Paying for the Wars

Am I the only one who has noticed that Congress, in allowing the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to happen as they did, failed in what, historically, is their most important duty?

I’m not going to try to provide citations for this, but in my exposure to history through coursework and reading I received the impression that a key reason that parliaments developed as Europe moved out of the Middle Ages was as a check upon the desire of kings to fight wars that they could not afford to pay for.

In contrast, Congress sent the bill to posterity, adding insult to injury by way of the Bush tax cuts. Along with the failure to pass a carbon tax this is typical of the ongoing war on future generations.

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