Leading Dem Says Winning In Afghanistan Will Require Increase in Taxes

Funny… Bush didn’t have to increase taxes to win the War in Iraq?
A leasding antiwar liberal suggested on Friday that the democrats will have to increase taxes if America wants to continue fighting in Afghanistan.

Higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for more troops sent to Afghanistan and NATO should provide half of the new soldiers, said Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

An “additional income tax to the upper brackets, folks earning more than $200,000 or $250,000” a year, could fund more troops, Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend.

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag has estimated that each additional soldier in Afghanistan could cost $1 million, for a total that could reach $40 billion if 40,000 more troops are added.

In March Senator Levin announced that the democrats would have to cut funding to the Pentagon.

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