Sunday, April 16, 2017

Gone missing: Martha McSally and Trump's tax returns

In its Sunday edition, the GV News tagged CD2 Rep. Martha McSally a no-show at town hall even in Sierra Vista.

Two things distinguished Thursday’s town hall meeting in Sierra Vista from similar events being held around the country during the current two-week congressional recess.

First, unlike other town halls, the crowd of more than 100 people was civil during brief statements by a series of presenters who highlighted concerns about education, ethics, the environment, health care and other national issues.

Secondly, Congresswoman Martha McSally wasn’t there.

“In contacts we have made with her office, we were told that Martha has no plans for having any town halls in Cochise County,” said Liz Lopez, a public school educator and moderator at Thursday’s gathering.

That didn’t stop presenters from addressing their questions to an empty chair — representing McSally — on points of concern. The two-hour event was sponsored by Indivisible Cochise County, which lists 169 members on its Facebook page, and was held at Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church.

Those concerns included

  • McSally’s vote for DeVos and the privatization of education.
  • Preserving ACA.
  • Harmful effects of the border wall.
  • Trump’s ethics (or lack of them): "We’ve become like a Third World country that is being run to the benefit of a single family…”
  • Trump’s tax returns

And that is a fine segue into the second gone-missing item this morning. The Daily Star features an AP report on Tax Day demonstrators demand Trump release taxes.

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine whether he has links to foreign powers.

The tax day protests in more than a dozen cities Saturday were largely peaceful, …

The demonstrations came just days before Tuesday’s deadline for taxpayers to file their returns. Trump was the first major-party nominee in more than 40 years not to release his tax returns, saying it was because he was under audit. He later said that voters don’t care.

Sorry Donald, we do care.

“We do care. We want to see his taxes,” said Ann Demerlis, who was among hundreds who marched in Philadelphia from City Hall to an area in front of historic Independence Hall, carrying signs and chanting “We want your taxes now!”

And Congress has the power to get those tax returns, but the House Republicans don’t want us to see them.

Republicans also have rebuffed Democrats’ efforts to get the House Ways and Means Committee to act. It has legal authority to obtain confidential tax records, and could vote to make them public.

Remember in November.

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