How can Bush and Congressional Republicans justify running up huge deficits to pay for the war in Iraq? At least when Democrats want to indulge their core agenda by increasing spending on social programs, they have the guts to raise taxes to pay for it. Whether you are for the war or against it, it is just reckless to commit to spending hundreds of billions of dollars to invade Iraq, but avoid taking the responsibility to pay for it.
If conservatives are in favor of keeping more money in the pockets of the people who earn it, why are they in such a hurry to incur long term debts that will incur massive interest payments, when paying for it now with increased taxes will be cheaper? I learned long ago that the indiscriminate use of credit is a trap that inevitably comes back to haunt you. It is too bad that a president surrounded dozens of economic advisors can’t learn the same lesson without making the rest of us pay for his education.
It flies in the face of the conservative mantra about personal accountability when the President refuses to accept the consequences of his actions by evading the tough decision to raise taxes to pay for the war, thus saddling future generations massive debt. He is acting like a drunken frat boy with his daddy’s credit card, pursuing his political goals without regard to where the money is coming from, or the long-term effect on the economy.
It is arrogant hypocrisy to demand responsibility of others without having the courage to practice it yourself. Bush is a political coward with out the stones to accept that war costs money, and the responsible thing to do is to raise taxes to pay for it. Yes, raising taxes is politically difficult; but mortgaging the economic future of our children for political expediency is immoral, and belies this president’s weak character, and his unwillingness to bear the consequences of his actions.