To: Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH-1) and Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT-2)
Brown, Sanders: Make the 1% Pay for the Iran War
Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders should say that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, the top 1% of the income distribution should be taxed to pay for the financial cost of the war.
Why is this important?
The failure of the "Grand Bargain" - the proposal to cut Social Security benefits and raise taxes to protect the Pentagon budget from cuts - shows that Washington can be made to do the right thing if the choices are framed correctly. It turned out that the 1% preferred cutting the Pentagon budget to having their taxes raised.
Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez are trying to blow up the President's diplomacy with Iran by pushing for a Senate vote on new sanctions. If Schumer and Menendez blow up diplomacy, the only thing left on the menu in the restaurant will be war. Before the Senate votes on the Schumer-Menendez bill, the Senate should tell us who is going to pay for the war.
Urge economic populists Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders to introduce Senate legislation saying that if the U.S. goes to war with Iran, the top 1% of the income distribution should have their taxes increased to pay for the financial cost of the war.