Marines are at War, America is Shopping
I can't wait to see how the anti-tax crowd responds to this:
Says one retired general: "Marines are at war, America is at the mall."
With few exceptions, the conspicuous absence of the social elite – including celebrities, the upper class, and children of politicians – in the military creates the impression that this war isn't worth fighting, says Charles Moskos, noted military sociologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. "This is the no-sacrifice war."
But if it's not possible to enlist, some say the next best thing is money.
Enter Sen. Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record), the independent from Connecticut, who last Thursday proposed a new tax to raise money for troops. The "Support Our Troops Tax" would raise $50 billion per year over the next five years to pay for defense and veterans benefits and services. The proposal, coming in the form of an amendment to the fiscal 2008 budget, is what Senator Lieberman calls the need for a "shared sacrifice."