I’ll keep this short and sweet. Donald Trump, release your tax returns. Hillary Clinton, release your speech transcripts. That’s it. Then, we can have an accurate election.
The documents that have been dodged by both candidates have been in and out of focus in the mainstream media depending on what crazy thing Trump says or what scandal pops up around Hillary. It’s not the media’s fault, really; the people have tuned out on those discussions like lemmings disinterested in looking over the cliff to know if they’ll survive their jump.
Any discerning voter would want to see these documents (or at least read the highlights from the pundits) before making a decision to cast a vote. After all, these aren’t trivial issues. For Trump, his tax returns would reveal the nature of his empire. What is he hiding? Is he not paying much in taxes? Is he not giving much in charity? Is he receiving money from nefarious sources?
For Clinton, it’s a matter of fiscal practicality. We need to know what she’s telling Wall Street so we can compare those words to her campaign rhetoric. She can’t be the promoter of Democratic socialism that many leftists want her to be if she’s snuggling with bankers to protect the wealthy.
Neither request is overreaching. It’s been well documented that every major party nominee has released their tax returns since 1976. Trump’s audit excuse has been debunked by the IRS as well as Richard Nixon who released his returns while under audit. As for Clinton, they’re speeches. Hearing what she says behind closed doors is a glimpse into what she would do as President.
I’m not angry at them for failing to disclose, nor the media for failing to push them hard enough. It’s us, the voters, the citizens of the United States of America who are willfully allowing them to hide pertinent information from us by claiming that we’ll vote for them even if they want to keep their deepest, darkest secrets about their potential actions as President hidden. We are the ones to blame. It’s up to us to react and force them to release their documents before the election.
I, for one, wouldn’t vote for Hillary under any circumstance and would only entertain the idea of voting for Trump if he made drastic and immediate changes. He won’t. Still, as Lloyd pointed out in Dumb and Dumber…
If We the People allow the shroud to remain over our eyes before voting in November, we’ll only have ourselves to blame for the disastrous outcome.
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