Michael Bresciani
May 18, 2016
Mr. Trump, why are you hiding your tax returns?
By Michael Bresciani

Honestly, why does anyone have to ask this question? Since it's a longstanding tradition that presidential candidates open their tax records to the public, why has Donald Trump refused to show his records to the world?

He is breeding suspicion and controversy. While it is true that some internet sites feed us questions galore and attempt to pass it off as news – this one is begging for an answer.

Donald Trump entered the great "Birther Controversy" with great fervor, and some think that it was his interest in the matter that forced Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate. There are still many who believe Barack's mysterious document is a fake.

Now, it is Trump's refusal to show his tax records that is making some believe he is a fake.

He has stated that he will show his records, but not until after the November general elections are finished.

What?

How convenient. Won't it be too late? Will someone raise the specter of an impeachment or will they just throw their hands in the air and give up? How far did the cry for impeachment get when Obama started ignoring the Congress, the Constitution, and just about everyone in the nation?

Do we see a pattern here?

How can someone who wants America to be "great again" not show his own greatness and do what is right? Could it be that "greatness" is what is lacking in this colorful and boisterous candidate, who already seems to think he is above our traditions, and in the case of something questionable in the tax returns – above the law?

Trump is yet facing fraud charges in California connected to his "Trump University." Throw in his use of eminent domain to expropriate someone's property and four bankruptcies that denied recovery of moneys to many people, and you have your answer.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney became the first person to raise the question of Trump's tax records in a Facebook comment. Romney says that Donald's refusal to release his records should be a "disqualifier." Trump supporters were quick to cram their usual vitriol against Mitt on his Facebook comment. Nothing new here!

Trump's dishonesty is already oozing like the pus in an open wound because he previously stated he could not release the records because he was tied up in IRS audits. But in February of 2016, the IRS issued a statement refuting Trump's assertion and saying that there is nothing hindering the release of his tax returns.

National Review declares that it is a GOP time bomb and the delegates should refuse to cast their votes for him until the matter is resolved.

If there is nothing to hide, let's get on with it, Donald. We've had enough of the most "transparent presidency" in history under the Obama administration.

If it is just a matter of the touted ten billion dollar net worth being skewed or stretched a bit, we can be sure that Trumpfers will be willing to give him yet another free pass. If it is more than that, you can be sure it will create doubt among potential Trump voters now and all Americans in the very near future.

We may be able to give Trump a pass now by just saying – "That's Trump," but the future holds many far more dangerous matters that will not be solved by this quip. It is as if America is enjoining itself to a familiar spirit that demands allegiance and happy complicity regardless of questions, doubts, and the absence of transparency and honesty.

Many Americans already believe that Mr. Trump is not competent to be the president of this nation; if he does not become more transparent rather quickly, they will add to that belief the suspicion that Mr. Trump is also a fake.

It is now in your ballpark, Mr. Trump. If you have nothing to hide, then show some character in the matter.

The talk today is about uniting the Republican Party around the presumptive nominee; will Mr. Trump now leave behind voters who are still on the fence about him? Isn't nearly eight years of Obama's faux transparency enough?

"For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, show thyself to the world." (Jn 7: 4)

© Michael Bresciani

 

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