2009/11/23 Obey: Afghanistan costs could wipe out domestic agenda

Coincidence? On Nov. 18, ten members of Progressive Democrats of America, Peace North, the People for Peace and Grandmothers for Peace, gathered in front of Congressman Dave Obey's office in Superior. We stood for an hour of rallying with our "Healthcare Not Warfare" banners, then met with a congressional aide to deliver a letter asking Obey to take a stand against further escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Now, in an ABC News interview, Obey says sending more troops to Afghanistan  would be a mistake that could "wipe out every initiative we have to rebuild our own economy." Obey on ABC  (Read more to see photo, learn how to help.)

Is this a coincidence? I think not. Over the last year and a half, in particular, the "Healthcare Not Warfare" theme has sprung up with regularity across half of Congressman Obey's district, thanks to all of you.

Please take the time to call Congressman Obey's office and thank him for his courageous and principled public statement.

And stay tuned for more on how we can all help in the effort to bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the swiftest possible conclusion. Thanks for all you do!!!!

Steve Carlson,

Progressive Democrats of America

Peace North


11/24/09 Democracy Now!

Rep. Obey Calls For War Surtax

President Obama is facing increasing criticism from senior Congressional Democrats over the war’s cost. David Obey, the chair of House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a bill to impose a war surtax. Congressman Obey discussed the proposed tax on ABC News.

Rep. David Obey: “On the merits I think it is a mistake to deepen our involvement. But if we are going to do that then at least we ought to pay for it because if we don’t, if we don’t pay for it, then the the costs of the Afghan war will wipe out every other initiative that we have to have to rebuild our economy. That’s what happened with the Vietnam War which wiped out the Great Society. That’s what happened with the Korea War that wiped out Harry Truman’s Square Deal. That’s what happened to the progressive movement back before the 20s when we went into World War I. In each case costs of those wars shut off the ability to afford anything else.”