Everyone has opinions, and I am not the exception. On occasion I come across articles or reader comments as I scour the internet in search of information that, for one reason or another, capture my attention: sometimes because I find them interesting, sometimes because I find them to be the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. Here I will put forth my opinions in regards to these bits of information that have collared my interest.
Back to Blog
It goes without saying that President Trump's presidency has been unlike any we have ever seen before. Whether you are for him or against him, that is one thing that everyone can agree on. Everything he does, says, or insinuates seems to infuriate the Democrats, and confuse the Republicans. One thing that really stands out, especially now that the Russian collusion accusations seem to be fizzling out, is the issue of whether he will or even should release his tax returns. Many in the media, in Congress, and on late night TV have been overly adamant in enjoining his compliance to their demands. President Trump has vehemently denied their requests. Wikipedia succinctly describes it like this: "Since Trump's election, he has refused requests to release the returns, making him one of the few presidents in recent times to not reveal their tax returns. Historians say he has been the first major party nominee since 1976 not to make his tax returns public (wikipedia,2019)". I, on a personal level, do not really care. Following are the reasons I would give as to why it does not matter.
First of all, there is no law that requires him to release them. In the eyes of the law, whether or not he releases them is completely his prerogative. Granted, nearly every other president in modern history has released their's, but that sets absolutely no legal precedent for him to follow suit. Why the aforementioned agitators are so obdurate in their demands for something that is not legally required is beyond anything that I can imagine. If he does something illegal, then by all means go after him with the full force of the law behind you, but do not waste time, money and energy on something that you yourself would not be willing to do outside the stipulations of the law.
Secondly, and this is said with no corroborating evidence, but it is my opinion that 99% of those demanding his tax returns would not be able to read or understand them even if they could get their grubby little paws on them. I know I would have no idea what I was looking at; I am not an accountant, a tax attorney, a financial analyst, or even a bookkeeper. I would venture to say that most of those demanding to see his tax returns are not either. If you could get your hands on his tax returns, I dare to ask, what would you do with them? Oh, but you say, he must be hiding something; why else would he refuse to let the public see them? This, of course, brings me to my final point:
Reason three. The IRS has a slew of accountants, tax attorneys, financial analysts, and maybe even a bookkeeper or two working in their offices. I am fairly certain that they have all, either in tandem or alone, gone through all his tax returns with the dedication and accuracy of the most finely tuned comb ever produced. It is my humble opinion that if they had found any sign of wrongdoing, they would have already gone after him. So it seems to me that since they have not, then probably they have found nothing. Therefore it raises the question to Joe Q. Public: if the IRS has not found anything, what in the world makes you think you can?