Russell Rumbaugh, director of the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program, has an Op-Ed in The New York times. In the Op-Ed, “A Tax to Pay for War”, Mr. Rumbaugh argues that Congress should institute a surcharge for any military action requiring additional funding above appropriated levels.
“The Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission and Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, both proposed doing much the same thing. None of these proposals resolved the question of whether to pay for future wars through spending cuts or raising more revenue. Now that Congress has finally passed legislation letting taxes increase, we must make a choice and require a tax surcharge to pay for any military operation.”
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