When Congress voted to authorize the use of military force in Iraq, it included two requirements.
The first was that the President prove that Iraq was in defiance of the United Nations by being in possession of banned weapons of mass destruction.
The second was that the President have proof that Iraq was involved in 9-11. In his letter to Congress activating the authorization for the use of force, Bush claimed he had proof of both of those conditions.
And the nation invaded Iraq.
And nobody knows the number of the dead.
In hindsight, Bush lied when he claimed to have proof that Iraq had WMDs. He lied when he claimed to have proof that Iraq had anything to do with 9-11. Bush lied.
And that means that the Congressional Authorization for the use of force in Iraq was not legally in effect when Bush ordered the military to invade. Bush has been misappropriating government property for personal use.
So, why should you pay for it?
Bush is holding his hand out to you this month to send in a check to pay for a war that is illegal under both US and International law. If you agree to pay for that illegal war, then you are just as guilty as Bush is. If you agree to pay for the torturers of Abu Ghraib, who tortured innocent Iraqis to find those WMDs we now know did not exist, the blood of innocents stains your hands. If you agree to pay for the depleted uranium that poisons not only Iraq but our own sons and daughters in uniform, then you are as guilty as those who poisoned them.
I don't think you should pay for an illegal war. I don't think there is a law that compels any US citizen to pay for an illegal war or indeed to pay for any illegal act of any US Government official.
When a US Government official is caught using government property for personal use, he is required to reimburse the treasury for that personal use. So should it be with Bush and his private little war in Iraq. He, not you, should be paying those costs. It's his war, not yours.