Trump Should Release His Taxes

With the recent leaking of Donald Trump’s 1995 New York States tax returns by the New York Times, there has been a lot of attention paid to the fact that he paid zero taxes in 1995 to the State of New York.  That’s over 20 years ago.  This new information raises a few questions.

First, who gave this information to the NYT?  Is it legal? Even if it is legal is it ethical? What are the privacy rights here.  But Trump, who doesn’t care much about privacy issues or ethical issues for that matter, doesn’t seem to care.  So, why should I?

Second, why 1995?  Is this the only year that they could find such incriminating evidence?  Is it legal because of the age of the report?  I don’t think we should be focused on this new information because there are a couple of really sketchy things going on.  And when the means are suspect the ends should be suspect too. Besides there are more important Trump taxes questions we should be considering.

Now, before I come across as a Trump defender or supporter, let me point out, that this issue would not have happened if Trump had released is Federal Tax Returns earlier. Had Trump released his returns shortly after accepting the nomination of the Republican Party, this issue would be dead by now.  He already had the nomination and there would have been little the party could do because Trump has proven that controversy helps his candidacy.

Also, If his holding back his returns is because he is “smart” and is able to not pay taxes, he could use this as part of his campaign. Think about it.  Like he did back in August 2015, when he claimed that he used bankruptcy to save his business and admitted he was corrupt, Trump won peoples favor. I personally don’t get it, but he did.  Why wouldn’t his opening his tax records show that he has used the system again to gain favor with his supports, and maybe gain a few more.

Trump claims he hasn’t released them because he is being audited.  That sounds like an excuse akin to the dog ate my homework.  You are running for President.  I am sure there is a way to speed up the audit or release the document despite the audit.  This cannot be the real reason.

As I see it, here is only two possible logical reasons why Trump isn’t releasing is returns. One of them is that there is something so bad with his taxes that he would be destroyed. Something bigger than just that he didn’t pay taxes in 1995 to the state of New York.  Something bigger than a minor cheat.  Perhaps evidence that he hired illegal aliens and paid them below minimum wage. Maybe strong evidence of his corrupt dealings with the Russians. I really don’t know, but it would have to be something big.

The second reason, is he is working with the Clinton campaign to ensure a Clinton win.  There I said it.  It sounds conspiratorial. I didn’t believe it when I first heard it, but the more and more I look at it, everything Trump is doing is helping the Clinton campaign.  She would be losing this race with just about any other Republican who ran for the nomination, and yet, she is leading in the polls.

Photo credit: 1040 US Tax Return by 401(k) 2012 | CC

So, What do you think?