Tax returns of the candidates
"Obama isn't a US citizen let's see his birth certificate"
Obama releases certificate
"it's fake. He copied it"
"Where's his school records?"
Now the shoe's on the other foot.
"Donald Trump hasn't released his taxes"
Oh. For 8 years I had to hear them bitch about how Obama was only a "community organizer"
And what experience does Trump have?
again they say "so?"
At least Obama was a senator
If it were a democrat refusing the show theirs I wonder if both parties would switch what they're saying
I'm not saying that Trump donated to NAMBLA but if he did, he would likely be unwilling to show his tax returns, coincidence? Possibly but I know a guy, an amazing trustworthy guy, best guy in the Trump campaign, and he tells me that Diddlin' Don actively donates to NAMBLA. So I trust his word.
You make a solid case.
Trump knew when he started this that it is an expectation. He even said he would, when the audit is done.
His excuse that he is being audited does not hold any merit, as releasing them now, or releasing them later has no bearing on the audit.
It is interesting to note that he would have had to disclose any earnings from a foreign government. Yes, I think that is something I would like to know before voting for someone for president.
I'd say their emails are far more important and telling.
Trump says he doesn't hardly ever use email.
That sounds wise.
Agree on the wisdom. I can't imagine the damage he could do himself with unlimited characters.
I wouldn't mind seeing them as proof of integrity.
I want to see everything. Taxes, medical charts, and drug prescriptions.
As long as you show all of yours...
You want to know that I broke my arm in the sixth grade? What a scandal!
Taxes...drug prescriptions...keep it going! Also, need the documentation...
Taxes. I pay them.
I take no drugs. You're welcome!
So now let's see the candidates and Congress' records.
They can say the same thing...so that's all they have to do is say they pay their taxes and don't do drugs...you have no evidence which means they don't need any either!
So let them prove it.
So they have to prove it but you don't??? Hypocritical much???
Guess that's to be expected!
Exactly. They're politicians. Stop hitting on me and trying to get my info, homo. It's cool you're gay, but I'm not.
You really went there...may be a new low! Glad you can admit to hypocrisy!
Republicans don't want to see Trump's tax returns but demand to see Obama's birth certificate, college transcripts and Hillary's health records, Wall St. speech transcripts... Just more partisan hypocrisy.
Because how much someone earns is irrelevant BUT where someone gets their campaign funds or was born is absolutely essential to know.
Last I checked a prerequisite to Presidency is being born in America... Releasing Tax Returns isn't.
Move those goal posts guys!
Oh? You think it's a double standard to expect to show proof he's eligible by law to hold the office he's being appointed to but to dismiss a half baked tradition of releasing something that has nothing to do with your presidency and is not a requirement? Only need to move them if people were clamoring for Trump's Birth Certificate and I defended him like you defended Obummer.
He did release the birth certificate, the hypocrisy is that isn't good enough for many. Taxes? Don't care too much, but if someone is campaigning on being a billionaire, has no financial ties to certain governments, and claims to donate tons of money then it is important as proof
And yet NOT a requirement for presidency. So the comparison to Obama's Birth Certificate is ridiculous.
Former candidates all released theirs? Why the exception?
Irrelevant. Other than the media looking for dirt or faux stories who has ever actually looked at the ones released?
The media does and they let us know things, like how much the candidate actually contributes to society or where/how they make their money. It also shows who they are tied to financially. All of these things are in question for Trump so it's very relevant.
The media is so full of 💩 they cannot be trusted.
For the most part, yes. However, when it comes to this, they would be useful. Many things are suspected of Trump, like the fact that he lied about his net worth (though that's been proven false by multiple financial people) and that he has some shady ties financially. This would either prove those correct or incorrect. The fact that he doesn't only makes it more likely to assume he is guilty. Either way, it's relevant.
I don't really care. I want to hear candidates stances on the issues. I don't really care how much someone made in charitable donations or what percentage they paid their taxes.
Do I think it's fishy when candidates openly refuse releasing them many many times..yeah. That does seem odd. But still..
Who ... bleeping ... cares.
Gee lets think about this, Trump is a super rich guy who tries to pay as little taxes as possible, holy crap no way?!?
Clinton is a very wealthy woman who tries to pay as little taxes as possible, what?!? OMG!
Just like all of us who try to pay as little taxes as possible.
So what do I possibly hope to gain from them releasing their taxes, if they have committed fraud the IRS wouldve strung em up before now, or the IRS has looked the other way, in which case I would be pissed at the IRS, not the candidates. Either this issue is unbelievably stupid.
Candidates should not be required to lay open their finances, respect a bit of privacy.
As long as they aren't required, releasing them or not is entirely up to the candidate. Choosing not to may give the impression he has something to hide, especially if he has a history of sketchy finances and a less than robust relationship with the truth. It's still the candidate's call though, if that's the impression he wants to give.
It only becomes important when candidates refuse to release them. Sort of like birth certificates and college transcripts.
When have candidates ever don't that though?
As for college transcripts...I don't have mine either. I just know I wouldn't be admitted into Harvard Law School if they sucked.
Should I have issued a trigger warning before commenting?
My point was simply that trump's tax returns likely don't matter, any more than Obama's birth certificate and college transcripts mattered.
Trump's foot dragging on his tax forms is just a distraction, the same way Obama used delays and misdirections with his birth certificate and transcript documents to cause a distraction during his own election.