Vinegar Joe Lieberman isn't a neo-conservative. Think about it: Would a neo-con come up with this?
"I think we have to start thinking about a war on terrorism tax," the independent Connecticut lawmaker said. "I mean people keep saying we're not asking a sacrifice of anybody but our military in this war and some civilians who are working on it."
"When you put together the (Pentagon) budget and the Homeland Security budgets, we need to ask people to help us in a way that they know when they pay more it will go for their security," he said during a Senate panel hearing on the defense budget request.
What's funny is that the "raise taxes so people feel the effect of war" is an idea you most often hear from war opponents; mainstream Democrats who want out of Iraq bring it up as a Trojan Horse for the pullout idea. If you give voters the option of fighting a war they won't pay for or fighting no war, they'll probably haul out their yellow ribbons; if you say you'll give them a war and they'll have to cut back on the Christmas presents this year, watch a million Cindy Sheehans bloom. It's an iteration of the "raise gas taxes so everyone starts riding bikes" idea. (I guess it's also possible that some Democrats are suggesting it in earnest.)