June 25, 2016 by Jan Stone
Death and taxes, right? In the US, April 15 nears the top of the list of dreaded days for all Americans and documented immigrants who are faced with paying billions of dollars in federal, state, city, county and other local taxes.
So why isn’t the presumptive Republican nominee for President being berated for refusing to release his tax returns? The one who promotes his properties as he flits around campaigning in his private 757 and Cessna jets as well as three helicopters paid zero dollars in federal taxes the last time his returns were made public–in 1981.
His reasoning? His tax returns are “none of our damn business.”
How is his blatant disregard for something as fundamental as fiscal responsibility tolerable to a constituency that prides itself on being hard-working citizens laboring to make America great again?
What with all the righteous indignation over the notion that President Obama should verify his birth certificate, where is that impassioned rage toward the self-absorbed über-capitalist who refuses to validate anything about his income? (Ironic that the literal answer is in Scotland for the ribbon-cutting of an exclusive golf course in which maybe 1% of his followers could afford to be a member while the global economy blows up, but the question is metaphoric.)
We can’t elude taxes and death but let’s do all we can to avoid the moral black hole that is the GOP’s presumptive nominee for President.