Activists use Tax Day to say to Trump: Show us your returns
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:38
That's why concerned citizens will be protesting on April 15 at The Market Commons Valor Park from 2 pm to 5 pm, joining thousands of Americans across the country, to tell Trump that we demand to see his tax returns.
Hartford, Pittsfield, and Brattleboro are among about 150 communities across the country planning tax marches on Saturday, April 15, in concert with a national march in Washington, DC. Roughly 50 percent say tax disclosure is either very or somewhat important to them, with only 45 percent of voters saying Trump's tax returns are relevant to his ability to do his job.
Demonstrations are planned across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where protesters will march from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial.
It is unclear why Wyden chose the number 18 million, but one growing theory is that he wanted to kill two birds with one stone, getting Trump to release his tax returns while also receiving free chicken nuggets for a year from the fast-food restaurant chain Wendy's. "The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters", he said in a news conference.
Why won't President Trump adhere to the same level of transparency as his Democratic and Republican predecessors? They say the proposed cuts to health care, education, transportation are cruel and inhumane.
In a conference call with reporters, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY sought to tie Trump's refusal to release his tax returns to prospects for a rewrite of the tax code.
"Hundreds of thousands of Americans taking the day to respond with a unified voice sets to affirm the wishes of the people". "They are also about Americans standing up against a rigged tax system in which billionaires pay a lower rate than secretaries, some profitable multinational corporations pay no federal income tax at all (due to corporate offshoring) and small businesses and hardworking families are forced to pick up the tab to create the society we want to live in".
Americans will be marching again this weekend to demand Donald Trump release his tax returns.
Johnson said his forthcoming proposal would take advantage of the terms of Trump's lease with the city.
Now, Democrats are pushing for a vote on a bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., that would require the president and all major-party nominees to publicly disclose their previous three years of tax returns with the Office of Government Ethics or the Federal Election Commission.
On Syria, Schumer said the strike to retaliate for Syria's use of chemical weapons was appropriate but that if Trump wants to do more he needs to devise a strategy and present it to Congress.
Said Johnson: "If you're benefiting from lucrative City contracts, you owe the public a high degree of transparency".
For Taub, the issues animating the protests go beyond Trump's refusal to make his tax records public, a tradition that goes back four decades to the Watergate era, when government officials came under heightened public pressure to be more transparent about their personal dealings.
As a candidate, Trump said he would not release his taxes while they were being audited.
"One way or another, we will see his tax returns, I believe", Taub said.