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Friday, October 10, 2003

Barney Frank on Iraq Spending

The ever-pugnacious and always-intelligent Barney Frank writes in today's Boston Globe that he won't approve President Bush's proposed spending for Iraq without some rollback of tax cuts:

"We should be undoing tax cuts to produce far more than $87 billion. Even before the $87 billion request, the Bush policies were slated to add $1 trillion to the national debt in fiscal years 2003 and 2004 alone. But at the very least, the president ought to be willing to join us in paying for the consequences of his policy in Iraq by cutting back on the excesses of his fiscally irresponsible and socially inequitable tax reductions.

"I will vote to meet America's obligations in Iraq even though I thought we were wrong to incur them. But I will not do so at the expense of important domestic social and economic needs. Forcing Congress -- and America -- to make such a choice will be damaging and divisive, and President Bush should stop insisting that we do."

As usual, Frank (my Congressman, incidentally) proposes something that is right but difficult to achieve. I will be curious to see if he can actually rally some forces in the Congress to join him in insisting on tax changes to fund the war expense.