ISIS War Tax

Posted by David A. Peterson on 8. September 2014 in Economics, Issues |

ISIS War TaxOn Wednesday 9/9/14 the President is going to announce to the country his strategy for destroying our new enemy.

First I must say that I have a fundamental problem with going to war with an enemy when we don’t even know their official name. Come on now, who are these guys IS, ISIS, ISIL? Please pick a name or make one up.

Instead of IS, ISIS, ISIL how ’bout Sunni Islamic Terrorist Army. Since the government loves acronym they’ll be SITA or “Sick Bastards” for short.

Please Mr. President I’m begging you, at least know the name our new enemy before going to war.

Once the enemy is defined it does looks like a no-brainer for declaring war and employing the Bush Doctrine to take the fight to them. Since this group of sick bastards have beheaded Americans, and since they have the ability to easily travel to the West, and since they will continue to attack US citizens they must be stopped.

However, there is one small problem… our government doesn’t have any money to fight this new war.

My solution – the ISIS War Tax.

I’m guessing but I believe there is a sizable portion of Americans that would like ISIS to be stopped before they can wage war inside the US. Since it appears that the country is united behind defeating this enemy, it should be willing to pay for the war.

I’m asking for a temporary War Tax to specifically combat ISIS. Here’s the proposal:

  1. A flat payroll tax – to allow all working Americans to participate in the war effort
  2. A flat corporate tax – to allow all American businesses to participate in the war effort
  3. A progressive capital gains tax – to allow those with more to put their money where their mouths are
  4. An import tax placed on all goods being received from middle east – to allow countries like Saudi Arabia to get off their ass and get involved

Yes all of the above taxes are bad for the economy, but war in general is bad for the country. What’s worse, taxes to support a war, men and women dying in battle, or watching your male neighbor getting his head chopped off while his wife and daughter get sold into slavery. They’re all pretty darn bad.

You want to throw a little terror back at the Sunni Islamic Terrorist Army? Let them know that the American public and the surrounding Middle Eastern countries will literally (as in not figuratively) PAY ANYTHING to defeat them.

For those of you that say “It will  be easier on the economy if we borrow the money” you’re probably right however, IS, ISIS, ISIL, SITA, or the next Sick Bastards are figuratively right behind the next sand dune. The US can fight this battle on borrowed money, we can fight the next battle on borrowed money, but our debt is already way, way out of control. Soon our ability to borrow money at affordable rates will slow.

Once the IS, ISIS, ISIL, SITA or the next Sick Bastard realizes that we don’t have the resources to fight the next battle we’ll be in big trouble. Let’s not let it come to that foregone conclusion.

Implement a War Tax to battle ISIS. Let this and the next Sunni Islamic Terrorist Army know that it’s not just our sons, daughters, soldiers, and sailors going to war its the entire country going to war.


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  • Jim says:

    Very good blog comment. I would be glad to pay such a tax. But you have one big fallacy in your analysis. You said ‘Since it appears that the country is united behind defeating this enemy, it should be willing to pay for the war.’ No way is the country united. One recent man on the street interview I saw, 20 folks were questioned. Eight of the 20 even knew of ISIS. Overall there were no takers for going to war. For your plan to work we would need a president that believed strongly in the war and could sell the need to the public. Our president may say we will mount a war on ISIS but he will never be strongly for it let alone be able to sell it. This man has no credibility.

    • You’re right I may have spoken too quickly, we are probably not united on the issue. It’s up the President to make the case.

      • Jim says:

        Dave, going into the Obama speech last night the polls showed Americans had moved strongly toward hitting ISIS hard. Mainly due to the beheadings that were so widely publicized. Amazing move in public opinion in such a short period of time. This move certainly got the presidents attention and moved him to do what he should have done 2 years ago. Of course he will never admit any failing in his decisions. I expect he will even get a bump in the polls now that he has followed, lead from behind, the american public. Unfortunately he presented a plan that depends on Iraq, Kurds and moderates in Siria to do the job on the ground. This is doomed for failure. The US had to lead and lead firmly to have any chance for success. With luck folks will realize the fallacy of this plan b4 the mid term elections.

  • Rich Fondo says:

    ISIS wants nothing more than for us to put troops on the ground. While it is true that air strikes do not win conventional wars, we could eliminate this opponent by stepping up air strikes from 80 sorties per day to 80 per hour and with more powerful weaponry. I know there is the concern of collateral damage but the aggressor sets the rules in a conflict and I would rather have collateral damage over there than over here. As oversimplified and harsh as it sounds we need to turn all ISIS held territory into glass. Until we get back to fighting wars with overwhelming force and the intention to win, we will drag these conflicts on forever.

    Of course, we have to have a government that will admit that we are at war with radical Islam. Why is it so difficult for this administration to say this? Who are they afraid of offending? If you are a Muslim and get offended by the President saying we are at war with RADICAL ISlam, then I would question that person’ reason for refusing to accept the distinction.

    • I would rather the Saudis take up the ground offensive and have all the middle eastern country participate in air operations. Our role should be logistics and intelligence. Every barrel of imported middle eastern oil should be taxed to get them all seriously involved.

      • Jim says:

        Dave nothing to argue with the last comment. Saudis need to pay up with boots on the ground and oil $$. The free ride needs to end.

      • Jim says:

        Arab support starting, but lets see them offer man power – ‘THE ARAB LEAGUE CALLS for combating Islamic State extremists and others on several fronts after the head of the 22-member group urged a ‘comprehensive confrontation,’ reflecting growing urgency among Arab nations as President Obama finalizes his strategy and tries to rally US allies to action.’

  • Jim says:

    Rich, it is difficult for the administration to be critical of these ISIS monsters because they have so many Brotherhood Islamics working there. Two plus years to go with this admin is really scary. Just imagine what the senate will try to pass after the mid-term elections should they lose their majority? Will the establishment republicans in the house go alone with any of it? Will Obama just use his pen to do whatever a good dictator would do for ‘the people’. Times are bad and don’t expect any improvement with this bunch in charge.

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