November 24th, 2009
07:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Pelosi keeps door open on war tax

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Speaker Pelosi said Tuesday that 'there is serious unrest' in the House Democratic Caucus over funding the Afghanistan war."]
Washington (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi kept the door open Tuesday to a proposal by several senior House Democrats to impose a graduated surtax on American taxpayers to finance the war in Afghanistan.

While Pelosi wasn't pressed about the details of the new war tax, she pointed to strong reservations among Congressional Democrats about the costs of the war during a conference call Tuesday with several economic writers and bloggers.

"But let me say that there is serious unrest in our Caucus about can we afford this war?" Pelosi said.

Two years ago when House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wisconsin, floated a similar war tax to pay for the war in Iraq, Pelosi quickly rejected it. But on Tuesday Pelosi said the costs of the war and the impact they will have on other domestic priorities should be part of the discussion over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

In addition to Obey, several senior Democrats close to Pelosi have signed on as co-sponsors of the "Share the Sacrifice Act." These include Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania, Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-New York, Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, and the third ranking House Democrat John Larson, D-Connecticut. Obey projects that an escalation of significantly more U.S. troops to Afghanistan will cost about $1 trillion over the next ten years.

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  1. steven

    she should pay taxes before she expects us to

    November 24, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Kenneth Neighbors

    I think Mrs. Pelosi shouldn't be thinking about any new taxes. If the Dems pass a bill that will give the american people a new war tax, I think she will make a big mistakecome election year.

    November 24, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. concered

    That is just what we need, another tax. If the govt will quit wasting our money they would have plenty to go around. The govt should buy another mismanaged car company, not!!!

    November 24, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. painter1

    how about people who have a net worth of millons give a flat percentage of thier wealth rather than tax working people who can't make decent earnings to support families and a moderate lifestyle. they would not do without. or would you mrs. speaker of the house. maybe cancel those exspensive flights back and forth to work, that maybe be a ckue as to how we can pay for war.

    November 24, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Jason Canon

    Nancy Polosi never met a tax that she didn't love!

    November 24, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    And here's what that tax should be: roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, returning the highest rate to 39% (what it was under Reagan).

    GW Bush pushing through tax cuts during wartime was not only unprecedented in our nation's history, it was totally irresponsible.

    But then that’s to be expected from a bunch of Chicken hawks who thought we'd be greeted as liberators in Iraq and walked away from serious efforts in Afghanistan when the situation became difficult …

    November 24, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. drc

    How about we put a tax on botox....Pelosi will keep the war going for years.

    November 24, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. What The Hell ??

    You've been warned
    Democrats equal=Tax and spend $
    Tax and spend $
    Tax and spend $

    $ Those are your dollars flying away bye bye money

    November 24, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. mary

    No, we can't afford this war, and there should be NO surtax ! We are taxed enough. Enough is enough is enough! We have real Americans who are homeless and hungry, it's time we came home and took care of business here.

    November 24, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Daven

    Fiscal responsibility is always a good thing. I don't think anyone liberal or conservative really believes we should leave the Taliban and Al Qaeda alone in Afghanistan, I am glad we are looking at ways to make sure it doesn't effect the deficit.

    November 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Roland Lamontagne

    Will the people in Washington, that placed themselves on pedastels, take a cut in pay and reduced self imposed benefits? Congress is about to prove yet again they don't know the value of money but they know how to spend it foolishly. Give America a break – just send Congress home. It'll save us from further debt we can't afford already!

    November 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Gentwelve

    For 30 years the Feds have been spending money they don't have and never intended to pay back. Both parties are guilty and come 2012 a new trend of American ideology, based on reality will be born.

    It will not be lead by "change" nor will it be "rouge", forget about the worn out conservative or the ridiculous liberal.

    It will be born from the sacrifice of having less, creating renewable and sustainable wealth and will free us of our foreign debt.

    Warning: do not stand in our way for “we are the people”

    November 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Chad in Iowa

    Democrats are going to be in major trouble this upcoming midterm elections. The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have created "change" that is not well supported by the public. Bring on Republican control!

    November 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. John Fieschko

    Pelosis and Rangel scare the hell out of me and the future of our nation.

    November 24, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Eva Gabrielle

    What a disappointment!!
    Obama promised to get us out of war!!

    Now he may be sending more troops to Afghanistan.
    If he does, it will become his war!

    On so many levels, I don't see how this country can
    do more war!!

    Please Mr. President, no more war!!!

    November 24, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Crash Davis

    How lovely, another tax on something I don't want.

    November 24, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Steven

    Just end the wars, like you said you would...................

    November 24, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Darth Cheney

    What, accountability and transparency over the cost of war? What do you think this is, some sort of democracy or something?

    November 24, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Guy Watson

    Make it a progressive tax and it will fly. We don't want a war . We voted Democrats in to stop the war . All we got was a switch from focus on Iraq to a focus on Afghanistan. We are still in Iraq.We also voted for a pubic option and health care reform but what we got are numerous compromises. There is a new saying in France. We nave been "Carterized" . Great candidate but weak manager. A congress that is co-opted by lobby cash and a true "Non-Democratic Democracy" . We need a new party . Maybe Progressive Party would do it it's for sure the two we have are not doing what the voters asked for. The Republicans are off in angry la la land and the Democrats are so busy compromising they forgot what the task was.

    November 24, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    It will be the best day for America when we can take the gavel out of this wicked person's hand in 2010!

    November 24, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. lefty loosy

    What an idiot

    November 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Doug

    Oh, you mean Americans actually paying for their war instead of borrowing the money from China to wage it? You would think the Conservative would jump at this chance to show some "personal responsibility." But, of course, they want the future to pay for it.

    November 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. 2manyhorses

    Enough already! This is an inane war started by an insane president that cannot be won and needs to end.
    Way past time to take care of our own and stop throwing money at an adversary whom we will not cannot change ideologies!

    November 24, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Billy Meder

    Here's an idea, Do what you were elected to do. Get us out of there!

    November 24, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. not alone

    Ummm no,please please please can we get a common sense party ASAP.

    November 24, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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