Two former advisers to George W. Bush had a spirited debate on Sunday morning over the possibility of a surtax to pay for a troop escalation in Afghanistan.
Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Dan Senor, a neoconservative war hawk who served as Bush's spokesman in Iraq, called proposals for taxing the rich to pay for the war a backdoor effort to derail any surge in forces. He was opposed by another Bush hand, former communications honcho Matthew Dowd -- a GOP traditionalist -- who said it was unfair to have an increase in troops without a shared social sacrifice.
SENOR: Let's be honest about what this is about. It's about a campaign against President Obama's troops surge. It's not really about paying for it. It's about arguing against it.
GEORGE WILL: And there's going to be no surtax. We all agree on that. So everyone, relax.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:37 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
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Answer by Carpy at 7:48 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:48 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
a GOP traditionalist -- who said it was unfair to have an increase in troops without a shared social sacrifice.
I am in this boat. Maybe then people will actually give a damn and DEMAND results or withdrawel
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:57 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:02 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
Grace the war hasn't been paid for since its inception, what are you talking about?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:08 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:12 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 8:47 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
I think if it has been analyzed that waste has been cut from the military spending budget and is minimal and we still need that much money, then we need a tax to fund the war. One example of what I think are many~It bothers me when I goto our military base and the golf course is getting entirely re-done but the troops don't have adequate resources in Iraq. And I am an avid golfer, but I would rather pay MORE money to play and keep the funding and waste out or at least to the min. I don't think ANYONE in DC truly cares about waste. They just want to keep adding projects and spending and not analyzing where the money is specifically going.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:49 PM on Nov. 29, 2009
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