Thursday, February 25, 2016

Donald Trump and the American Way

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

It is more than a bit ironic that former Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who fought tooth-and-nail to keep his tax returns secret in 2012, now favors the major candidates of his party releasing their tax returns.   Romney, who it turns out had paid less than fifteen percent in taxes to the federal government over several years, thinks Rubio, Cruz, and Trump should be a bit more forthcoming than he was.  Romney has even taken a page from the old Harry Reid playbook (the one where Reid claimed Romney hadn't paid any taxes in ten years) and piqued the public interest by stating that the Trump tax returns could be a "bombshell!"

Of course, he could be right.  There appears to be a certain class of Americans who feel that paying taxes is a bit beneath them.  Hotelier Leona Helmsley once famously remarked that only the "little people" pay taxes.   Helmsley went to to leave the brunt of her considerable fortune to her dog.

The Donald, also a hotelier who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ms. Helmsley, flaunts a bit of an attitude regarding taxes himself.  He has noted that he pays as little in taxes as possible because "that's the American way."

The man who has a flaming desire to be President feels that it is perfectly alright to shirk on his financial responsibility to the country that gave him the opportunity to amass obscene piles of wealth.

What if every American shared your penchant for letting the other guy pay the bills, Mr. Trump?   How great would America be then? 

When it comes to supporting America, the IRS Form 1040 is where the rubber hits the road.  You, Mr. Trump, need to put up or shut up.

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

Mitt, our favorite Mormon, Romney managed to hold his peace on the Donald until after the Nevada results were in. About one quarter of the Republicans expected to show up to the Silver State GOP caucus, where they only cast secret ballots, were Mormon. Marco Rubio, who brought the Sunshine State the George Zimmerman enabling Stand Your Ground law at the behest of ALEC, was in his youth a Mormon. Clearly Romney could have leveraged his faith to come to the aid of Marco his fellow establishment Republican and a one time Mormon, if derailing the Donald for the good of the party was his goal.

I think, and could be wrong, that Mitt has started tossing grenades ahead of Super Tuesday in hopes that the Donald can be sufficiently damaged so that Cruz wins Texas, Rubio wins Florida, and Kasich takes Ohio. Then the GOP will go to Cleveland and have a brokered convention. Mitt wants the nomination on the cheap. He needs to worry about the convention chair Speaker Ryan, a disciple of Godless right wing fanaticism Ayn Rand. Godless fanaticism masquerading as religious liberty is all the rage in Republican circles these days.

Apparently evil is going to boil over in Cleveland this summer.