Senator Voinovich is putting Republicans facing election this year under pressure and is calling for a temporary “war tax”.

At a Senate hearing where Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testified, Voinovich said Congress should approve “a temporary increase in our taxes” to pay for the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and to defend the nation against terrorist attacks.

Christopher Paulitz, a Voinovich spokesman, said the senator has not introduced a bill to raise taxes and “doesn?t have anything specific in mind. What he?s trying to do is get people?s attention that we can?t keep promising everything under the sun and leave it to our grandchildren to pay for it.”

Its nice to hear somebody from the party that bellows about “fiscal responsibility” all the time actually show a desire for some actual fiscal responsibility.

His call for a temporary tax increase is not new. Although he voted for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, in the past two years he has expressed worry about the federal deficit, which is expected to be $260 billion for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The government reported a $318 billion deficit in 2005 and a $412 billion deficit in 2004.

In a Senate floor speech in May, Voinovich said: “If you look at the extraordinary costs that we had with the war and homeland security and Katrina, the logical thing that one would think about is to ask for a temporary tax increase to pay for them. Did you hear that? Ask for a temporary tax to pay for it, instead of saying we will let our kids take care of it, we will let our grandchildren take care of it.”

You can’t have a substantial increase in government outlay without a corresponding increase in government receipts. Well, I guess you can, but then you are left celebrating the fourth largest deficit in history as a “good day for American taxpayers”.

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