Leave it to a Democrat to find a reason to raise taxes, even in war.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., wants to ensure that all Americans have skin in the game if the United States is going to war against the Islamic State militants who now control large portions of Syria and Iraq.
From the House floor, he went so far Tuesday as to say that a war tax should be imposed, as well as “mandatory recruitment” — see draft.
“It’s so easy to try to bring justice to a situation if it doesn’t cause you anything or any inconvenience,” Rangel said. “Already we have lost trillions of dollars and over 6,000 lives in this area, and I don’t think we have yet to declare war.”
He said if we are going to officially declare war, then two provisions should be attached to it.
“One of those, of course is a war tax,” Rangel said. “These last wars, the only people who have suffered, were those people who had boots on the ground, or those people who know people, or those people who went to the funerals.”
“I don’t think it’s asking to much of Americans to be able to say yes and we’re willing to pay taxes for it and yes we’re ready to have mandatory recruitment of young men and women who are prepared to say that if our nation’s in trouble, we all should be doing something,” he added.
As it turns out, calling for a draft is an old gimmick from this one trick pony — Rangel has made this proposal several times since 2003, the last time in 2011, according to the Huffington Post.