Rep. Reichert is good at making wrong sound right | Letter

Representative Reichert’s letter-to-the-editor defending his votes to hide Trump’s taxes, proves he is a skilled politician who can make wrong sound right.

Here are his tricks:

False-equivalency – Reichert says some constituents want Trump’s taxes investigated, others disagree. Almost everyone wants Trump’s taxes investigated.

Good intentions: He wants you to think he agrees Trump’s taxes should be seen. Stating this is an impotent gesture. Actions count; intentions don’t. He voted to hide them.

Half-truth: “campaign traditions don’t supersede…” the law’s protections of tax privacy. True, but the 1924 law, 6103, clearly states Reichert’s committee can request the tax returns of the Executive branch.

Falsehood: Looking at Trump’s taxes would threaten the privacy of Americans. No, it would not set a precedent for average citizens. The law applies to investigating the Executive, not private citizens.

Alternative fact: Reichert states, “The Ways and Means Committee has never been in the business of targeting the tax returns of single individuals.” Wrong. In 1974, they “targeted” Nixon*, finding he owed $500,000. The precedent is set, and hasn’t hurt average citizens.

To lie, you must know the truth. Reichert is just parroting party colleagues without questioning them. We expect more.

Roger Ledbetter


*The 1974 Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation investigation into Nixon’s taxes was conducted at his request, and resulted in his owing the government $476,431.