Now that the Democrats control the House of Representatives, America officially is in a phase of divided government. While some are hopeful the divisions will force bipartisan efforts, others look to Democratic rhetoric to fear otherwise.
President Donald Trump will be faced with tremendous confrontation from House Democrats who have made it a priority to seek his tax returns. And others have suggested a presidential impeachment is what the country needs right now.
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said Wednesday in a press call that Democrats will use their majority power to force the president to hand over his tax returns immediately. “I think it’s important for our oversight to get those tax returns,” he said.
Similarly, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) asked President Trump to voluntarily release his tax returns:
“Even if the request is made, I don’t expect that afternoon we’re going to see those tax forms,” Neal said on CNN. “So I think we’ll do what we have to do, and then see where the road takes us and the path that we travel.”
Additionally, the re-election of California Democatic Rep. Maxine Waters will put her in a position to chair the financial services committee, which would give her the power to subpoena Trump’s tax returns and investigate bank executives. In a speech to the Stonewall Young Democrats in September, Waters said, “They say, ‘Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore.’ And when they say that, I say, ‘Impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.'”
Instead of legislate, legislate, legislate, Congress will investigate, investigate, investigate and continue promoting their narratives that have little substance and few actual policy ideas. Americans should pray that Democrats move forward with some of their important economic ideas, healthcare and perhaps some comprehensive immigration reform. Such ideas and bill sponsorships can do the country much good.
But talk of impeachment with baseless accusations and wasting time chasing tax returns? That’s not good for the country. But it could prove to be good for President Trump’s and Republicans’ odds in 2020.