Great commentary from Thomas Friedman this past Sunday on the White House response to a Democrat's suggestion that a tax be levied to pay for the Iraq War:
Every so often a quote comes out of the Bush administration that leaves you asking: Am I crazy or are they? I had one of those moments last week when Dana Perino, the White House press secretary, was asked about a proposal by some Congressional Democrats to levy a surtax to pay for the Iraq war, and she responded, "We've always known that Democrats seem to revert to type, and they are willing to raise taxes on just about anything ... does anyone seriously believe that the Democrats are going to end these new taxes that they're asking the American people to pay at a time when it's not necessary to pay them?" added Ms. Perino. "I just think it's completely fiscally irresponsible."
Friends, we are through the looking glass. It is now "fiscally irresponsible" to want to pay for a war with a tax. These democrats just don't understand: the tooth fairy pays for wars. Of course she does — the tooth fairy leaves the money at the end of every month under Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson's pillow. And what a big pillow it is! My God, what will the Democrats come up with next? Taxes to rebuild bridges or schools or high-speed rail or our lagging broadband networks? No, no, the tooth fairy covers all that. She borrows the money from China and leaves it under Paulson's pillow.
You just have to marvel at this administration and its irresponsibility on everything related to Iraq, including paying for our disastrous invasion and occupation. According Friedman, "[p]revious American generations connected with our troops by making sacrifices at home — we've never passed on the entire cost of a war to the next generation[.]" Not so with this war.
If you've been watching Ken Burn's The War, you know that Americans made tremendous sacrifices on the home front during World War II. But after 9/11, Bush didn't ask us to sacrifice, he asked us to go shopping. He is the quintessential baby boomer. Only instant gratification is acceptable, with no thought to consequences, intended or otherwise. The only Americans sacrificing for Iraq are the soldiers there and their families. Instead, companies like Blackwater and Haliburton are making record profits, and the rich are profiting from huge tax cuts the Bush Administration pushed through a Republican controlled Congress.
As a child of the baby boomer generation, my generation and our kid's generation will be stuck paying for this war - both financially, and in terms of the havoc it has wreaked on the world. You're doing a heckuva job, Georgie! Thanks for the disaster!
A side note on Dana Perino. Like most Republicans, she is full of hate for people who think or look different from her, particularly Democrats. So much so, that she actually spent time teaching her dog how to diss Democrats:
In a March interview with the Rocky Mountain News, Perino boasted of how she cruelly trained the [her dog] to make idiotic partisan politics statements:
Now, when she says, "Tell us what you really think about John Kerry," Henry fetches a flip-flop .... Asked if "anybody thinks that Bill Clinton should be in jail," Henry barks.
That's so clever! But whatever happened to "sit" and "roll over"? Thanks to Wonkette for the quote...