03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Democratic Leaders Squash "War Tax" Proposal

House Democratic leaders moved swiftly Tuesday to thwart a tax proposal that would pay for the Iraq war, seeking to avoid the label of "tax and spend liberals" as they head into a spending fight with President Bush.

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) floated the plan at a Tuesday morning news conference, saying that if the war is worth fighting it should be worth paying for.

"If you don't like the cost, then shut down the war," Obey said.

Republicans fell over themselves to mock the proposal, with White House Press Secretary Dana Perino leading the charge.

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