Amanda Carpenter

Nussle was particularly concerned Congress had not finished their defense bill. “They’ve failed to pass an appropriation bill for defense,” Nussle said. “To me, that doesn’t make any sense in the context of being responsible. You may disagree with the war, but most people do not disagree when you have men and women in harm’s way, you give them the tools to do their job.”

Shortly after Townhall's interview with Nussle, a trio of House Democrats unveiled a plan to issue a new tax as a means to flame anti-war sentiments. House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D.-Wisc.), chairman of the Defense subcommittee on House Appropriations Jack Murtha (D.-Pa.), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) said they would make a push to raise $140 billion to $150 billion per year in taxes to finance on-going war operations.

In a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday afternoon, Obey said “if you don’t like the cost, shut down the war.”

Nussle’s aide Sean Kevelighan gave Townhall an email response to this plan after the interview. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Democrats are looking to raise taxes,” Kevelighan wrote. “In fact, with SCHIP, this will be their second tax increase proposal this week. Unfortunately, in this case it’s a proposal that’s trying to play politics with our troops.”

Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter is the author of “The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton,” published in October 2006.
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