So who will enforce our laws?

Upon learning that the Trump administration is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena requesting the president to turn over his tax records, it makes one wonder what can the Democrats do to compel the White House to follow the law.

It also makes me wonder why we Americans are always bragging about the “checks and balances” provided by the Constitution, which, incidentally, provide very little as to how these laws can be enforced in a speedy and practical way, especially since many judges are appointed by and terrified not to support the administration. These same judges might give a “nobody” 50 years for stealing a loaf of bread, though.

The law in question says the executive branch “shall” — not “may” — turn over such tax records upon request. If the president refuses to comply with the request, he is in contempt of Congress. Now that President Trump has refused to comply, what might the Democratic leadership do to enforce compliance before he leaves office? Apparently, very little.

The Constitution, while well-written and tough-sounding, cannot be enforced at the presidential level, especially if the president is corrupt and without honor.

To make matters worse, the Democrats don’t seem to have a clue as to how to address this matter. They seem to be forming a circular firing squad, which will surely snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders want to be seen as consummate negotiators and compromisers, which is not what the electorate wants. It makes them look weak. Republicans love this because they will then be able to string it out until after the presidential election in November 2020. The Supreme Court is just as divided as the country, so any ruling from them will only add to the confusion because the majority of the justices are terrified of Trump.

The authors of the Constitution were forward-thinking men with honorable intentions, but the fact is that in many of today’s issues involving the executive and judicial branches, the Founding Fathers didn’t have a clue.

So, give due credit to the Founding Fathers for their great contributions, but lay off the yeast.

KENNETH G. OGLESBY

Lynchburg

Two years of achievements

With all the denigration of President Trump by the biased press, I thought it might be well to list some of his accomplishments since 2016.

The president’s tax cut helped create 1.4 million jobs. More Americans are employed than ever before. Economic growth in the last quarter was 3.2 percent. Unemployment claims are at a 49-year low. African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American unemployment rates are at the lowest rates ever.

More than 3.9 million people are off food stamps. Many Obama-era business regulations have been cut to free up businesses and stimulate action.

Two conservative Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have been confirmed.

Net exports are set to increase by $59 billion.

America is thriving thanks to President Trump.

FLO TRAYWICK

Lynchburg

Editor’s note: The writer is a former member of the Republican National Committee representing Virginia. In 1986, she challenged the late Rep. Jim Olin, D-Sixth District, for the House of Representatives.

A way to tackle global warming

I am asking folks to ask their congressman and senators to support H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which is now proceeding through committees in the House of Representatives.

This act is a market-based proposal which puts a price on carbon at its source of extraction and returns the revenue collected to all families as a dividend. The REMI (Regional Economic Model Inc) study determined that the approach this act proposes would reduce greenhouse gas emissions along with positive economic and health benefits.

We have been kicking this global warming/climate change can down the road now for more than 30 years, and it is time to address this existential problem. The longer we deny or drag our feet, the more it will cost in lives and treasure in the future.

Call your congressman and senators; ask them to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

JAMES BARTON

Monroe

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