Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/18/2013

Who should pay for war?

In all of the noise emanating from and surrounding the debates over deficit reduction versus stimulus spending I have not witnessed anyone in the media ask any of our so-called representatives on either side of the political aisle this question: “When we go to war, how should we pay for it?”

A very large part of the federal deficit is from the two longest wars in our history, both of which have been financed completely with borrowed money.

The fact that this was done while cutting taxes in 2001 and 2003 only increased the problem. The Bush administration never put the cost of the wars in any of their budgets; the people never knew what was going to be spent until after the fact.

Absent the courage to ask us to buy “war bonds,” should not the argument be made that if these wars were vital to our national interest shouldn’t there be an increase in taxes to pay down the portion of the deficit they caused and that the taxes should be levied, at least in part, on those who profited and continue to profit from them, as we did in World War II?

Marlowe Bonner

Traverse City

Pardon hypocritical

Gun control advocate, President Barack Hussein Obama, recently pardoned Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., who was sentenced to four years of probation for possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number.

Obama has proposed draconian gun control laws that would infringe upon the rights provided for the citizens of these United States of America by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Apparently these draconian gun control laws Obama is proposing do not apply to those he selectively chooses to pardon for violating gun laws already in existence.

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