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November 30th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 11/30/2009

Editor's Note: With President Obama’s announcement on Afghanistan set for Tuesday, American Morning’s Monday audience was greatly concerned about a “war tax” being proposed by some lawmakers.

  • Ellen: ... NO ON THE WAR TAX, WE'RE BROKE ALREADY, OBAMA PROMISED NO HIGHER TAXES ON MIDDLE INCOME AND ALL THE REST OF THE DEMS DO IT RAISE TAXES ON THIS AND THAT, IT ALL AMOUNTS TO THE SAME THING-A TAX INCREASE. WE'RE BROKE. THE COUNTRY IS BROKE WAKE UP.
  • Joseph: Concerning the War Tax. It is apparent that the Democratic Party will not be satisfied until such time as they tax the people of this country into complete poverty. They have no sense of what the people want because they do not listen to the people. They are in direct violation of the constitution because they do not follow the people's direction. Every representative currently holding office should be brought up on charges of Treason. They have failed completely in their oath of office to “Uphold and Defend the Constitution of the United States”.
  • David: on the war tax, I believe that our country should get out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Granted, we do need to do what must be done to protect our country, but once we leave these wars, are we not still going have to do many things to protect our country here at home? So why not concentrate on what matters and quit worrying about the Wars and bring our troops home!
  • Lynn: I oppose a 'War Tax' to pay for the war in Afghanistan. The US Citizens have been paying for this war since George W Bush started it (and left it) over 8 years ago...and we continue to pay in dollars and lives! I strenuously object to any more taxes for this war!
  • William: RE. the war tax. We have $12 trillion in debt. We paid $384 bil. in interest on the public debt. Health will cost $2 trillion. We have 17.5% unemployed and we're talking about a war tax. What a joke.

What do you think of a “war tax” to help fund a troop surge in Afghanistan? Continue the conversation below.


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  1. David

    I am against a war tax. I am already reaching into the bottom of my pockets just to survive.
    Our government will not listen to us and does not seem to care.
    They are throwing parties and living very wealthy while it's taxpayers live in poverty, and I beleive that is what they want.
    I say throw their rich butts out and exile them to afghanistan . Let them fight for the cause they so much beleive in. we can no longer afford to police the world. Let us worry about us first .
    I deeply regret 9/11, but it was the governments fault, they let these men who flew the planes into this country and even trained them in our schools!!!!!
    They are purposefully flooding this country with uneducated foreigners and training them and then the ones we help turn on us and use our own training against us. Uncle sam will also give them all kinds of good benifits for coming here.
    I recently heard about a hispanic woman that came to the US and became a citizen, then she denounced her citizenship so she could get all her benifits back that uncle gave her for just being here. and they let her stay in our country even after she denounced her citizenship.
    Our federal government is a joke, and a very bad one.
    I heard on the news that they are the second most corrupt government in the world, only topped by Mexico, and uncle sam is letting mexico flood our country with illegal hispanics.
    Their are not enough jobs for us and 138,000 immigrants a month are coming across our mexican border into america and a lot of them are getting good benifits and schooling that our own citizens can not get.
    Soon we will all be working for minimum wage just to survive, and if you dont work for 7 dollars per hour, you wont work.
    Our government is far to powerfull for the average citizen to do anything but gripe about them,.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  2. Lee

    If Congress simply doubled ALL income taxes to pay for the war(s) the urgency for ending them would become America's top priority again.

    December 4, 2009 at 1:19 am |
  3. david wilcox

    you are all a bunch of idiots.talking about war plans on tv.at one time that would be considered treason.open your eyes and shut your mouth.

    December 2, 2009 at 7:01 am |
  4. therealsince1982

    I had been the minority against ANY war and retaliation since 9/11 because I knew any war would be long and costly and ineffective.

    But now that the US is ALREADY fighting the war, you can't back out of it easy. If you pull out too fast, there will more bad consequences for all. Not least of which is a nuclear Pakistan being controlled by Islamists and will use "the bomb" on its enemies, namely Europe and the US.

    Oh well, no telling how many more trillions America will have to pay to these countries to buy them off now.

    December 2, 2009 at 4:36 am |
  5. Old Enough To Know

    It's a shame that the government is looking for a bail out to finance their inability to spend within their own budget. This "war tax" is double dipping into the overtaxed pockets of the American people. Trying to justify this "war tax" by guilting us into believing that this generation would be not as "patriotic" as the one which sacrificed for the financing of WWII is unforgiveable. After the loss of over 11,000 American lives, it seems our government is too afraid, embarassed and/or ashamed to admit that this is the kind of war that can not be won using the tactics we have chosen. While at home unemployment continues to erode our economy, our borders are not much more secure, and even a cocktail reception with the President can't be secured by our Secret Service well enough to keep out a couple of party crashers! There is plenty of work to do right here at home before we continue to expend any more American lives and American money chasing ghosts in the desert under the guise of "protecting our interests abroad"!

    December 1, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  6. Angie

    You cannot have it both ways. It is either one or the other.
    We had Osama Bin Laden in our sights more than once but Bush and Cheney failed to get him, and the "World laughs at us!"
    For 7 1/2 years the Afghan War and Rebuilding of Afhanistan were ignored by Bush and Cheney, and the "World laughs at us!"
    For 7 1/2 years Bush and Cheney allowed the regrouping of the taliban along with the Poppy fields funding spreading of taliban with al quaida terrorism to other regions and countries in the middle east, and the "World laughs at us!"
    Part of Obamas' package will contain civilians to help build the police, the government both local and national, the medical across the country, as well as building legal industries in Afghanistan, yet both Some Republicans and Some Democrats object. "The World is Laughing at our Objecting the cure!"
    We pulled out of the Gulf War without finishing, and were the Laughing stock of the Middle East. They called us cowards for pulling out and Not finishing that 6 month war when Bush senior was president, Remember!
    If we pull out without finishing the job and not put the resources to help re-build, Democracy will continue to be 'The Joke of the World.'
    For once, Let's finish what we started. Then, and only then, Democracy will Not continue to be 'A Joke!'

    December 1, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  7. Bruce

    You and your correspondents still talk about the Afghan war as if the US is the only one there. I have news for you the British are there as well. Given the difference in population and armed forces size, the British commitment to the Afghan War is the same as the USA. You say that the only way to clean up the Afghan army and police is to have American troops alongside. The Brits are also training the Afghan army and police. Why don't you have a CNN reporter spend some time with British troops. This is one of the reasons that NATO is not completely on board. They know the American Media (therefore the American people) don't care one bit about allied troops and their involvement. So why bother?

    December 1, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  8. Greg

    Who gets the money we pay for the war?
    Americans, I hope.

    December 1, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  9. rick ellis

    why do we keep giving foriegn aid espically to gov.s that do not sopport our missions . and why don't we bomb more after we know
    where the insorgents are in large numbers. and finally why are insurgents after being captured and being held for a short time only
    are set free to fight & kill our men and women again and again.

    December 1, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  10. Fred

    I'm not American and so I wouldn't be paying any such tax ; therefore, I don't think it would be proper for me to comment. But thank you for the great coverage of these vital issues, John & Kiran!

    December 1, 2009 at 6:59 am |
  11. Frank

    I usually put my TV set on mute when commercials are airing, now more and more I do the same when I find your reports annoying. There is enough strange and worrisome events in the world presently that we need to tune ourselves out of it to enjoy life better. I do not know what you have to gain in playing up the Tiger Woods story, given that it is a despicable intrusive behaviour. If I have to pick between CNN and Tiger, I pick Tiger. He is entitled to his private life, and in case you did not know, we all are aware that he is making real money. And, unlike the investment banker that is getting rich in loosing less money than the index is fine with me. So why are you trying to play up everything that goes against what we want to hear. I have to mute CNN so many times now, that I am seriously considering muting it for good. If I wanted to read the news from the National Enquirer, I would buy it. Are you lowering the bar in terms of standards, or have we evolved and therefore you are no longer fulfilling our needs.

    December 1, 2009 at 6:47 am |
  12. Donna A. Reuter

    This is what Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution of the United State of America has to say about a "war tax":

    "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

    Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States;[2] If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

    Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill."

    What this means is that Congress needed to collect the revenue needed before Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom went into effect. Whether it is a "tax" or "bond measure" or a "surcharge." The "war tax" is a Constitutional necessity, anything else is not acceptable.

    November 30, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. FatSean

    We need to pay out debts! Americans screamed for these wars, got the wars, but they won't pay! WTF?!

    November 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |