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Eshoo goes after Trump on tax-return secrecy

Congresswoman authors a bill that would force presidents to disclose their returns

President Donald Trump's tax returns and his refusal to release them was topic No. 1 for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, who took questions for about two hours Saturday during a town-hall-style meeting in a gymnasium at Cañada College in Woodside.

A bill written by Eshoo would require this president and all future presidents to publicly disclose their tax returns. Since Democrats are in the minority and cannot shepherd the bill through committee to the floor for a vote, they are circulating a petition seeking 218 sponsors to bring it to the floor without a committee vote. So far, 119 Democratic representatives and four Republican have signed on, House records show. (There are 193 Democrats and 237 Republicans in the House.)

At Eshoo's town-hall meeting, attended by about 200 people, most of the questions concerned the challenges facing Democrats, as minorities in both the House and the Senate, in confronting the Trump administration.

During his campaign, Trump claimed that because he was being audited, he could not release his tax returns. "There's no such thing as being under audit and not being able to put your tax return out," Eshoo told her audience. "It's just a fib. A big fat fib." The Internal Revenue Service, according to Reuters, has said that "nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information."

Trump owns 564 business entities worldwide, and while he has put his assets in a trust, it's not a blind trust, Eshoo said. Tax returns "really give a profile of the person," she said. "We're really swimming in conflicts of interest here ... but we don't hold the keys to the majority."

"Public sentiment is everything," she said, quoting Abraham Lincoln. "The decency of the people. They're outraged over these conflicts of interest. That's what's going to change things."

Where to begin?

Over two hours, Eshoo fielded questions that covered many of the major topics in the news, including recent bombings by U.S. forces in Syria and Afghanistan, climate change, health care, money in politics, the Supreme Court and women's rights.

Commenting on the investigation by the House Intelligence Committee into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Eshoo noted that all 17 federal intelligence agencies agree that there was interference by a foreign government -- which is not to say that Trump was not legitimately elected, she added.

She said she is hoping for a tough, fair, intelligent and undramatic investigation, adding that Republicans may be slow to act until they're up for re-election.

"This is very, very serious," she said. "If we don't take it as seriously as we should, then I don't know what happens to our democracy. This is a direct attack on a major pillar of our democracy: our elections. So who did this? Who are the people that did this? Were there U.S. persons involved with the Russians? And how far up does it go? The president (is) a master at diversion on this."

On health care, the GOP's bid to replace the Affordable Care Act would have increased the number of people without health insurance by 24 million people by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The bill was 28 hours in committee debate, and Eshoo said she was there for all of it, bathroom breaks aside.

The bill was "immoral (and) collapsed of its own weight," she said, adding that public sentiment was the key to its downfall.

Foreign workers

A software engineer, unemployed and no longer young but with a resume full of "cutting-edge projects," asked Eshoo to comment on his having sent out dozens of applications and receiving next to no responses while the same companies may be hiring younger foreign workers.

American companies that say they can't find Americans to fill jobs have some legitimate complaints, she said. Trump campaigned on addressing problems with the H1-B visa program -- to his credit, Eshoo said. "I agree that there are abuses. I am doing what I can about it, and we're waiting for the administration to come out with their policy," she said.

On aircraft noise above local communities, she said she is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to comment on recommendations by the recently concluded Select Committee. "We're running out of patience" she said. One idea: an airport roundtable as is done in San Mateo County. When the FAA responds, "my constituents are going to know," she said. "We'll make wallpaper out of it. I'm on it like white on rice."

As for fighting climate change, "there is significant damage that is taking place at the hands of the administration," Eshoo said. "An attack on science, in my view, is an attack on America. Science is fundamental. It is absolutely fundamental."

She belongs to the Climate Solutions caucus, a nonpartisan group with membership kept even between Democrats and Republicans. The goal is 50 members and there are currently around 36, Eshoo said. "It's quite an achievement, actually," she said.

Watch an interview with Eshoo by Palo Alto Weekly staff

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51 people like this
Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

The demands for tax returns are little more than a wild goose chase. It may work well with a particular political base, but it turns off many voters -- especially independents.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I just love this topic. Time for our local senators Pelosi and Feinstein to provide their tax returns, as well as all of the congressional members. Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum has won a government contract to sell the post offices, and now has a contract to work with High Speed Rail. From where I am sitting that is a big problem - a giant conflict of interest. And Ms. Pelosi has also benefited from her time in the government position of senator. The Clinton Foundation tax return should also be provided. How about the Obama tax returns - he now owns five houses. Has Ms. Eshoo provided her tax returns? Mr. Jerry Brown?
The last time a tax return was revealed on the Rachel Maldow show it turned out that Trump had paid more taxes than any of the people asking. Time for Ms. Eshoo to think about retiring. As to Diane Feinstein retiring I think her plan is to run then let Jerry appoint her replacement when she leaves - bets are on Congressman Adam Schiff. But she has to win first and that may not be so easy this time around.


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Posted by The Usual Suspects
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:08 pm

You have to "love" the reasoning of Trump supporters -- whenever anything about the Dear Leader is revealed that makes him look less than upstanding, his supporters come out to deflect, deflect, deflect.

Can't wait to see their reactions when Trump is forced from office.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm

"The demands for tax returns are little more than a wild goose chase. It may work well with a particular political base, but it turns off many voters -- especially independents."

What's he got to hide? Afraid you'd want your vote back if you saw them? He apparently is.


"Time for our local senators Pelosi and Feinstein to provide their tax returns, as well as all of the congressional members."

Seems to me they have. Why not do a Google on the topic or, Heavens to Murgatroyd, call them up?


"The last time a tax return was revealed on the Rachel Maldow show it turned out that Trump had paid more taxes than any of the people asking."

Obviously fake news, huh? Trump himself said he paid no income taxes and that made him smart. Who ya gonna believe, the liberal medias or The Donald himself?


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Posted by Don't need that guy
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Nayeli:

Here is what republicans want regarding trumps tax returns:
Web Link

Why don't you provide us with proof for your claims.
Obviously for some people like you, trump and his gang can do no wrong.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

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Posted by The Usual Suspects
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Congresswoman Eshoo's comments just prove the Democratic Party is still clueless. They oversaw the wholesale destruction of the middle class and exportation of of our industrial base and now all she can think about is Trump tax returns and Russian conspiracy theories.

She can't even muster a smile as she stabs the blue collar citizens in the back. In her mind, simultaneously offshoring manufacturing while importing skilled workers and flooding the country with illegal low skilled workers is good for the citizenry. "American companies have legitimate complaints" she says like actually having to pay market based labor rates for high tech workers.

I guess she consoles her conscience by handing out the minimum wage and Obamacare to the newly structurally unemployed. Besides, she has more important issues to worry about like climate change and resourcing legal defense funds for illegal immigrants.

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Posted by The Usual Suspects
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

@Sanctimonious City -- Do you realize that if you substituted "Donald Trump" and "Republicans" for "Anna Eshoo" and "Democrats" into your post, that you would actually be telling the truth?

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

"They [the Democratic Party] oversaw the wholesale destruction of the middle class and exportation of of our industrial base..."

Fake news, or alternative reality? All these new terms...

Anyway, the term "rust belt" was coined in the 1980s as our basic industries, going strong until then, serially shut down during Reagan's regime. As I recall, Reagan was a Republican at the time.

Point of grammar: "Democratic Party" is a singular noun. "They" is a plural pronoun. Their numbers should agree.


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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

The real alternative reality is the bubble that liberal progressives still insist on living in like a mental steam lodge. From that perspective, they throw logic water on the hot rocks to create an intellectual haze and chant the following mantras:

- Hillary actually won the election
- Obamanomics (Globalization, Open borders, Massive deficits, Zero interest rates and government redistribution) was good for the economy
- The Democratic Party is still the party of the middle class

Point of grammar: The comma after "Fake News" is not necessary for a two item list separated by a coordinating conjunction.

It only serves to slow down the reader much like all the government regulation Democrats are so fond of adding. I see the appeal. So I guess that makes commas the cap and trade of writing.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

I see that Trump got himself trumped by another federal judge Web Link

From the story: "The judge, William H. Orrick of United States District Court, wrote that the president had overstepped his powers with his January executive order on immigration by tying billions of dollars in federal funding to immigration enforcement. Judge Orrick said only Congress could place such conditions on spending."

The Donald just can't seem to get the hang of running a government.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm

"Hillary actually won the election"

No, Hillary only got millions more votes than DJT. But she didn't get enough of them in the preferred states. Do you realize that, if you voted for Trump, the system that elected him put your vote in the dumpster? It's a real fact. Only the votes in Trump-plurality states mattered.

No Republican prez candidate has won the popular vote on their first try since Bush 41. The USA as a whole just don't seem to want them. The Electoral College has become America's major Affirmative Action program.


"Point of grammar: The comma after "Fake News" is not necessary for a two item list separated by a coordinating conjunction. It only serves to slow down the reader.."

It's a public service. Some readers read better when they're slowed down.

You're welcome.


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Posted by Jetman
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

How does Eshoo expect anyone to believe she can get a Republican president to do anything, when she can't even get FAA head Michael Huerta (a Democrat) to raise the altitude of a few SFO approach routes over her district?

This is just more of the kind of misdirection and passing of blame we saw in Eshoo's recent interview with the Weekly where she tried to blame her three years of failure with the FAA, on the three month old administration.

"Exlusive interview with Rep. Anna Eshoo"
Palo Alto Weekly ~ April 22, 2017 Web Link


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:02 am

I could care less about Trump's tax returns. I care about the State of California's tax returns relative to how our taxpayer dollars are sucked up. The UC system hit the news AGAIN concerning the hoarding of millions in secret budget items and then asking for tuition raises. And the Board of Regents "Didn't know". Feinstein's husband is on the Board of Regents overseeing the raising of salaries for Clinton personnel (R. Reich, J. Napolitano, many more). Meanwhile Blum is awarded large contracts for government work. I care that UCSF has laid off and outsourced it's IT work to India. The head of UCSF makes an outrageous salary compared to his counterparts across the nation. I care that the information on the Oroville dam is now surfacing as total mismanagement, and the award of a contract to fix the problem with no verifiable statement of work and the breakdown of the contract allocation of budget. I care that school systems and cities are paying double invoices for work that is not done (Alum Rock School District) or cities that squander money on consultants for work that is suppose to be performed by the actual employees of the cities. I am also concerned that state agencies which no one voted on keep tying to gouge out more money to support their pension plans. And don't forget the people who buy large tracts of valuable land and put it in a non-profit organization so the local town and school system are debilitated-Tom Steer in Pescadero.
A real concern is the people who assemble a "narrative" to support the expenditure of more money and can't tolerate anyone telling them that the "narrative" does not make sense.
As to California Bernie was the winner but when aced out by Debbie Wasserman Schultz people voted for HRC by default.
Anna Eshoo - what has she done for us? Attending meetings does not qualify as "working for the continuants". She is a nice lady but playing the standard game is not her strong suit.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

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Posted by Korean War Marine
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

I care a lot about the president's tax returns, and his admin's connections in Russia. They seem to be hiding a lot of important information which smells to the high heavens like trying to hide guilt. I'm for law and order at all levels. I'm also against the Russian coziness and withheld information on possibly treasonous acts. I'm for the truth and finding it, not hiding it.
This isn't the NFL where you look the other way at your team's wife beating star, this is our damn country so people need to quit blindly following their political team and begin to support their country when it seems the politicians have run amok. Lets find out what the @%^& is going on and quit protecting those who are blocking the truth from coming out.


28 people like this
Posted by 841
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

I'm concerned about the ridiculous amount of airplanes

Yesterday 841 people reported jet noise

It sucks when chasing tax returns is the headline


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Posted by Results
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

@Jetman,
The noise isuue is not fixed by having the hets fly a little higher. Sorry, but that's just a fantasy.

I think I am going to start a party called the Pragmatic Party. I hope it will bring back smart, grown up Republicans ala Eisenhower and Bloomberg, who believe in things like truth, facts, science, being smart with money, being strong through investments like education and alliances, paying for public investments (and billionaires paying their fare share and paying back for all the public investments they relied on to be able to even make their billions here). Maybe it will bring in Christians who aren't fake co-opt-the-religious-by-adopting-the-trappings-of-religion-to-lead-the-faithful-around-by-the-nose-for-power-and-gredd's-sake Christians like A Coulter but actual ones who have read their Bibles and know that Jesus was about love, sacrificial giving, and peace, and very against hypocrisy and greed. The only thing that drove Jesus to physical violence was throwing out the greedy using the temple for their own selfish profits (great lesson for today, Republicans, for those who actually care about the religion as opposed to worshipping an impractical political ideology and treating politicians and money like God). Maybe I'll call it the Freedom and Pragmatism Party, so it might bring back Democrats who understand the power of personal empowerment and freedom.

The Pragmetic Party would still call from Trump's tax returns, and would not stoop to name calling and making up twisted narratives to try to deflect attention from it. Man up and give us your tax returns as you promised, Trump.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:09 am

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

The demand to see Trump's tax returns are motivated by the same deep political fervor as those who wanted to see Obama's college transcripts. They're simply hoping to find something that they hope would discredit a person that they don't life.

When Rachel Maddow leaked Trump's 2005 tax returns, it turned out to be much ado about nothing. He personally earned $150 Million in 2005 and paid $38 Million in taxes. This had the unintended consequences of actually helping Donald Trump (by squashing the partisan election claims that "he hasn't paid taxes in over 15 years").

Of all of the things that anti-Trump people perpetually point the finger at, I suspect that his personal income is the least consequential. I don't care about his taxes any more than I care about seeing the transcripts of Barack Obama or the content of the corporate speeches of Hillary Clinton.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Portola Valley
on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:01 am

Eshoo needs to retire.


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Posted by 841
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:27 am

hey Results,

If you care about "truth, facts, science, being smart with money" you would know that having jets fly higher is more results oriented than getting tax returns.

it is a fact, and scientifically proven that jets are loud, when they are low. I spend $$$ going to the doctor, from losing sleep.maybe 841 others do


24 people like this
Posted by Former Neighbor
a resident of Los Altos
on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

Based on her experience, Eshoo's appropriate sphere of influence should be town council not Congress. Why would I want my representative to just have an AA in English from a community college when that wouldn't even cut it for a first line manager position around here? Public servitude pays well to be able to afford an Atherton, now Menlo Park address....


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:40 am

"When Rachel Maddow leaked Trump's 2005 tax returns, it turned out to be much ado about nothing. He personally earned $150 Million in 2005 and paid $38 Million in taxes. This had the unintended consequences of actually helping Donald Trump (by squashing the partisan election claims that "he hasn't paid taxes in over 15 years")."

But The Donald told us all that he never pays taxes, and that means he's smart. Right? He did, didn't he?

So what are we to make of this contradiction? Could Trump have lied to all of us?

But...hold the phone...maybe he's telling the truth for 2006, 2007, 2008, ... 2015. He ain't paying income taxes, because he's gone bankrupt yet again. You know he's been bankrupt at least 6 times, royally stiffing his working-class creditors in the process. Why not a seventh time, an eighth, ... ?

That's why he needs this job--he lives high off the taxpayers. Look at all those trips to his properties and the gold course, courtesy of you and me: the "little people*" who pay our taxes for Trump's fun.

*A characterization from Leona Helmsley, another elite New York real estate speculator.


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

Forget about other people's tax returns -- I don't care if the returns are a politician's, your neighbor's or a relative's. It's no one's business but the taxpayer's! I chalk this up to extreme nosiness, or having nothing else to do with one's time.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

@ Curmudgeon - Your post makes no sense. A businessman who personally earned $150 Million in 2005 and paid $38 Million in taxes that year (a year in which Democrats alleged that he didn't pay any taxes) -- and continued to subsequently make money from investments, real estate, retail and television -- somehow "lives high off the taxpayers?"

In fact, I suspect that Trump paid more taxes in 2005 alone than Barack Obama will have paid throughout his entire life. How much did Obama pay when he was a "community organizer," part-time law lecturer or as an "attorney" without a record of legal prowess?

My point is that the people who want to see the tax returns don't want to see the tax returns. They want to sift through them with a fine-toothed comb and try to find something -- anything -- that they could use to reinforce their intense hatred for the president.

Like I said, I feel that the crazies who are demanding Trump's tax returns are similar in fervor and temperament to the people who demanded Obama's college transcripts. They aren't truly interested in anything but finding something to validate their dislike of a sitting president.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

---- In fact, I suspect that Trump paid more taxes in 2005 alone than Barack Obama will have paid throughout his entire life.

A speculation that is completely meaningless regardless of its truth value.

In our country at the moment we have the most regressive taxation that we
have ever had in history. The Founders were clear when taxes were conceived
and put in place they were supposed to only be for those who owned and
benefitted most from being Americans should pay them. Now those people
pay the lowest percentage of tax and workers sink lower in wealth and
political power even as they pay more than ever before.

If the tax system was designed correctly, per the understanding of sharing
the burden or costs and investments in our country, there is no call to complain
or belittle anyone for their particular investment - we are all supposd to share
this responsiblity, not whine and complain like selfish children.

These days the working people pay proportionately more of their income
and get less for it ... something that would have the original American
revolutionaries running for their muskets and bayonets and demanding
redress, since it is taxation without representation at the least and
virtual extortion into slavery at its worst.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

What has become known as the Emoluments Clause is
written into the original words of the Constitution.
It is not really voluntary or subject to the whims of a dictator.
And if fascist is a word that associates with dictator, and dictator
means a leader whose dictates override the written law and
Constitution of the land ... well, maybe the gold-sipper fits.

Artticle 1, Section 9, Clause 8
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

Historically our leaders have accepted the spirit of this clause and
gone out of their way to dispel even the smallest hint of impropriety.

Now Trump and his supporters seem to want to make corruption and
profitable business interests a prerequisite for government and to hell
with the idea of public service.

The idea of name-calling people who do not trust Trump or who ask
for verification, that Trump is not profiting from office, by releasing his
tax returns ... which Trump promised to do and then changed his mind
about after the election - is absurd, but also disingenuous and a political
effort that should impeach and dismiss anything Trump has to say on
the matter, or more to the point, anyone here who is making that argument.

There are people who are giving us a real close up clear look at their
idea of ethics and public service here by claiming that Donald Trump has
not duty or responsibility to release his tax returns.

Further Trump has shown himself to be dishonest and a liar claiming
that he could not release his tax returns because he was "under audit".

Somehow an incomplete return that showed that he did pay taxes
suspiciously was leaked ... probably to quell to attempt to end the
criticisms of Trump's bizarre stance on his taxes.

The ridiculous claim that Trump has followed precedent and divested
himself of his investments and business interests, as all other of his
officers and cabinet are required to do to enter public service when all
he has done is to hand off day to day management to his sons and
daughter while he continues to consult with them about his business.

This is corruption to such a high degree that is seems to have dumbfounded
the whole country. It is not that people blindly hate Trump, it is that most
people with their eyes and ears still functioning have found nothing to
trust or like in the man as leader of the free world and are very confused
as to how an ignorant incompetent got to where he is, and are also very
uncomfortable with the people who support him and the language, fake-
facts and illogical arguments they use to justify the continuation of his
residency in the White House.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

"@ Curmudgeon - Your post makes no sense. A businessman who personally earned $150 Million in 2005 and paid $38 Million in taxes that year (a year in which Democrats alleged that he didn't pay any taxes..."

Sorry, but it's your post that's making no sense. Trump specifically said on live national TV that he pays no taxes. Who do you believe: Donald Trump or the Democrats?


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Posted by 841
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm


Trump tax returns would doubtfully result in impeachment and probably not make his base turn on him. It's nice to have, but not exactly the headline people will lose sleep over.

How ethical is it to have jets polluting away people's sleep?


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Posted by Luke
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm

@CrescentParkAnon

President Donald J. Trump

YOUR 45th President

Deal With It


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:06 pm

@ Curmudgeon - So, you're disappointed that he paid $38 MILLION in 2005 alone?

Personally (and after having read through the leaked Podesta emails), I suspect that the goal of the DNC in focusing on Trump's taxes is because they suspected that he isn't a billionaire. This would have played into their "troll narrative" that Trump "isn't a successful businessman." As revealed by those emails, the goal was that such mudslinging would somehow help Hillary look like an appealing alternative or, more likely, diminish voter turnout for Trump.

Of course, it failed. This dirty tactic is still failing for everyone but the politicians who are trying to use this ridiculous "show us your tax returns" as a catalyst for fundraising in deeply blue areas.

Trump was never my first choice. However, I would gladly vote for him again if the election were held today. I've lost so much respect for the Democratic Party -- which I feel has been hijacked by the far left. Remember: The rhetoric and agenda of San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, LA or Boston bleeding heart activists just don't play well in most of the country.

This "Trump if a fascist" nonsense won't help the Democrats in next year's Senate elections (where most of the seats up for grab are currently held by Democrats -- and many in states won by Trump). It also won't help Democrats in 2020 either.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

"@ Curmudgeon - So, you're disappointed that he paid $38 MILLION in 2005 alone?"

Look: Trump specifically said on live national TV that he pays no taxes. Who do you believe: Donald Trump or the Democrats?

C'mon now...


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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Nice softball Anna, can't lose with that topic. Why not bring up some real issues, maybe why no video on the BART mob looting passengers. Maybe traffic congestion and possible solutions. How about the federal deficit? Or, entitlement obligations the state, Feds and cities have gotten themselves into, but do not include social security because that is not an entitlement, we have put actual money in that and trusted the government to safe guard it. And so on....


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 2:37 pm

"President Donald J. Trump YOUR 45th President Deal With It"

But not YOUR president? Why not (not that I fault you)?

Funny thing: Americans said the same thing about Obama--except he was no. 44. Trump objected. Something about a birth certificate. Demanded Obama provide it. Obama produced. Trump abjured and recanted. Obama's legit.

Americans asked Trump for his birth certificate. Trump failed to produce. So...

How can Americans be sure the no-tax-returns-no-birth-certificate Donald J. Trump is legitimately the 45th President?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm

LOL ....

--- @CrescentParkAnon
--- President Donald J. Trump
--- YOUR 45th President
--- Deal With It

I am dealing with it, like I would any catastrophe.
A lot more responsibly and honestly than you are
probably dealing with Global Warming or any other
problem the Trump delusion helps you to ignore.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Shouldn't all members of Congress be required to release their tax returns?

To anyone who believes that there was a lot of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Ruskis, Trump's campaign was in hot water most of the time he ran. So, if the Ruskis were helping him, they weren't doing him much good. The leader of the CIA, FBI and NSA have said in Congress that they didn't see any collusion, so the actual evidence of Trump having the Ruskis in his wheelhouse is pretty slim, at least at the moment,


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Posted by Go Trump!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

"How about the federal deficit?"

In good time. Donald Trump only needs to crook his little finger and all will be fantastic, just fantastic. He alone can do it.


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Eshoo may feel strongly about many things but its worth taking a look at the legislation she has authored over her lengthy stay - but for bills to rename buildings, zero. Eshoo seems best at joining the party chorus.
Trump was vetted, nothing found to prevent his serving.

What we are actually seeing is the left beating a daily drum to shame, discredit, and raise suspicions about the winning team - the only possible reason for demanding the returns is to try to find something to further embarass Trump. Surely, this should be beyond the dignity of our representative and the tolerance of our community. Regardless of party affiliation, the best course now for Democrats to gain in the midterms is better policy and stronger candidates - we don't need more gutter politics.

There are serious - actually, very serious global and domestic problems, including epic unfunded infrastructure and pension costs - surely, there are more urgent matters for the publics concern. Our representative are paid to do the publics business, Eschoo should reconsider her priorities.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Only goodness and light can come from knowing what Trump is all about
financially. It was the standard every other President has followed and the
people here with the recommendations through the roof after twenty seconds
of posting seem suspicious to me. Why does Trump need a pass so badly
that he's got to lie and dissemble so hard? Why are his supporters so
defensive about holding him up to the same standard as everyone else
when there is all manner and colors smoke bellowing around Trump.

Attacking Eshoo's character, length of term, accomplishments are pointless.
It's very rich to accuse her of gutter politics when the main gutter and swamp
language have been coming like a lanced boil from the Trump camp.

Focus on the issue at hand, when or if they find something that shows the
metastasis behind Trump, who knows Eshoo might go down in history as one
of the great legislators.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm

"Trump was vetted, nothing found to prevent his serving."

There is actually a very long list, capped by a total absence of integrity. That likely explains why he lost the national vote by almost 3,000,000 votes. Most Americans are honest and expect honesty in their leaders.


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a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

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a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

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Posted by 841
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:19 pm

CrescentParkAnon,

"who knows Eshoo might go down in history as one
of the great legislators."

whatever you say

headline seems to suggest same sensibility


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:45 pm

"he lost the national vote by almost 3,000,000 votes"

That was just one state out of 50.


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Posted by let me be blunt
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 27, 2017 at 5:57 am

Democrats would be wise to move on from their focus of bashing Trump's every move and actually try to figure out ideas and policies to reconnect with vast number of people across this country who have abandoned them. People on this post need to think beyond our Silicon Valley bubble and understand what's going on in the rest of the country.

You might want to look at this map

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a resident of Professorville
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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

Many of these posts make me sad. Too many are too bitter and too vengeful. Where is this going? Where are our common interests as citizens and community?

Eshoo declaring Trump's tax returns as the no.1 topic in light of so many other needs is stunning - surely something, any number of PAs needs (like airport noise, traffic, trains, etc.) should be number 1. Time for her to retire.

Eshoo signals that her work, the work of the resistance, will be to block everything. It's interesting that polling shows consistently negative for congress and the country's direction but how consistently machine bosses like Eshoo get re-elected. All of these problems of inaction and insolvency must be coming from someone else's representative. It would be great to get really good tax reform but all we will get from Eshoo is more tantrum, more dysfunction. At the end of the day, whether you prefer the democratic solution or the republican, we are the ones paying. The current partisan wars and increasing dysfunction hurts everyone.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 27, 2017 at 9:02 am

What is happening in the state of California is the growing southern California contingent which is writing the rules for the state in total. As I read the SFC and SJM the lead columnist clearly are required to walk the party line and extol the "California Values" which as listed by Mr. Deleon in LA as creating false Social Security numbers, false green cards, etc. He has that on his Google profile. He sits in an area of LA which includes a number of companies who are suppose to work for government funded actions which perform no work and double bill for that opportunity - check out the Alum Rock School System - that is in Santa Clara County. Ms. Eshoo in her congressional district is compelled to march to the party line by the California D's by not going to the inauguration, and now taking direction from the DNC chair who has no profession on policy except shrieking about resistance. What happens in Santa Clara County bounces off what is happening in the state of California since more direction is now coming from the southern California contingency which is writing the rules for the state in total. Jerry Brown has lost control of this vast floating tax payer pool of funds. Add to that the UC system in our arena which is now out of control financially which Mr. Brown sits on the Board of Regents, as well as Gavin Newsom and Feinstein's husband Richard Blum. I am a fourth generation Californian and relatives who were buried here before statehood so am totally aware of the rough and tumble of the various growth stages of the US and state. However we were always going forward with positive attitudes and plans - the "resistance" is a missed opportunity and waste of management goals. A "resistance" is going nowhere for this state. And asking for TRUMP's tax return is a wasted opportunity - it is a red herring to detract from where the state is suppose to be going - spouting the "party line" takes no effort on Eshoo's part and is only to signal that she has no original policy thoughts.


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Posted by Martha
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

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On taxes: it's a fact that PDJT and his businesses have paid more taxes and provided more private sector jobs, which are also real net positive taxpayers, generating and contributing more revenues to the federal treasury than Eshoo, Feinstein, Boxer combined.

Let's now consider Eshoo and Feinstein's records (about 50 years combined). Current state: USA in about $20 Trillion debt. State of CA in about $1.3 Trillion debt (local and state gov combined), education system a mess, infrastructure a mess, crime, illegal immigration unchecked, etc, etc. largest employer in CA: government.

Question for Eshoo should be: what the heck have you been doing with all our tax dollars for the past 25 years!? Why does California suffer with highest poverty rate in USA? Why is it that the largest employer in State of CA is government and not private sector jobs? How is it CA had one of the best education systems and little debt in the past but can't seem to balance its checkbook today? Why do you think socialism is the answer for our country when it has only resulted in debt and poverty for State of CA?

As Ronald Reagan said: "Socialism works until the other guy runs out of money."

Private sector jobs and wealth are what pays for government services and national defense. The best economic and tax policies are those that allow the private sector to be the biggest employer and job producer and thus best source of revenue for the US treasury. This also keeps power and money distributed more evenly across the USA, not hoarded by elites in DC and Sacramento. President Trump's tax reform will get the USA back on track with private sector led job growth and increased revenue for the US treasury.

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:56 am

Trump will never release any tax or sognificant financial information [portion removed.] Rep. Eshoo is doing the job she sworn in to do, unlike so many other legistlators.


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on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm

"As Ronald Reagan said: "Socialism works until the other guy runs out of money."

Didn't Reagan also observe that "Everybody wants Socialism, but nobody wants to pay for it"?

The same Reagan raised taxes 11 times and signed an immigration amnesty bill that gave a free pass to millions of illegal immigrants, white or not, so we have to question his Republican credentials. RINO Ronnie?


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

"largest employer in CA: government."

Big claim there. I call.

Show us the numbers for California (and the other 49 for comparison). Break them down by federal, state, and local governments. Show which are nonessential, e.g., police, fire, military, street repair, teachers, defense workers, social security/medicaid, ... .

Don't have them do you?


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

^ Everyone in California works for the government, at least until May, when we can declare Tax Freedom Day.


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Posted by Get Smart
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm

@blunt,
"Democrats would be wise to move on from their focus of bashing Trump's every move and actually try to figure out ideas and policies to reconnect with vast number of people across this country who have abandoned them"

That doesn't really jive with my experience with all the family and friends in the red states. It boiled down to the Gorsuch nomination. If Obama had been smart, he would have made a recess appointment. But because he didn't, the empty seat caused rightwing Christians to be led around by the nose. It just boiled down to the Supreme Court nomination and abortion laws. Which is really strange because Bush Jr had a majority in Congress for six years, was himself an evangelical (as opposed to Trump the hedonist), and had a righty right Supreme Court, and still -- surprise -- they did not change the law. Why? Because they don't really want to change the law, they just want evangelicals to worship Republicanism instead of Christianity.

Until Democrats are willing to understand how to remind most of the nation that Republicanism is actually antithetical to most of the strong statements of Jesus and the tenets of Christianity, and that they are being used by Republicans, and that making abortion illegal will only make it impossible ever to reach women in pregnancy crisis ever again (and that pregnancy crisis counseling is mostly paid for with federal dollars today), and that Democrats and Republicans are pretty evenly split on the issue, Republicans will continue to be able to lead around about 35% of the population by the nose.


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Posted by Midtown Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm

Taxes are paid on money you have earned and worked for. Ms. Eshoo (allegedly) works for us. Name one piece of legislation she has authored and gotten passed in her decades in Washington DC? We finally got rid of that lazy Mike Honda in the district just south of us. Now it's time for Ms. Eschoo to go also. The founders never intended for people
to spend so much of their lives in public office.


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Posted by 841
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

Get Smart

"it all boiled down to the Gorsuch nomination"

religiosity in politics is scary but not very different than prioritizing tax returns (in the grand scheme of things), or when those expected to lead follow


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Posted by George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

Eshoo's sum total authored and passed legislation
H.R. 6260: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 211 Hope Street in Mountain View, California, as the "Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office".
H.R. 5204: To amend section 340E of the Public Health Service Act (relating to children's hospitals) to modify provisions regarding the determination of the amount of payments for indirect expenses associated with operating approved graduate medical residency training programs.
H.R. 2556: To redesignate the Federal building located at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, California, and known as the Earth Sciences and Library Building, as the "Vincent E. McKelvey Federal Building".
H.J.Res. 220: To designate the month of August as "National Scleroderma Awareness Month", and for other purposes.

Most recently, she has sponsored:
H.R. 305: Presidential Tax Transparency Act
Sponsor: Rep. Anna G. Eshoo [D CA-18]
Introduced: January 05, 2017
..a bill to require Trump to show his tax returns. It does not require Eschoo to show hers, or any other CA official to show theirs or any other representative or senator. Wouldn't it be great if eschoo made her returns available? Pelosi's? How about Feinstein - now that would be interesting reading. But, no, just Trump's.
Eschoo Is playing games on our time. The election is over. The results are complicated but it does seem that the country wants its public officials to do a bit more than to throw mud at each other.
Eschoo is exactly what's wrong with our government. Unless we need more buildings renamed, she should retire.


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Posted by Get Snart
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:22 am

"religiosity in politics is scary but not very different than prioritizing tax returns "

How so, are they similar? Requiring tax returns because every Presidential candidate and President has for my lifetime, for a purpose that is rekated to ethics and Constitutional requirements, especially apt with this man who both has more cause for conflicts (that are the reason for releasing the returns) and has demonstrated a habit of bald-faced mendacity like no President in the past.

Manipulated the fringe religious for political purpose does have lying to them in common, but I can't think of anything else.

Trump represented to the public that it was no big deal, and that he would release them. If he's just playing with people to get a controversy while he's doing bad things to our coastlibes and clean water, then we should hold him accountable. And if he lied about having nothing to hide and that he would release the returns, he should be held accountable. He promised to drain the swamp and did the opposite, he should show us his returns. He should have released them before the election. Republicans displayed the height of hypocrisy in allowing this. Not that Republicans care a whit about hypocrisy, despite the Bible coming out so strongly against hypocrisy. (If you lie to yourself, does that make it lying instead of hypocrisy, Republican party worshippers? Or does it just make it worshipping princes and false idols?)

The irony is that I want this guy to succeed since he's way less scary than Pence. Just man up and give us the returns.


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Posted by Martha
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

Wow, this post on the gobbly gook theories about Christians, the GOP, what it means to be Republican, is way out of left field..

Those of us who happen to be Christian and active members of the GOP are by no means all "led around by the nose" by the GOP. That is such a gross and inaccurate generalization, it is truly meaningless.

Remember that PDJT mainly won due to his winning over many millions of the +/- 60 million independent votes and many democrats who switched, similar to the "Reagan Democrats" who voted for Reagan in the 1980s. Also, abortion was not a huge issue in the election. Many of us in the GOP think that issue ought to be a States issue anyway, not interfered by Federal Government. Many of us wanted Supreme Court to be close to Scalia in views on Constitution and that approach to interpreting it across all SCOTUS reviews, keeping balance to the court. Abortion was not the main issue for many who voted for PDJT.

Let's please finally leave the damaging and unconstructive identity politics in the trash bin of history where it belongs and stop dividing each other based on race, sex, or religion. That is one of the core values of our country and we ought to get back to it, the golden rule.

Focus instead on identifying the actual problems and issues needing to be solved and providing pragmatic solutions. That is where our energy ought to be directed.

Which leads us back to Eshoo. She ought to retire, she is not effective, she is wasting taxpayer dollars on the tax return issue, it is a waste of time and money. Let some new person represent the people for a change.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

There are 435 members of the House of Representatives. Being a Congressperson
is not like being President, one member rarely submits or passes legislation by
themselves.

So we get another cheap, irrational shot at Eshoo, typical of Conservatives, that
because she has not passed masses of legislation - therefore Trump who said he
would release his taxes should not have to live up to his word or feel obligated to
follow through and release his taxes.

Since Trump will not live up to norms or behave in an honorable manner with good
faith, the logical thing to do is to make it mandatory. Bravo to Eschoo who is
doing the needful to ensure we do not have a corrupt President profiting from
elective office.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm

"So we get another cheap, irrational shot at Eshoo, typical of Conservatives, that because she has not passed masses of legislation - therefore Trump who said he would release his taxes should not have to live up to his word or feel obligated to follow through and release his taxes."

One of the best parodies of what passes for logic among Republicans I've ever seen.

I propose we stop labeling such stuff as "Conservative" and call it what it is: "Republican." True Conservatives hold a valid philosophical viewpoint with defined consistent principles. Republican minds merely twist and turn with the random Trumpian winds.


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Posted by Midtown Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

@Curmudgeon: ["True Conservatives hold a valid philosophical viewpoint with defined consistent principles."]

And of course, then you would also support the right of Conservative Ann Coulter to speak at Cal and be protected by University and Berkeley Police. She is a multiple NY Times Best Selling Author (whether you like it or not).

I suggest your Bay Area myopia is showing. There is a distinct difference of thinking by people who live here and by those living between the Sierra Nevada and the Appalachian Mountain ranges.


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

"...you would also support the right of Conservative Ann Coulter to speak at Cal..."

I do support the right of Republican Ann Coulter to speak at Cal.


"I suggest your Bay Area myopia is showing. There is a distinct difference of thinking..."

Who has myopia is a judgement call. I'm inclined to diagnose myopia in people who make grandiose sweeping generalizations.


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Posted by Midtown Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:22 pm

@ Curmudgeon: ["I'm inclined to diagnose myopia in people who make grandiose sweeping generalizations."]

Such as . . . "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan."


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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

"Such as . . . "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan." "

I did keep my doctor and my health plan. Had 'em both for 13 years.

Now let's have a gander at Donald's 1040, OK?


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a resident of Midtown
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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 30, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Just so that you realize that Feinstein worked with a SOCAL congress person to approve a Helicopter Noise Relief Act program - Adam Schiff representing the Burbank, Hollywood, Pasadena area - the 28th district. So what has any one done about us? We sit here complaining to Eshoo and we get no results - but Adam Schiff in LA gets results. Why isn't Feinstein working with us and Eshoo to help resolve issues here in Norcal which is Feinstein's area. But Feinstein gets heckled by the SF D's - if I was her I would have very mixed feelings on where the priorities rest. If Adam Schiff is appreciative of her help and SF dumps on Feinstein I can see why she favors the SOCAL people and helps them. Something is counter-productive here - like how do you get the SF people to shut up so we can get some work done.


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Posted by You're Cute
a resident of another community
on May 3, 2017 at 3:44 am

Hey Luke-


Anna Eschoo

YOUR Representative

Deal With It

XD


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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

Feinstein and Eshoo should retire rather than running for an additional term. If they run again and win they will retire mid-term leaving the office to the appointment of the governor - as opposed to a competitive vote for the next generation of younger politicians. My confidence in Jerry Brown is slipping due to his lack of participation in the Dam Infrastructure controversy and UC leadership / financial controversy. He is on the Board of Regents for the UC system as is Diane Feinstein's husband Richard Blum. Also our Vice-Governor Newsome who seems geared to social hot-button issues VS "running the state" issues which are less entertaining. We are seeing many problems cropping up and everyone's tax returns should be out there who have any control over state or federal offices. Throw in the head of the UC system which is awash in hidden money. If anyone has control of government dollars then they all should be included.


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