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Trump’s Non-Payment Of Taxes Underscores Him Being Grifter-In-Chief

September 27, 2020

Late this afternoon a most disturbing major news story erupted concerning Donald Trump not doing what other Americans do every year. That being not only paying taxes, but paying a sizable amount. This news story further underscores what we know about him…..that he is a grifter and not anyone we would ever wish to enter our home. (We have nice silverware.)

Let’s set the stage with the basic facts as reported in a bombshell from The New York Times.

Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

As the president wages a re-election campaign that polls say he is in danger of losing, his finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.

The tax returns that Mr. Trump has long fought to keep private tell a story fundamentally different from the one he has sold to the American public. His reports to the I.R.S. portray a businessman who takes in hundreds of millions of dollars a year yet racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes. Now, with his financial challenges mounting, the records show that he depends more and more on making money from businesses that put him in potential and often direct conflict of interest with his job as president.

The New York Times has obtained tax-return data extending over more than two decades for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization, including detailed information from his first two years in office. It does not include his personal returns for 2018 or 2019. This article offers an overview of The Times’s findings; additional articles will be published in the coming weeks.

What this underscores is the degree to which Trump lies to the lower economic-runged voters in his base who struggle for jobs, fair wages, and who would be the first ones brought to justice for not paying their taxes. These voters struggle while Trump has bragged that his ability to get by without paying taxes “makes me smart”.

To top if off these taxpayers also get to pay the lawyers in the federal government who are now working so Trump can continue to cheat and lie about paying taxes.

He once boasted that his tax returns were “very big” and “beautiful.” But making them public? “It’s very complicated.” He often claims that he cannot do so while under audit — an argument refuted by his own I.R.S. commissioner. When prosecutors and congressional investigators issued subpoenas for his returns, he wielded not just his private lawyers but also the power of his Justice Department to stalemate them all the way to the Supreme Court.

For all his bluster and bloviating about ‘draining the swamp’ Trump has demonstrated that he is a con artist and manipulator of the first order. Trump supporters have allowed themselves to be duped. And now they have proof, which doubtless many in their cult will dismiss out of hand. But the Grifter-in-Chief now has nowhere to hide. The majority of the nation know it.

And we know from history there is an opposite way of behaving as a man and president.

The grifting nature of Trump and his entire clan runs counter to the way another businessman, President Jimmy Carter operated upon being elected.  Carter had been managing the family-owned peanut farm, warehouse, and store in Plains, Georgia since his dad died in 1953, but when he became president, he put it into a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest. And Carter paid his taxes as we know from financial reports.

In so doing Carter demonstrated respect for the laws of the nation, self-respect, and respect to the people who elected him to serve in the highest office in the land.  Carter did not aim to make money off of the presidency.  Today Trump and his family show what happens when there is no respect for anything but money and all-out-greed.

Most of the nation lives at the center of sensibilities where Carter has resided his whole life.  The home he and Roslyn live in is a two-bedroom valued at $167,000.  Carter has been known to buy his clothes at the Dollar General and he often flies commercial.

The rank-and-file Republican Trump supporter lives like Carter but caters and fawns over the biggest scammer and con artist who has ever stepped into the White House.  Trump supporters hoot and holler about their love of the nation along with the need to be respected around the world.

But look who they support.  And what Donald Trump is, and what he does for self-enrichment every day in office.

Readers know I so very much admire Abraham Lincoln and also love history. So I often head into our past and post a quote that aligns with the topic at hand. Nothing more sage comes to mind as I write about Trump and his lies than what Abe would ask us to ponder.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

And so it goes.

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