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Not So Fast: Democrats May Not Get Trump’s Tax Returns After All

Democrats have spent the entire Trump presidency complaining about alleged abuses of power.

And then, they turn around and demand the man’s tax returns. So, if you to be president – or, by extension, serve the country in any official capacity or even become famous – politicians in Congress can just decide they want to extract your taxes from the bureaucracy and look them over. Especially, you know, if they don’t like you.

Now that’s abuse of power.

Here, according to Politico, is their justification for seeking President Trump’s taxes:

Democrats contend they do have a good policy reason for getting Trump’s returns, saying they have a responsibility to oversee the IRS and want to know how well the agency — which has a policy of auditing every president — is scrutinizing Trump’s returns.

Let’s talk about that. They want to do IRS oversight by looking at how the agency handled one man’s taxes before he became president.

It’s like a doctor saying he wants to check your brain function by examining your toe. Oh, your toe works pretty good, and the brain controls the toe. So your brain must be fine.

That is, this is not IRS oversight, obviously. It’s Trump oversight. It’s a fishing expedition. Or a witch hunt, take your pick.

It’s a toe examination, not a brain scan.

The courts will consider just this kind of thing when they decide whether the Ways and Means Committee actually has the right to Trump’s tax returns under a law that says they “shall” get them. It’s possible they “shall not.”

According to Politico.

A looming legal showdown between Democrats and the White House over lawmakers’ bid to vet President Donald Trump’s tax returns could turn on a single question: Why do Democrats want them?

Motivations will matter because, while Democrats are relying on a statute declaring that the Treasury Secretary “shall” hand over any returns requested by the heads of Congress’ tax committees, the courts have said lawmakers need a legitimate legislative reason for their investigations.

Lawmakers routinely use the law to privately examine the confidential tax returns of companies, for example, to help inform the tax policymaking process. But it’s another thing entirely to seize the president’s returns with plans to release at least some of his confidential tax information to the public.

Determining who is right — if Democrats’ demands are motivated by political animus or if lawmakers are just doing their jobs — will be a key issue as the battle moves into the legal system as expected.

There is no reasonable person who thinks this is about IRS oversight. And now that Trump is appointing them, there are a growing number of reasonable judges.

What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It?

Democrats don’t like this one bit. They and their allies in the media are suddenly recoiling from the notion of investigating someone. Because that someone is suddenly them, or their friends in the Obama administration.

And so they’ve become shrill, attacking Attorney General Barr as a hack whose gone from an honorable public servant to a lackey for President Trump.

And yet, what would Democrats do if the George W. Bush administration, with Dick Cheney lurking darkly in the background, decided to investigate the Obama campaign. And sent people to spy on the campaign, which is what happened to Trump. And requested dozens of “unmaskings” of Americans whose names the intel agencies were never supposed to reveal.

And it turned out THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.

Of course they’d be screaming bloody murder and demanding that Eric Holder get busy to uproot all the corruption of the previous regime.

Barr is doing what an attorney general should do. The Democrats are utter hypocrites. Do they not care about an administration investigating its political opposition.

Barr should follow this as far as it goes. It’s hard to believe Barack Obama did not approve such a contentious act as investigating a candidate for president. We need to know whether Obama knew and what information he had that led him to think such a probe was justifiable.

Trump Says He Won’t Resume Family Separations

Democrats want to make conditions as comfortable as possible for anybody looking to enter the country illegally. The end result as that more people are flooding across the border which is pretty much the goal.

The laws that forced family separations could have been changed by Democrats. They refused, so Trump had to change his policy instead.

According to the Washington Examiner:

President Trump said Tuesday that he is not planning to reintroduce the policy of family separations at the U.S. border with Mexico.

“We are not looking to do that, no,” Trump said, when asked by reporters in the Oval Office.

But the president also suggested that family separations could be an effective deterrent to illegal immigrants and that more migrants come to the border when separations are not used. “When you don’t do it, it brings a lot more people to the border,” Trump said.

He asserted that Barack Obama built the cages in which separated children were kept.

Democratic Congressman Who Wants Trump’s Tax Returns Won’t Release His Own

It’s an abuse of power that the Congress is asking for an individual’s tax returns for political purposes.

Democratic Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts is dressing up raw political action as some kind of principled oversight. It’s a dangerous precedent.

This is an obvious fishing expedition by the House Ways and Means chairman. It serves to confirm President Trump’s frequent claims that he is the victim of a witch hunt.

Trump is right about one thing. Clearly, the Democrats are not concerned about political backlash from continuing their investigations. Not only does the Democratic leadership want to proceed despite Robert Mueller coming up empty-handed, but they are forced to anyway by their base.

The Democrats will never be satisfied until the day Trump leaves office. It’s a factor of his presidency, and one that distracts him from keeping the country safe and making life here better. Democrats ought to add that to their calculations as they pursue “oversight,” now that a basically independent investigation has finished.

The MSM will continue to participate in this, doubling and tripling down. They too will never get enough of investigating Trump and trying to be the next Woodward and Bernstein. Where was all the investigative reporting into Barack Obama’s background in machine-politics Chicago? Just didn’t seem as exciting to them.

What do they actually think they are going to find in his tax returns? How likely is it that he decided to submit information to the government that could get him indicted? But they know they’ll find information with which they can try to humiliate him.

According to the Washington Times, Neal is not going to be demanding his own tax returns anytime soon:

The Democratic chairman who’s demanding to see President Trump’s tax returns says he’d have no problem releasing his own returns — later.

“Oh, sure — down the road, sure, that’s nothing,” Rep. Richard Neal said Thursday when asked if he would commit to releasing some of his personal returns. “I’ve done that in the past, by the way.” Neal’s office didn’t respond to a question about when that might have been, and a Roll Call survey in 2017 found no record of a previous release of his tax returns.

New England Public Radio also tried to pry loose his tax returns in 2017, asking five separate times for copies. The congressman rebuffed each request.

Beto Says Trump is Suited for the Third Reich

What is it with Democrats and all these Hitler memes? Seems like they can’t find a more original way to dig the knife in as far as possible. They just look silly.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Beto O’Rourke, former Texas congressman and Democratic presidential hopeful, compared President Trump’s comments on immigration to language used in Nazi Germany at a campaign event in Iowa.

“When the president of the United States has called Mexican immigrants ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals.’ He then went on to call asylum seekers ‘animals’ and an ‘infestation,’” said O’Rourke.

“Now we would not be surprised if in the Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as a cockroach or a pest that you would want to kill. But to do that in 2017 or ‘18 in the United States of America, doesn’t make sense,” added O’Rourke.

Trump Scores Win in Overhauling California’s Liberal 9th Circuit

Maybe the new justices who will be confirmed will allow the president to do foreign policy, while they do judicial policy.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Two nominees to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a target of President Trump’s ire, cleared a major hurdle Thursday as they won approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel voted 12-10 along party lines to advance the nominations of Kenneth Lee and Daniel Collins, who were first chosen by Trump last year for seats on the 9th Circuit, considered to be the country’s most liberal appeals court. The nominations will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.

Lee came under scrutiny by Democrats on the panel for his college writings on sexual assault, race, and LGBT rights, which were not initially turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among the writings was one titled “Ebonics at Cornell,” in which he defended The Cornell Review for an article that was a parody of Ebonics.

The 9th Circuit has heard numerous cases challenging Trump’s policies, including the travel ban and the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and has ruled against the president. As a result, Trump often lashes out against the court, calling it “unfair” and a “disgrace.”

But with the nominations of Lee and Collins, Trump has the chance to bring the 9th Circuit closer to parity. If the two are confirmed, 11 of the judges will be appointed by Republicans and 16 appointed by Democrats. Two more vacancies on the 9th Circuit remain, and Trump nominated Daniel Bress to fill one of those seats in February.

Trump Wants GOP to Run on Healthcare

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Republicans Think Trump has a Chance to Gain Black Votes

The press doesn’t cover it much, but President Trump has done extensive outreach to African Americans, including criminal justice reform, grants of clemency, an economy that benefits blacks, and meeting with black leaders willing to shake his hand. Not to mention Kanye. He may meet with more African Americans than Barack Obama did. Trump doesn’t… Continue Reading