It’s Time For Action …

Don Trump’s taxes have been in dispute for years.  He is the first president since Reagan … more than thirty years ago … to refuse to make public his most recent tax returns.  His excuses have been many, none of them valid.  First, he said we weren’t smart enough to understand them, for their complexity was far beyond our ability to comprehend.  He fails to remember that among “we” are tax lawyers, accountants, and other professionals who would far better understand his returns than he himself does.  Then he said that nobody cared … another blatant lie.  His next excuse was that he was being audited, but that argument was struck down when the IRS said that while it was true he was under audit, there was no reason that should stop him from releasing his tax returns.

Then, in light of the fact that he refused to divest himself of certain business holdings once he held public office, coupled with the fact that there appears to be a connection between his businesses and certain Russians, the House Ways and Means Committee first requested, then subpoenaed the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service in order to obtain Trump’s tax returns.  And again, ran into a brick wall when Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, flat out refused to honour the subpoena, saying that in his opinion it had no legitimate purpose.

A week later, New York State lawmakers approved a bill that would authorize state tax officials to release the president’s state returns to any one of three congressional committees.  The state returns would include much, though not all, of the same information in the federal returns, and is readily available, whereas obtaining the federal returns could be a years-long process.

Representative Richard Neal from Massachusetts is Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, and as such is the person who would need to ask the state of New York for copies of the returns.  And … he is refusing.  Between this, and Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to open an impeachment investigation, I am beginning to wonder if the democrats are in cahoots with the republicans!!!

Neal claims he fears that getting the state returns would bolster Trump administration arguments that Congress is on a political fishing expedition — and not, as Neal has claimed, overseeing the Internal Revenue Service’s annual audits of the president.  While I have urged caution in a number of areas up to this point, my patience has worn thin … no wait … make that, my patience has worn OUT!  I agree with Representative Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee when she says …

“Whatever it takes to get it — I’m for it.  I believe that the president of the United States should follow the tradition of other presidents and reveal his tax returns.”

Every single day that Donald Trump remains in office he causes more damage to this nation.  He is wasting precious tax dollars on things like taking his entire family on a trip to the UK, when only he and Melania were invited.  His policies and ‘executive orders’ have wreaked havoc on our southern border where thus far six children have died while in ‘protective’ custody and thousands remain separated from their parents.  He has caused serious rifts between the U.S. and its allies by being offensive to their leaders and attempting to bully them into acting as he wishes.  He has placed people in high-ranking cabinet positions who are less qualified for their jobs than I am.  He has committed to sending $8 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, a nation whose crown prince ordered the brutal murder of one of our own journalists. He has imposed tariffs on imports from just about every nation we trade with … tariffs that cost We, The People of this nation. And the list goes on.

On a slightly more positive note …

On May 21st, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former campaign press secretary Hope Hicks, and former White House lawyer Annie Donaldson for documents related to allegations that Trump obstructed justice.  On June 4th, Trump directed the two women to defy the subpoena.  Both are now private citizens and are not subject to orders given by Trump.  Hope Hicks has, it is reported, turned over some of the documents requested, those relating to Trump’s campaign.

It is but a drop in the bucket, for Ms. Hicks’ attorney Robert Trout said in a letter to committee chairman Jerry Nadler that Hicks would not hand over documents related to Trump’s time in the White House and his presidential transition period because administration attorneys believe the papers may be subject to a claim of executive privilege by Trump.  Since when does the president of this nation have the right to claim “executive privilege” in order to cover up his own wrongdoing?  Did we learn nothing from Watergate?

I keep hoping that somehow, somewhere there is a person whose conscience calls on him or her to do the right thing, to put the well-being of the nation first, to tell what he or she knows.  I had hoped that person would be Robert Mueller, then I hoped it would be Don McGahn, but Mueller has chosen to err on the side of caution, and McGahn has shown his feathers.

All the games being played, all the political posturing, is going to come with a high price tag.  It already has, but it gets higher for every day he is allowed to rule as a king.  It seems to me that all the attempts to hide documents and threaten witnesses constitutes obstruction of justice in and of itself.  It’s time for Congress to get tough, for we can no longer afford to sit on our hands and wait for just the right moment.

33 thoughts on “It’s Time For Action …

  1. I keep hoping that somehow, somewhere there is a person whose conscience calls on him or her to do the right thing — while I wholeheartedly and completely agree with you, Jill, I’m beginning to think there are much more nefarious circumstances behind these refusals. I’ll let your imagination wander …

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    • I’ve been hoping the same … surely there is somebody who is willing to put the good of the nation above his or her own fortunes? Oh, no worries … my imagination has been wandering those paths for a while now. Sigh.

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  2. This post and all the comments are right-on. It’s past time for the Dems to stand up to the GOP bully, damn the political torpedoes, and full speed ahead. Open an impeachment inquiry NOW and, as Scottie said, “keep the news of tRump’s crimes in full view of the people until election day.”

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    • I’ve been on the fence for a while, but now I’m convinced there really is no viable choice. His base are going to adore him no matter what, and the republicans in Congress will continue to sell their souls downriver in exchange for a buck, so somebody better step up to the plate and take control of this ship before we get to that iceberg! Sigh.

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  3. Jill, Returning to one of your prior posts – trump is creating the noise while his minions dismantle our constitution. If nothing else, the man is a talented ringmaster of the greatest show on earth – he got what he wanted by being on every American front page and every TV screen.

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    • You’ve hit the nail on the head, but you know nothing will change, for as long as the public hangs on his every word, his every tweet, his every ignominious faux pas, it it what the media will focus on. It’s such an easy trap to fall into, as I know from my own experience.

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  4. Hello Jill. You summed it up well, and I believe most of the country, except for the cult of deplorables, is in agreement with you. On other comment sections I have heard that this reluctance to hold tRump accountable is hurting democrats all across the country. One of the big reasons for the 2018 midterm election swing was because the Democrats were promising to hold tRump accountable. Now that it seems they can not do this, people have no reason to vote for them in 2020. I am one of the discouraged ones. I don’t understand Pelosi’s reluctance. The house can open an impeachment inquiry and drag it out. Then open an impeachment hearings and drag them out. That keeps the news of tRump’s crimes in full view of the people until election day. There is nothing that says she has to put it to a vote to impeach, but history has shown the hearings are what changed a lot of minds during the Nixon Impeachment. Hugs

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    • Very well stated, and a rational approach for legal discovery/ inquiry into Trump’s finances. The Dems really have nothing to lose, I say go ahead with impeachment proceedings but also have a strategy and prepare for war!

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    • I have understood Pelosi’s caution, but I think the time has come, for the republicans have proven they will continue to waffle and obfuscate, for democrats to take a hardline. That said, the impeachment issue is dividing the democratic party, something we don’t need. And, as you said, people are getting discouraged, but … the thing to remember is that if people get fed up and refuse to vote for the democrats next year, we WILL have an additional four years of Trump. We cannot survive that, so even if you don’t like whatever candidate gets the nomination, even if you are frustrated with the party, please don’t let that keep you from voting for the democratic candidate. I hope the House makes some decisions soon, so that we can believe in them again. We simply cannot afford this divisiveness. Perhaps Trump is well aware of that and it is what is driving him. I don’t know. Sigh. Hugs!

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  5. Democrats just don’t have the killer instinct like Republicans do. We all know what they’d be doing if this were Hillary or Obama. I agree…start holding them all in contempt…arrest them…do whatever it takes. When you don’t do these things, Trump assumes it as weakness. So, let’s stop being weak!!!!

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    • That’s so true … and I’ve come to the conclusion that, much as I hate it, we are going to have to fight fire with fire. Some days I almost envy the trumpeters who wear their rose-coloured glasses and see the world as they want it to be instead of as it is.

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      • Yep. Mitch McConnell fights like his party is near extinction(hint: I think it is….but if they cheat and lie…they can survive). Dems have a hard time with this. Always seem to worry about what the public will think, or how Repubs will portray them. Too bad!! No mercy anymore….

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        • Allow me a moment of snarkiness, if you will … Mitch McConnell is near extinction, for isn’t he about as old as a dinosaur?? Sorry …. just had to say it 🤣 I think Democrats are not dirty fighters because they are on a more intellectual plane and believe that the opposition can be reasoned with. To date, this has mostly been true, but today’s republicans are a whole new breed … OUCH … sorry, but I had to bite my tongue on what I wanted to say next. 😉

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          • Your’e snarkiness is excused!!! How can we not be when it comes to this crowd? You’re right about the intellectual plane though. That side doesn’t seem to appreciate being smart. You know, that damn Obama with his Harvard degree and being a lawyer….Why would we want a smart POTUS? Ughh…

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            • Just so … I used to be witty, but not necessarily acerbic … nowadays I have to be careful when speaking to family or friends, for I seem to be filled with sarcasm and snark that just pops out unbeckoned. Oh yeah, that damn Obama with his degree, being a lawyer … and oh yeah, one more thing … his dark skin. Sigh. I have always believed that Trump’s election was in large part a pushback against 8 years of having an African-American president. Bigotry is alive and well in the U.S.

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              • Oh, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Obama’s 8 years gave us Trump. Hard to believe….but it’s clear that some white people throughout the country really fear their dominance is slowly coming to an end. They aren’t giving it up with out a fight Jill…..

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  6. Jill, two comments. It is painfully clear Donald Trump has never had any attention to release his tax returns. His former advisor Steve Bannon said recently, it would be disastous for Trump’s financials to be reviewed as people would realize his net worth is much less than portrayed. I also believe it will financial ties to Russia and Saudi Arabia, which he has denied, but the Russia ties were confirmed by the Mueller Report.

    Keith

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    • Jill, I failed to mention my other topic. GOP Congressional leaders need to step up and say it is not OK to fail to comply with a subpoena. If they do not, they are saying it is acceptable for any president to blow off Congress. As an independent voter, this is a dereliction of duty, plain and simple. Keith

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      • I agree entirely. If William Barr or Don McGahn, to name two, don’t comply, they should be treated just as you or I would be and arrested. This obfuscation, this ‘cover-up’ as it were, if allowed to continue sets a dangerous precedent, not to mention placing this nation in great danger today.

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    • Yes, I heard that, but I have a question: What does it matter whether he is wealthier or less wealthy? There’s no doubt he’s wealthy by our standards, but it really doesn’t matter. I don’t give a flying fig if he has more or less … what I care about is his character, his integrity, or in this case lack of both. I think there has to be something more substantial to be found in those tax returns than just how wealthy he is or isn’t. Sigh. I wish somebody would just leak them and have done with it.

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      • Jill, it matters more than it should. He has portayed a persona of a highly successful billionnairre standing in front of a plane with his name on it. When had six businesses go bankrupt, it was paramount that be kept his yacht. He is all about perception, not substance.

        Bannon through out a number of $50 million vs the marketing answer of $8 billion. Bannon felt it would bother his followers. To be honest, I don’t know whar will bother his base – sexual assault does not, lying does not, bullying people does not, blaming others does not and accepting undue credit does not. Tax cuts for rich people does not nor do tariffs on consumers. Keith

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        • Well, if how much money he has matters to his base, then that speaks loud and clear about who his base is and what their priorities are. And their priorities are 180 degrees away from mine. But, as you say, thus far the most heinous things he has done haven’t discouraged his base, so one must assume they are somehow glued to him at the hip. Sigh. Makes it difficult to talk any sense into them, doesn’t it?

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          • Hello Jill. The reason it matters is the prosperity gospel movement and the republican propaganda machine have convinced the poor of two things. The first is the favored of god are wealthy and that god gives money to the ones he likes. The second is that anyone can become the next billionaire so lets be very nice to the millionaires. You are only one lotto ticket, one opening door, one good move from being wealthy yourself, so protect the wealthy . Hugs

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            • Oh yeah … like that televangelist who spent some time in prison, got out and is rolling in dough that his ‘subjects’ have donated to him, and then had the gall to tell Oprah in an interview, when she asked how he justified his lavish, hedonistic lifestyle, that “God wants me to have nice things”. That made me see red. And to think that people still … STILL send him money! Ignorance is NOT bliss! Sigh. Hugs.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    No more waiting!! … 2018 gave you a mandate: OVERSIGHT!! … ‘Representative Richard Neal from Massachusetts is Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee, and as such is the person who would need to ask the state of New York for copies of the returns. And … he is refusing. Between this, and Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to open an impeachment investigation, I am beginning to wonder if the democrats are in cahoots with the republicans!!’ .. DEMs are looking weak!! .. and they are losing me!!

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    • Thanks so much for the re-blog, dear friend! Now, don’t let them drive you away, please, for we need all the help we can get to restore sanity to this nation. The very worst democratic candidate is still far, far better than what we have now!

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  8. It is time for action. The longer it drags on the more it becomes easier to claim ‘fake news’ – it ends up working for him. He and his corporate buddies can keep their hands off our NHS. The fact is that the likes of Boris, Raab and Gove will offer our Health Service on a plate to him is deeply disturbing. It is as disturbing as the increasing calls by senior Conservative figures to suspend Parliament so the Government and get on with Brexit – if that was a Labour MP calling for that all hell one break out in our media.

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    • I, too, was incensed over his comments about the NHS … just because he wants to kill all the poor and middle-income people in his own nation doesn’t give him the right to spread his misery to your country! I hope there are enough people of conscience in your government to prevent NHS from being tampered with. Suspend Parliament??? Sheesh … fools and idiots abound in both our countries.

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  9. If New York is willing to release Trump”s Tax details to one of 3 committees and one s refusing to ask, where are the other 2 with their requests?The longer people prevaricate, the longer Trump has to hide things or to block the requests.Richard Neal should be ashamed of himself for missing this opportunity on behalf of the nation.
    Cwtch.

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    • I had the same question, and as yet I have no answer, but I’ll be looking into it. The only thing I can figure is that his tax returns aren’t relevant to the investigations being conducted by the other two committees, but that is only speculation on my part. My thinking is that if he had nothing to hide, he would have released them by now if for no other reason than to be able to say, “Hah! Told you so!” That he persists in his evasiveness speaks volumes, but of course his base are wearing their blinders, waving their hands in front of their faces saying, “No, I don’t want to know.” Sigh. What a mess, eh?
      Cwtch

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  10. I think the answer is in your text, Jill. Trump is using Mafia tactics to keep his own administration quiet. He is the king of blackmail and quiet, sinister threats. He is the man who had our whole Parliament in heated debate yesterday with the simple words ‘everything is on the table.’ The man has bullied his way through business, and politics, and he continues to bully his way through founding laws. The only way to stop him, is for everyone to come together on resolution.

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    • And everyone coming together in this country is just about as likely as me sprouting wings and flying to the moon! Sigh. It mostly boils down to money and power … the world seems to bow to the highest bidder. One day soon, they will awaken to the realization that there are more important things than money, but until then we will live under a corrupt regime, I suppose.

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