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Swalwell talks tax bill, national security and more at town hall

Original post made on Dec 7, 2017

It was a packed house in the cafeteria at San Ramon's California High School Saturday morning, where local U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) held his last town hall of the year.

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Posted by Ptown dad
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 7, 2017 at 6:35 am

This doesn't sound like a "town hall" meeting where elected representatives listen to the community. This sounds like it was a platform for political grandstanding. Against the tax bill because it doesn't legislate that money saved by corporations must be given to employees? Eric has either gone stupid since he doesn't understand that such legislation would never pass Congress, let alone the Supreme Court or he is grandstanding. Which is it? If he has a better idea let's hear it, but his lame excuse for being against the tax bill is ridiculous. Eric has been such a disappointment. He campaigned well but since then he has gone Washington-stupid.


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Posted by Attendee of Town Hall
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2017 at 10:05 am

Mr. Swalwell answered questions from his constituents and in some cases voiced his opinion/policy whether he does or does not support certain issues. It was a dialogue, so "Ptwon dad" how is that not listening to his constituents? Can you get up in front of a crowd and answer questions on so many issues? Mr. Swalwell did a great job and continues to work for all the people in his district. He's an everyday man working for everyday people.


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Posted by Same old song
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

Can people not see that this typical smarmy politician is using the same old tactic of telling whoever he's talking to at the time, whatever they want to hear. The guy is a political hack who couldn't care less about the truth, justice, ethics or morals. Get elected at any cost is their mantra. He KNOWS that Justice and the FBI SAID they have NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE that the Russians interfered in our election, yet he keeps repeating the same old saw, figuring that if enough people hear it enough times, they will believe it. Face it Smarmwell, the only way a Russian could interfere in the election is if they were in the booth with you! Can't these people grow up, accept defeat an move on? Don't they get it - people are sick of the corrupt Clintons and their lies, manipulations and money grubbing. Anyone who is truly fair minded, responsible and honest knows what these people and their co-conspirators in the media are all about. Republicans weren't happy with the results of the Obama election, but we sucked it up and got on with it. Believe me, if Republicans made the same noise, false allegations, outright lies, undermining maneuvers and insults to the previous president, it would have been shouted from every roof top in town that they were nothing but a bunch of prejudiced bigots trying to oust a duly elected president.


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Posted by Dale
a resident of Happy Valley
on Dec 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Something is wrong with this paragraph. Either the writer misunderstood, or The Honorable Eric Swalwell is telling another whopper.
"He criticized the removal of certain deductions, including the mortgage interest deduction, which hits hard in the Bay Area."
I suspect this could very well be more deliberate distrotion by a member of the Democratic Party. The Party of Bill Clinton and Ted Kenedy.
The truth is it is only the State And Local Tax (SALT) deductions that are being eliminated, NOT the Mortgage Interest deduction. This guy is no fool. I think he has intentionally misrepresented the truth here.
Losing these SALT deductions are only fair to those who live in State And Local Governments that are fiscally responsible. It is not fair for the Socialists in CA to be able to deduct their social welfare bloated taxes. With these SALT deductions, they are essentually passing on Federal tax costs to other people to pay. Just like the Democratic Party, raise taxes, then pass them on to other people to pay.
Stopping these SALT deductions are fair.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Keep up the good work Rep Swalwell and continue to give true information!


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Posted by Ridge runner
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm

When are we going to get rid of this leftover from the Obama dynasty?


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Dale,

I think either he or the paper meant the property tax deduction which is capped at $10,000. I am all for the SALT and P tax elimination. If we want high taxes that is one thing, to expect the other states to pay for it is another. We need to pay our taxes we voted for. Period.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

<While he's not opposed to hunting for sport, he said more needs to be done to advance universal background checks, in light of the hundreds of mass shootings that have occurred since Sandy Hook.>

The 2nd Amendment is not about "hunting for sport" and "universal background checks" are not going to stop mass shootings. More needs to be done to expose Swalwell and members of his party that ignore the Constitution and propose feel good/ineffective legislation.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

<The legislation, he said, would allow someone from a state like Idaho, which has very little in terms of background checks, to have a concealed weapon in California, which requires applicants undergo a rigorous psychological exam and thorough background check, obtain an insurance policy and complete a weapons safety course.>

Here's the part Swalwell (conveniently) left out.

California is a "may issue" state as it relates to concealed weapons permits. Most applicants are rejected regardless of their ability to complete the requirements/backgrounds because local police chiefs and county sheriffs (who have the final say in the approval process) tell them they "don't have a need" for it. Only a handful of states still do this.

Contrary to gun control supporters claims there have not been an explosion of "wild west shootouts" after more states changed their laws/issued more permits to applicants.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

<"I believe that we need tax reform," he said. "I think it should be more simplified. But I think it should help working families...It shouldn’t be a way to just allow the people at the very top who are already doing well in this economy, to do better.">

Actually it should be a simple understandable process to collect revenue to run the government and treat all taxpayers the same. Not to redistribute income/wealth based on "need" or to legislate prosperity.

It's none of Swalwell's business to make value judgments about someone "at the top" or "doing well".


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

@MichaelB

I looked up per capita gun death rate for all of the states. Out of the 50 states, California's overall per capita gun death rate is down at #42. Clearly, California must be doing something right here.

Which states have the highest per capita gun death rates? Here are the top ten states for gun death rates. They're all Red States except for the last one.: Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New Mexico.

Red States with presumably Red State attitudes against gun control and they have the highest gun death rates in the country.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

@Sam

Gun death rate? Is that where the gun just loads itself and pulls its own trigger? It's laughable what lengths some people will go to trying to justify people misusing firearms (already against the law) as just being "bystanders" and guns somehow "causing" violence.

California ignores the 2nd Amendment. Nothing is being "done right" by harassing law abiding people legally owning guns, trying to confiscate their property, running gun shops out of business, making it progressively more difficult to defend yourself from harm, and then expecting criminals to behave and comply. People are being shot on the streets of Oakland daily and NRA members aren't the ones doing it. The blame society approach to addressing crime/violence is a failure. Swalwell just wants more of the same.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm

@MichaelB: "Gun death rate? Is that where the gun just loads itself and pulls its own trigger?"

I'm sorry. I should have provided the link, which is listed below. The overall all "gun death rate" includes murder as well as "death as a result of suicide, self-defense and accidents."

Again, Red States, which presumably have the most lenient gun controls, lead the list of those states which have the highest rates of firearm deaths.

Firearm death rates in the United States by state: Web Link

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Posted by KK26
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

You can tell the comments are from the well healed, 1% crowd that still think killing anything leftover from the Obama years is their main priority. I get it, this is an affluent district, but defending this tax bill is just immoral. This GOP has taken a respectable Republican Party into the gutter that is now a party of crooks, pedophiles, and greedy theives. Removing deductions from teachers who have to buy their class supplies because education was decimated, but allowing a write off for private jets?! It’s criminal and I am embarrassed to have ever been a Republican. This is not the party I grew up in! Shame on you defending this tax bill and criticizing Mr. Swalwall for calling out this bill’s issues. Yes, CA is a high tax state, but we have protections most states do not. You don’t seem to mind making all of your money here, and if it’s so bad leave!


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm

@KK26

The Republican bill isn't perfect but I'll take tax reductions and other policies making it easier to do business vs. the alternative from so called progressives any day.

Too many members of Congress in both parties want to use the tax code to pick winners and losers. That should stop and Swalwell (who would just want higher taxes and more regulations on business) deserves to be criticized for the feel good "sharing" provision for employees as a condition of a corporate tax rate reduction. Employees are already paid wages for the hours they work. They can increase their salaries by offering more skills/experience/training to their employers.

What's to defend or keep as it relates to Obama's tax/regulate/redistribute policies - that are the opposite of job opportunities and increased economic growth? I'm not a member of the "1%" and they should be reversed. It's not "prosperity" to raise the number of people dependent on taxpayers/complain about others who have more/expect things to be provided for "free". Deficits/debt levels will never be brought under control so long as this expectation/reasoning remains.


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Posted by John
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm

I was with the pro-impeachment demonstrators outside the townhall. We got quite a lot of thumbs up and other indications of support from people going into the townhall. Unfortunately, when Rep. Swallwell had a chance to vote for impeachment this past week, he voted to table Rep. Al Green's impeachment resolution. If you agree with us that it is urgent to get the impeachment process started, please urge Rep. Swallwell to support impeachment by voting for impeachment resolutions and cosponsoring impeachment resolutions such as Rep. Steve Cohen.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Why is being fiscally conservative a bad thing? We get raped in taxes and get little in return. The Democratic politicians are no less criminal in their behaviors than the republicans. Democrats hold our kids education hostage for tax increases all the time....all to fund their interests first.

Politicians are criminals and we have allowed them to dictate how we interact with them vs us dictating how they interact with us.

We need to apply the highest tax rate to their campaign funds - watch how fast tax rates drop


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Jake Waters is a registered user.

For those calling to impeach Trump, what are you going to impeach him for? You people are merely acting on emotions and bias. Ok, you don’t care for him, but there is absolutely nothing to impeach him for. Have your Democrats in Congress start working to accomplish something for the American people as opposed to be the party of sabotage and hate.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 10, 2017 at 12:07 am

@Jake Waters : ".....as opposed to be the party of sabotage and hate."

You do know that Donald Trump, the Republican President now in office, spent years questioning the very legitimacy of the previously elected President, don't you? And a lot of Republicans joined along with him. How's that for "sabotage and hate"?


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Posted by Dale
a resident of Happy Valley
on Dec 10, 2017 at 7:53 am

Lets think about that last comment for awhile. Trump spent years saying Obama's claim to be a Natural US Citizen was illigetimate. All Democrats and the media debunk any and all discussion along those lines. Trump gets elected President. What does that tell you about the people voting in this country?


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Posted by Realist
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Dec 11, 2017 at 1:46 am

@Pleasanton Parent: GOP tax bill will increase government debt and the deficit. That isn't fiscal conservatism.


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Posted by Rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

Rider is a registered user.

I personally felt much safer when Obama was president. With the way Trump is taunting the North Korean dictator, I believe we are as close to nuclear war as we were during the Cuban missile crisis. I don't trust that Trump will diffuse tensions and keep us safe. Does anyone know a good place to get respirators and other fallout protection essentials?


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

@Rider

When it comes to dealing with tensions or conflicts of any sort, Trump's response is completely predictable. He knows of only one way to deal with any conflict, regardless of whether it is big or small, personal or international:Throw some gasoline on the fire. And if it's not already burning, his response is to light it and then throw some gasoline on the fire.


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Posted by Rider
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Rider is a registered user.

@Sam

You forgot to mention that after the fire is burning nice and hot, he'll grab a fire extinguisher, put the fire out and tell everyone how great he is because he put the fire out. Unfortunately, if he lights the match of nuclear war, millions of people will die before the fire is out.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Let's add some facts to this discussion. I have lived in both Texas as well as California and have been a lifelong gun person and enjoy shooting. I have purchased firearms in both states and still have an active CCW in Texas. Here are how the two states operate. In Texas when you purchase a firearm you go through a background check the same as California. If you pass then you walk out with a firearm and go on your way. Texas is a "shall issue" state meaning after going through training which includes you demonstrating you are proficient with a firearm you are issued a concealed weapon permit. A concealed weapon permit in Texas also allows you to open carry. If you are caught with a concealed weapon either on your body or in your vehicle in Texas it is a FELONY punishable by either or both 10 years in state prison or a $10,000 fine. In Texas they want to make sure they know who is qualified to have a concealed weapon.

In California, when you purchase a firearm you go through a background check just like Texas but unlike Texas you cannot pickup the firearm for 10 days. Its called a cooling off period which makes no sense but its the way it works. To get a CCW in Alameda County is almost impossible unless you know a politician or are a friend of the sheriff to get one but go over to any county like San Joaquin county a few miles away and they issue them. They are good anywhere in the state which makes zero sense. Even though its difficult and expensive to get a CCW in California if you are caught with a firearm on your person or your vehicle in California it is a MISDEMEANOR. All they do is take you gun and give you a small fine. Why do they do this? IF it were a FELONY the prisons in California would even be more overcrowded than they currently are and just being honest would be more black and brown than they currently are. Why? Because intercity law enforcement is not as good as here and response times are longer so people arm themselves for protection.

Stalwell is either uninformed or lying when he says universal backgrounds checks because we already have them. You cannot buy a gun anywhere that I know of unless you go through one and don't say the gun show loophole because there is not one. You have to go through a check there also. DOJ keeps the records for 6 months.

What people don't want to talk about is creating a database of people who have seen mental health professionals and referencing that against the background check database. you should be phyically and mentally able to purchase a firearm. If you want to stop mass shootings that is the way to reduce them. Most of the mass shooters have either been nuts, have a criminal record, or a Muslim extremist.





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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm

It should have said
"caught in Texas with a firearm on your body or vehicle WITHOUT a concealed weapon permit it is punishable by 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.


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