Ezra, in his WAPO column proposes some "no brainers", proposed legislation that everyone should be able to agree on.
According to him, no-brainer #4 is the Franken-sponsored "Pay for War Act".
As Franken puts it, "war shouldn't add to the deficit".
Now, I'm guessing Al is opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (me too!!), but that is just a completely idiotic principle.
People, in WWII the deficit reached 25% of GDP. Good thing for us Al Franken wasn't in office then!
"Gee whiz Hirohito, we sure don't like what you're doing, but we've about maxed out this year's tax revenues and hey, war shouldn't add to the deficit, so......."
Look at this picture and then reflect on the fact that Al Franken is a US Senator (clic the pic for a more glorious image)!
WWI and WWII stick out like wagging fingers rebuking Senator Al (and his boy Ezra).
If the US is in a war that poses a serious threat, we need to be able to spend whatever it takes to win. That's just common sense, as Al likes to say.
Trying to hamstring the future defense of this country as a reaction to the current situation certainly is a no-brainer, just not in the way Ezra means the term.