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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

War is Making You Poor

Not to be confused with “War, What is it Good For,” which was Tolstoy’s original title for “War and Peace.”

John Conyers and Alan Grayson are co-sponsoring the “War is Making You Poor Act” (H.R. 5353). This bill would limit defense spending to the exact amount that’s already allotted for the 2011 budget: $548.9 billion.

But the main selling point is: There will be NO federal income tax on the first $35,000 of every American’s annual income. For couples it’ll be the first $70,000.

This tax relief will be made possible by allocating $159.3 billion that was set aside for “discretionary operations abroad.” Alan Grayson said:

“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.”

E.D. Kain of the National Review said:

“Each troop we send to Afghanistan costs the public $1 million per year. That’s $1 million siphoned out of the U.S. economy and shipped overseas to the mountains of Afghanistan and the Iraqi deserts…For years many of these costs were hidden, not even included in the Pentagon’s defense budget. This obscures not only the real cost of war, but the costs of all the extraneous programs our tax dollars end up going toward in the name of national defense.”

Grayson adds:

“The costs of the war have been rendered invisible. There's no draft. Instead, we take the most vulnerable elements of our population, and give them a choice between unemployment and missile fodder. Government deficits conceal the need to pay in cash for the war. We put the cost of both guns and butter on our Chinese credit card.”

Here is a petition you can sign if you want Congress to pass the War is Making You Poor Act.

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Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Or, and here's another thought, we could just end the war.
The Soviet Union was driven to bankruptcy by their excursion in the "graveyard of empires". Do we have to wait until this happens to us, since, we have no clear objective, we have no exit strategy, and we have no clear definition of victory?

June 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is Erik’s Solution to getting returns on these wars:

1. Bush and the Republicans promised when we invaded Iraq that Iraqi oil money would be used to pay us back. Let’s stick them to that promise and appoint a mostly Republican commission to make it so. Make those overpaid goons who work for Xe (Blackwater) Guard every inch of the pipelines and the refineries until we get an decent cut of the business, say 20% annually off the top, unless it’s an Election year for the Democratic President then 30%.

2. I’ve posted this before: get Halliburton and Xe out of there and let troops do what Military troops have been training to do since Alexander the Great, be self sufficient and let them do their own KP and Latrine duty. If we can’t get rid of them then re-open the contract to bidding as per law and let them compete with other contractors, I bet we will save a lot of money that way.

3. That Inspector General that the Republicans tried to fire because he found Halliburton was cheating the Government. Let’s get the Justice Department to help him out, I know we can squeeze a few billion in fines out of them and put some of their top jackasses in jail.


A chicken in every pot

June 30, 2010 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

You know, I've been thinking a lot about the guns vs. butter issue lately. I think one of the possible silver linings of the bad economy is maybe people will actually start to seriously think about what these wars are worth and if we can continue to afford to fund them.

June 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

That bill sounds like a good idea to me. But then, I favor going back to the quaint constitutional requirement that obliges presidents to go to Congress seeking a formal declaration of war.

July 1, 2010 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Fine. When Al-Qaeda cells activate dirty bombs hidden underneath your bed, don't come crying to me!

July 1, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The "War Is Making You Poor" bill has no support compared to the "War Is Making US Rich Club" that owns the politicians.

War it shall be.

July 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Yes, I'm afraid we have to wait 'til we make the exact same self-destruct errors the Soviets made. Then we'll all have 20/20 hindsight.

Erik: I like your 3-part plan. Excellent.

J: We could sure use a few silver linings right about now. I hope that'll be one.

SW: I too am in favor of that quaint outdated notion of formally declaring war on a country before we invade. Funny how conservatives don't remember that part of the Constitution.

Randal: OK, I've been warned.

Dave: Right you are. "War is making US Rich!" will win every time.

July 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

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