How would Syria affect American Taxpayers

Posted on September 3, 2022

How would Syria affect American Taxpayers

If the U.S. intervenes in Syria, how will it affect American taxpayers? That is the question Washington Times asks. President Obama is advocating intervention for “humanitarian” reasons, but are the American taxpayers ready for the additional burden?

“The Constitution grants Congress the power to tax U.S. citizens to provide for the common defense of U.S. citizens, not every soul on the planet. The only exception is for citizens in countries with whom the United States has signed a mutual defense treaty. In those situations, it is assumed that American taxpayers get a reasonably equal benefit back in defense provided to them.

The founders still told us to avoid those alliances whenever possible.

Regardless, the United States has no treaty with Syria. If it did, it would be with the Assad government, not with rebels attempting to overthrow it. Syria has not attacked the United States nor issued a declaration of war against them. There isn’t even a U.N. Security Council resolution for force against Syria, and strict constitutionalists don’t recognize such a resolution as legitimate anyway.”

The Washington Times elaborates:

“President Obama has broken new ground. He has argued that not only does the U.S. government have the authority to tax Americans to defend every human being on the planet, but that the president can order military intervention for that reason on his authority alone.

Unfortunately, this has led many to believe that his decision to wait until Congress debates the intervention is some sort of victory for constitutional government.

It’s not. Nowhere in the Constitution is it stated or implied that American taxpayers are financially responsible for the common defense of the whole world.

Military operations are not funded by donations. Taxpayers are compelled to pay taxes by force. That’s why the Constitution sets limits to what Americans can be taxed for: “to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”

As widely as that clause has been interpreted, no one could possibly interpret it to mean defense of Syrian civilians under present circumstances, nor for the citizens of non-treaty partners in any other country.”

At this sensitive time when the economy is still painfully recovering, spending billions on defense without any pressing need would be unjust to American taxpayers. The government needs to reconsider their stance on Syria based on the impact it will have on American taxpayers.