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Pelosi Opposes Surtax Proposal To Pay For War

Well, so much for that idea...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) apparently doesn't favor a surtax to pay for the war in Iraq that a trio of her prominent members unveiled Tuesday morning. Her distaste was enough that aides even posted her comment below rejecting the idea on her website Tuesday afternoon:

"During nearly five years of war in Iraq, the President has failed to learn the lesson that war should require shared sacrifice. He has asked for no sacrifice from the American people -- except from our men and women in uniform and their families -- while adding hundreds of billions of dollars in debt for future generations to repay.

"Some have suggested that shared sacrifice should take the form of a draft; others have suggested a surtax. Those who oppose a tax and the draft also should oppose the President's war. Just as I have opposed the war from the outset, I am opposed to a draft and I am opposed to a war surtax.

"The choice is between a Democratic plan for responsible redeployment of our troops and the President’s plan for a 10-year war in Iraq. We must end this war."

Her remarks alleviate the concerns of those Democrats who were taken aback by the proposal. But don't expect her remarks to stop Republicans from piling on (after all, it's been a rough couple of weeks for the GOP, so they're licking their chops for a reason to take shots at the majority).