Friday, May 21, 2010

War Is Making You Poor

I don't live in his Congressional district, but Alan Grayson represents me perfectly with the "War Is Making You Poor" bill:

I believe that the thing we need to do is to take that $159 billion that the President has set aside – we’re not saying he has to stop the war, we’re not giving a cut-off date for the war – we’re simply saying you need to fund that out of the base budget of $549 billion. And we take 90 percent of that and give it back to the American people.

And I think most people would be surprised to learn that that is so much money that we’ve been spending on the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq that every single taxpayer in America will be get his first or her first $35,000 of income completely tax free.
Married couples would see their first $70,000 of combined income excluded from federal income taxes under this bill.

It is obscene that the USA continues to spend as much as the rest of the world combined on its "national defense," and doubly obscene that the money the USA spends on Iraq and Afghanistan is over and above that amount.

I generally keep up with things of this nature, but this one surprises me -- didn't President Chickenshit campaign on ending this phony accounting that separated ongoing war funding from regular defense funding? Or was it only a pledge to end the practice of keeping Iraq/Afghanistan funding "off-budget," as the Bush-Cheney junta had consistently done to make their deficits look smaller?

This law needs to pass. It will not.

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