With Congress preparing to pass legislation to continue funding our highly successful double header wars in Iraq and
PakistanAfghanistan — allocating more hundreds of billions of dollars than is proper to mention in mixed company — isn't there somebody up there on Capitol Hill who's willing to do something loud and flashy and ultimately not particularly serious?
The War Is Making You Poor Act is elegant in its simplicity. Instead of financing these longstanding conflicts outside of the regular budgeting process, where they're not factored into deficit projections, Grayson’s bill would make the DoD work within its means, and the money would instead be used for an across-the-board tax cut that would make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.
"The purpose of this bill," wrote Grayson last week, "is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars." It's not just the costs of active shooting wars; with hundreds of bases overseas, as far as the defense budget is concerned Americans have been on a permanent wartime footing, to varying degrees, since Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. "War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape," wrote Grayson, "so much so that no one notices it anymore."
Aaaaaawwwww… What a nice sentiment. This won't go anywhere. I mean, I hate to be a realist here, but The Pedophile Protection and Methamphetamine Production Act (which, I'm pretty sure is a real act that I'm not just making up right now) almost certainly has a better shot of passing Congress than this.
The bill already has several co-sponsors, including at least two Republicans (albeit maverick GOPers Ron Paul of Texas and Walter Jones of South Carolina).
Oh, Ron Paul likes it? Well, I totally stand totally corrected. Now it's certain to be taken seriously.
Tags: Afghanistan, Alan Grayson, House of Representatives, Iraq, Military, Ron Paul