Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trump’s Tax Returns

Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump during a recent event in Camden County, New Jersey, after a man in the audience raised the issue of Trump not releasing his tax returns.

She explained: "When you run for president, especially when you become the nominee, that is kind of expected.  My husband and I have released 33 years of tax returns -we've got eight years on our website right now.  So you have got to ask yourself, why does he not release them?"

The pro-Clinton group American Bridge immediately launched a new website, TrumpReleaseYourReturns.com, that calls on Trump the Republican nominee for president to release his tax returns.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler insisted:"Voters deserve to know whether or not Trump pays his fair share in taxes, for example, or if he's too cheap to give to charitable causes." 

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee and a fierce Trump critic has reiterated his call for Trump to release his tax returns in a Facebook post.  Romney maintained: "It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters, especially one who has not been subject to public scrutiny in either military or public service.  Tax returns provide the public with its sole confirmation of the veracity of a candidate's representations regarding charities, priorities, wealth, tax conformance, and conflicts of interest."

Trump claims, that he won’t release his tax returns so long as they’re being audited.  He told the Associated Press he probably won’t be releasing any returns before November.

However, other presidential candidates have released their tax returns amid audits.  In 1973, President Nixon publicly released his returns while they were under audit.

Since, Trump’s tax returns are allegedly already being audited not releasing them only makes voters more suspicious.


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