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. Frank

    Are tax money is already paying for the war.
    What is the plan to tax us again?
    Where in the hell does she think the money comes from?
    Tax payers can't print money like the government
    Maybe congress should looking for ways to cut government, starting with there staff and than there perks

    November 24, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Gee, maybe if you these idiots hadn't bailed out wall street and all their rich buddies we wouldn't be asking "if we can afford this war"....

    November 24, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Patrick Temple

    Nice that the Dems are ok with taxing Americans to punish us for what they believe is a Rep started and maintained war. The war is bankrupting us, really? How bout national healthcare? That will be cheap I'm sure. >)

    November 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. saynotopelosi

    So we can't afford the War in Afghanistan, but we CAN afford to spend trillions on socialized health care and a second stimulus plan? I cannot wait until mid-term elections when Americans finally get to oust these out of control spenders.

    November 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. JIM

    Funny how the democrats will throw mony away for anthing EXCEPT our security. To make it OK "its tax the rich" pretty soon there will be no more "rich" who sign the paychecks, because it is the govt that wants that job.

    November 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. File Under "Sarcasm"

    This woman never met a tax she didn't like, especially if she can target to the "rich" and spread the wealth around. I guess debating taxes and blaming them on Bush will take the spotlight off her $2 trillion healthcare fiasco.

    November 24, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Reader

    You can't tax the unemployed House Speaker Pelosi. There's nothing left to take. Additionally, if you're from Chicago, you already are doubly taxed by the Chicago Way.

    November 24, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Bill Dougherty

    Why don't they make a decision between fighting the war in Afghanistan and health care, and leave the American taxpayers alone.

    Aren't the spensing impacts about the same?

    November 24, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Joe

    Who elected these itdiots???

    November 24, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Brian

    Financing a war in a country that cannot be "controlled" or "liberated" is just more insanity from the usual suspects. What happened to getting out of these useless wars?? During Nam', the chant was "hell NO! We won't go!, maybe today it should be NO WAY! WE WON'T PAY"! Screw this place anymore, I am a fed up, disillusioned and angry citizen!

    November 24, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. BoBo

    Pelosi keeps door open on war tax. delete the word "war" and the headline will be correct. Tax tax tax Pelosi's MO.

    November 24, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. xrocketeer

    They want to get all they can before we throw them out of office

    November 24, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Insanity

    "Share The Sacrifice"?? Are they nuts?

    Don't these bloodsuckers see what's happening in this country?
    Americans are hurting-they have nothing left to give.

    Let Peolsi and the Obama crew first give up 3/4 of their income and their tax payer funded health insurance policies before they ask taxpayers for another dime for an unwinable "war" that no one wanted in the first place.

    Taxpayers are funding tonight's lavish State Dinner.
    Anyone out there get an invitation?
    No? Why not? Hell you paid for it.

    November 24, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Rob

    Is there a tax that Nancy Pelosi is not open to?

    November 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Jack

    I loathe Ms Pelosi – this isn't that bad of an idea. At least the rest of America can start sharing in the burden currently being carried entirely by those in uniform.

    America is not at war. America is at the mall. The military is at war.

    November 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Bigd

    That's right Nancy – Tax the folks that are losing their jobs to pay for a losing war. Won't affect your paycheck will it?

    November 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Brandon from Albuquerque

    Wow, even as a hardcore Democrat I'm starting to dislike her.

    What's ironic is that the Republicans will cause so much grief about this, yet they had no problem whatsoever with raising taxes for the Iraq War. Can someone remind me again which of the two countries became an actual threat to the U.S?

    November 24, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This sort of tax may just be the straw that breaks the camel's back, both for the American people and the American economy.

    America is already tremendously strained under the weight of growing unemployment, devalued US currency, crumbling infrastructure, and spend like it's Dec 2011 economic policies. We're focusing our efforts on a foreign country where the costs do not outweigh the benefits.

    The historic precedent for wars in Afghanistan is abysmal. What does the Pentagon hope to gain? Showing that we can still pee as far as we used to? - Well, gents, this continued policy will only serve to ruin America and it's sickening. This war and any proposed war tax makes me, a fairly peaceable mom, angry enough to fight. - And not in Afghanistan.

    November 24, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. jrios

    more load to the tax payers to help the ungrateful. we need to take care of the american people. there has to be someway to unite the american people and vote out both the democrates and republicans supporting these measures. I say enough is enough

    November 24, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. stu

    Pelosi is open to any tax, period. Democrats = party of taxes.

    November 24, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Eiolg

    When we were all so upset about 9-1-1, Bush could have convinced (some of us) us to go to war AND pay for it with additional taxes, but instead he lowered taxes and told us to go shopping. He missed an opportunity to say that fighting the terrorists was worth paying for NOW, not putting on the debt for our grandchildren. I think that raising taxes now might be a good fiscal idea that won't sell.

    November 24, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  22. George

    These people are INSANE!!! They have this idea that money just grows on trees and all they have to do is go out back and pick it (well... in a way they do just "go out back and pick it" right out of the American public's pocket).
    This is going to do WONDERS for unemployment, again... they just don't know how to connect the dots.
    HEY, Pelosi, Murtha, Rangel, Frank and Larson, when you get done stealing every penny from the middle-class and leaving us all unemployed, do you think you could STOP THE SPENDING??!!!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Scott

    I have an idea... instead of continuing to pay for a war that the American people do not want, we LEAVE and not have to pay anything anymore?

    November 24, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Independent

    Don't all your federal tax dollars go to all these fake wars anyway???
    From North of the border!!

    November 24, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Barry

    What next, Nancy – a pulse tax? The Dems can't sleep at night without dreaming up another way to increase taxes. Why do I think that this new "war tax" will be primarily waged on those of us who actually earn a living, as opposed to the 40%+ of folks who pay no taxes at all? I have a solution for your war tax: why don't we just increase the taxes on those politicians who wage war? That would be the quickest way to end these frivolous conflicts. Please, America – vote these idiots (Democrats AND Republicans) out of office next November before they destroy what's left of our country.

    November 24, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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