When someone runs for president of the United States, the most important job in the world, voters expect, voters demand transparency.
Romney, Trump’s fellow republican, said that if Trump does not want to release his tax returns because they are being audited, that he can very easily release last year’s taxes. As per Mitt Romney, Trump does not want anyone to see his tax returns until after the election because “there are bombshells that Trump is hiding”.
What is Trump hiding? What is he afraid of? Hell, even Richard Nixon released his tax returns while they were being audited. The fact is that nothing, absolutely nothing is preventing Donald Trump from releasing his tax returns. There are no laws prohibiting him from releasing this information, there is no precedent or protocol that dictates that tax payers may not release tax returns under audit, even the IRS has no regulation prohibiting such action.
Take Trump’s fellow conservative George Will, columnist and well known political commentator and celebrity who has said that Trump does not want to release his tax returns because most likely “he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs.” Could this be one of the many bomb shells to which Mitt Romney refers?
Consider the following recent events.
- - The Russians hacking of DNC emails.
- Trump’s call for Russia to find the “legendary and fabled” thirty-thousand lost Hillary Clinton emails.
- Trump’s comments painting Putin as the type of leader he can do business with.
- And the most controversial and ultimately the most dangerous; Trump’s reluctance to go to the aid of some NATO countries if attacked by Russia unless they “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”
Could there be a connection between the money he makes and the way he wants to approach and deal with Russia? Is there a quid pro quo here? Is this the good old “tit-for-tat”? The “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours”? Or could it be that perhaps Trump is making geopolitical decisions based on his self-beneficial commercial mind-set and not what is good for the United States of America and our allies?
Perhaps there are other reasons. Could it be that Trump has paid little or no taxes? This would fly in the face of the many times he has publicly denounced corporate executives for using loopholes and making fictitious deductions. A 1981 report by N.J. gambling regulators pointed to a couple of years in the 1970’s when Trump did not pay even one penny in taxes. Could this be the case again?
Could it be that his tax returns show ties to the mob? This is nothing new. These rumors have been going around for several years. The theory behind this allegation is that the mob has been for years active in New York City’s construction industry, which is where Trump got his start in business. The notion that anybody building anything in the Big Apple needed to be in with the mob in order to be successful, is well known. Could it be that his tax returns will show some sort of connection to the mob?
Could it be that he is not as rich as he says he is? It is well known that Trump has made multiple claims that he is worth $10 billion dollars, however some have disputed that amount. The figure of $3 billion has been bandied around as a more accurate amount of his total wealth. Some have even said much less than that.
Whatever the reason or reasons, one thing is sure, Mr. Donald Trump will most likely not release his tax returns until after the election. Perhaps even then, he will not release them. This is totally unacceptable!