Yglesias sighs:

I haven’t seen anyone even really attempt to persuade me that this policy makes sense in cost-benefit terms. And I think the reaction to David Obey’s “war tax” idea is tellingnobody seems to really think there are national interests at stake that are critical enough to be worth paying slightly higher taxes for. But if a war’s not worth paying for, how can it be worth fighting?

Ezra Klein has more on the cold reception Obey's "war tax" weathered. And imagine if there were a draft. DO you think anyone would back this surge?

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