Time to face the music!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot trust anyone who doesn’t pay their taxes. Such behavior is downright unfair to the rest of us working stiffs. I also have no regard for those who commit insurance fraud and stuff their pockets with ill-gotten funds.

I knew he was lying the very first time Donald Trump said that he couldn’t release his tax returns because he was under an audit. He continued to spout that same falsehood every time he was asked about his tax returns. The allegation that he has two sets of books, one for the IRS and insurance companies and one for the banks, rings true to me. The man has always been out to deceive, cheat and lie his way to more money.

Anyone who knows anything about business and law was not surprised when this headline blasted across ABC News the other day, “Trump’s accounting firm resigns, saying his financial disclosures should ’no longer be relied upon.’” Well, that is tantamount to saying, “See, we knew his figures didn’t make sense, but hey, he was our client, and we have a right to assume our clients tell us the truth.” REALLY?

The Truth about Trump

That aside, let’s get back to Trump, the Trump Organization and the “family.” It’s clear to me after reading Mary L. Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, that Donald gets most of his anti-government, anti-tax and closet neo-Nazi beliefs from his father Fred. Not only did the elder Trump bilk the government out of funds to build his empire, he also taught young Donald to use every possible loophole, malpractice or mendacity to get over the rules, regulations and requirements governing each of his projects and business agreements. Why would we believe that Trump and his organization play fair when it came to taxes? Why wouldn’t the man and his kids use every conceivable dodge to protect their personal treasure?

Trump received a letter from Mazur’s, his accounting firm, clearly stating it’s Trump documents over the past ten years should not be relied upon and, “We have come to this conclusion based, in part, upon the filings made by the New York Attorney General on January 18, 2022, our own investigation, and information received from internal and external sources.” They are not saying they knowingly filed bad documents. Remember that even us lowlings must sign our income tax returns regardless of who filed them. Such a signature is a firm claim that all the data is correct. When you sign your name, you are not one hundred percent indemnifying the preparer, but you are certainly on the hook far more than the accountant.

A judge has now ruled that the New York Attorney General has the right to compel the testimony of Donald Trump, Don Junior and Princess Ivanka, but don’t expect them tell the truth. According to Bloomberg News, “Eric Trump Invoked the Fifth Amendment about five hundred times” during previous testimony. It’s likely the court will have to rely on the statements of others to get at the true workings of the Trump Organization.

Everyone running for the Presidency, for Congress and anyone considered for a lifelong post on the Supreme Court should be compelled to release the most recent ten years of their income tax filings. Citizens must be able to judge a person’s financial integrity before voting. A cheater needs to be exposed, a liar must be confronted, neither should get our votes.

It was disrespectful to America and its taxpayers when Trump’s lawyer argued in court that Donald has membership in a “protected class.” First of all, that legal term is mostly used to protect class members from employment discrimination. The US federal government provides protection from discrimination to people with the common characteristics of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information and citizenship. Class membership has absolutely nothing to do with a former president. The judge was correct in denying that reason for Trump not to testify about malfeasance in the Trump Organization. The failed defense was a total embarrassment.

A substantial percentage of Americans will not rest until Donald John Trump is held accountable for his lies, for his corruption, and, most decidedly, for the accelerant he poured on the mob that violently attacked Capitol Hill on January 6th, 2021 in an attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power. I believe we can add seditionist to Trump’s litany of labels because sedition is an overt, subversive act.

Even though many corrupt Senators didn’t convict him, I am certain that in a court of law, Trump would be sentenced to prison for a long time. Sorry, he’s not a god; he’s just a cult leader. No man or woman is above the law. Any defender who believes Trump and his family are members of a protected class need to study United States law, which is in disagreement with most of what Trump did before, during, and after his presidency.

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  1. I, too, have wondered how Trump’s accounting firm can just wash its hands of Trump after 10 years and almost look virtuous doing it? In that decade, did no one at that organization ever say, “These numbers don’t add up?” How can you rise to such a prestigious firm being a dumb accountant? I’d like to think that, with bigger fish to fry, New York will let the company’s disclosure of past practices simmer for now, and return to it when it completes its pursuit of the former president. It’s that “No one is above the law, thing.” What you write about here points to another truth that should not be overlooked. The former president may have learned his business practices from his father, but there seems to have been no shortage of willing accomplices and enablers. The former president may have been comfortable claiming to be of a protected class because all his life he has been treated like just that.

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