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Monday, April 8, 2019

Two Highly Important pieces from the New York Times..

First is this....New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, David Leanhardt  (Highlights are mine)
"House Democrats may not be able to force President Trump to release his tax returns. But the Democrats can keep reminding Americans that Trump really does not want the public to know what’s in those returns. 
As you probably know by now, all other recent presidents (and presidential nominees) voluntarily released their tax information. Trump has not. Now House Democrats are trying to get access to that information and potentially release portions of it to the public.
Last week, Richard Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, demanded to see six years of Trump’s tax returns, citing a 1924 provision in the tax code that gives Congress the power to obtain any citizen’s returns. Neal has given the Internal Revenue Service until Wednesday to hand over the returns to Congress.
Trump has repeatedly said that he would be happy to release his returns publicly, but that’s clearly been a lie. One of his excuses has been the false claim that he can’t release them because he is being audited by the I.R.S. And over the weekend, his administration stopped pretending Trump was telling the truth. Democrats will “never” see them, said Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on Fox News yesterday. “Nor should they.” Trump’s lawyers have said they will fight the request. 
Why is Trump so afraid of letting people see his tax returns?
The most innocent possibility is that he isn’t nearly as wealthy as he has long boasted, and he’s embarrassed by the truth. A less innocent possibility is that he has financial ties that could create political problems for him if those ties became public — for example, ties to Russia or other countries to which his foreign policy has been suspiciously friendly.
The release of the returns would let “Americans decide whether the president is making decisions that benefit his businesses at the expense of American taxpayers,” Aaron Scherb of Common Cause, the government watchdog group, has written in USA Today. 
'If Trump has significant debt to banks and/or individuals in certain countries, some of which might be adversaries of the United States, we must know because his foreign policy decisions might be compromised.'
Seeing the president’s tax returns isn’t a matter of prurient gossip or mere partisan politics. It’s a matter of national interest. 
So long as Trump is fighting the release, Democrats should keep talking about it."
 Yes, we ALL should keep talking about it.  Why doesn't Trump just do the right thing?  If this isn't all just a smoke screen to slip other bad things through the Administration's doors, it might be that he knows he will not be able to keep his base if they know what sort of person he really is.....

Next thing up is ...Are we a Democracy or a Republic.  The problem is that of Power.  Who holds it and you gets to make decisions and what the method of wielding that power is to be.

This is the Article and I beg you all to read it.  To continue to support the Ultra Conservative side of the Debate is to change, fundamentally, how we view ourselves as a self governed people, or to put it more bluntly, whether we go further down the road to being an Oligarchy.

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