If the president had decided to pay for the war in Iraq through a tax on gasoline, how much would that have cost the U.S. consumer?
The Iraq war is costing U.S. taxpayers around 229 million dollars per day.
U.S. drivers purchase about 400 million gallons of gasoline per day.
By my calculations, this means if Bush had had the guts to actually pay for the war from the outset, he could have done so with a tax of 67 cents per gallon. It would have been a bitter pill to swallow, but he could have called upon Americans to bear the burdon as necessary sacrifice at a time of war.
Unfortunately, Bush gave his cronies a tax break instead, and paid for it and the war by mortgaging our children's futures.