House Democrats are getting closer to prying President Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury Department.
Although Democratic big wigs and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) haven’t announced the exact date that they will make the request for Trump’s tax returns, several lawmakers have hinted that action could come pretty soon.
On Tuesday, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) gave his prediction that the request will come about in the “next couple of weeks.”
At the end of the day, it’s up to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to send Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a letter requesting Trump’s tax returns. Neal has taken a cautious approach to this request because he believes that this could lead to a drawn-out court battle.
A provision of the federal tax code allows the chairmen of Congress’s two tax committees to request tax returns and related information from the Treasury Department. These committees are then allowed to review these documents behind closed doors. There is also the possibility of a committee vote to send a report to the full House or Senate, which could potentially publicize all of the tax information.
However, Congress has rarely taken advantage of this power. The most recent case of Congress using these powers was when Republicans investigated the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
Getting their hands on Trump’s tax returns is one the Democrat’s top priorities in the current Congress. They believe that these tax returns hold the secrets to numerous conflicts of interests Trump allegedly has with foreign governments.
Make no mistake about it, Democrat’s efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns are nothing more than a witch hunt. This is just another case demonstrating why the U.S.’s burdensome income tax system should be scrapped.
Giving politicians or bureaucrats the power to use the tax system as a political weapon is as Soviet as it gets. As the government grows bigger by the year, the potential for abuse by petty authoritarians in government only increases.
To quell the threat of government abuse, we must reduce the size of government and keep it shackled. Let’s start with abolishing the IRS.
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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?
Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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