Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: HR 305
I write today to ask you to take a stand on HR 305, the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.
There are numerous reasons for you to support this bill and none, so far as I can tell, to oppose it. President* Trump has put forward a proposal to reform and simplify current tax policy. Given an already dubious potential for conflicts, the country this man was elected to serve deserves to know his interests: how will this proposal benefit not only the president* himself but also his immediate family and his fellow billionaires?
Having already greeted with enthusiasm a health care bill whose main feature is to reward the wealthy with nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts, Trump now promises to promote a tax reform plan that further richly benefits them. He refused to release his tax returns before the election, and continues to reject every demand to release them. If he has nothing to conceal from the American public, he would surely have made them public before now.
The suggestion, clearly, is that his tax returns will reveal information that he does not wish to have known, perhaps to do with the nature of business dealings with Russia or other countries that could prove compromising. They may prove him to have been the liar he has shown himself to be in so many other areas. They may reveal personal conflicts of interest that are damaging to this country. Or they could be merely embarrassing, revealing that the actual philanthropy of a man who claims to be multi-billionaire belies his bloated claims.
It is disheartening to see Republicans rush to protect this president*. Those who claim the moral high ground for American values and to put the interests of America first should find the courage to demand simple honesty in matters that affect us all.
As your constituent, I ask you to support HR 305 and require transparency.