“If this war is important enough to expand and fight, then it ought to be important enough to pay for,” Representative David Obey, a Wisconsin Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, tells TIME.
Interesting. The Democrats are using the Republican tactic against the Republicans.
Democrats tend to hate the war in Afghanistan, Republicans seem to love it. But the Republicans appear to hate meaningful health care reform while Democrats seem to love it.
‘Health care is too expensive,’ is the chorus from the GOP.
‘We can’t afford to escalate the war in Afghanistan,’ is the mounting chorus from the Democrats who may be in the process of trying institute a ‘war tax’ to emphasize their opposition to escalating the war.
The two wars are costing the US about $200 billion a year, with the cost of a soldier in Afghanistan for a year estimated to be $1 million — thus, the prospective escalation of 30,000 troops would cost an additional $3 billion, all borrow money for the cash-strapped Superpower.