Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw lamented the idea of deploying troops in the Middle East to combat ISIS, which has made repeated threats to the United States and its western allies.
Brokaw argued it was “immoral” to rely on the military that constitutes 1 percent of the population. Therefore, he proposed a five-cent gas tax to serve as a reminder to the public and to finance the effort.
“Everybody’s saying, ‘Oh, we got to send more troops.’ That’s 1 percent of our population — 1 percent. I’ve said it here before: I think it’s immoral for a democracy to send 1 percent of its population in a uniform into harm’s way over and over again. So I would start with a five-cent gasoline tax. So every time you go to the pump you have to think about what’s going on elsewhere. We’re going to have to finance this. It’s going to be very expensive at the same time. And it is long curve.
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