UPDATE: Al is talking about this on his show now. It should be fun listening to  the wingnuts call in and defend the status quo.


A full cut and paste is the only way to do justice to this Americablog post.

House Approps chair Obey: It’s time for a war tax
by makeprofilelink(“John Aravosis (DC)”); John Aravosis (DC) · 10/02/2007 01:55:00 PM ET
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Halle-freaking-lujah. I’ve been proposing this for a while. It’s time we had a line item on our federal taxes for the war. Let people see what it’s really costing them, then see how happy they are about this war.

Obey also came out in favor of Rep. James McGovern’s (D-Mass.) war tax proposal.

“If you don’t like the cost, then shut down the war,” Obey said in a news conference.

The tax would be intended to raise roughly $150 billion for the war. It would be a surtax of 2 to 15 percent of income tax. A 2 percent surtax means that a person who would otherwise pay $100 in taxes would pay $102.

I’d love to see Bush and the Republicans say that they aren’t in favor of funding our troops. Of course, I don’t believe for a minute that the Democrats have the balls to do anything of the sort. The old David Obey wouldn’t have stood for Bush’s ongoing shenanigans, the man was a terror to behold (I actually got to debate him once during a House-Senate conference, it was rather weird, I was whispering the words in a Senator’s ear as he was repeating them to Obey as his own, very very weird – but I won :-). The new David Obey is just another Democratic sheeple. I miss the old Obey.