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What Doesn’t Donald Trump Want You To Know About His Wealth?

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Donald Trump points to a supporter as he leaves a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

This is what Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns says about America. We are a nation that can’t think straight about wealth and class. And Trump knows better than to puncture our delusions.

The American psyche is hyper-attuned to the trinkets of the wealthy: the right car, the right brand of clothes, the right vacation spots. We flatter ourselves with our circumscribed access to these status goods — or perhaps we only dream of that access — but we fail to understand that they do not equate to real wealth.

The very rich are different from you and me. They have something we never will: the power of money. Their money is the kind that doesn’t go away with a divorce, an extended sickness, a dip in the markets or even the death of a high income earner. Theirs is the kind that owns politicians and the laws they make.

Real wealth, the multigenerational kind, is best hidden. And even though a tax return won’t reveal all there is to know, it will reveal enough.

Donald Trump told the Associated Press this week that nothing would be released until the government is through with its audit of him. The next day, Wednesday, he hedged a smidgeon to Fox News, saying he’d like to release the returns before the election. Don’t bet on that happening.

For one thing, if we were able to see how Trump’s fortune is structured and how much tax he pays on it, we would also be able to compute his liability under his proposed changes to the tax code. In other words, we would be able to approximate how much Trump stands to earn for himself and his heirs by pulling the strings of power. Is it any surprise he won’t go there?

Let’s take a closer look at the tax plan that he unveiled last fall. Plenty of experts have already done so.

As part of his populist appeal, Trump envisions simplifying the tax code and dismissing about 73 million households from paying any tax at all (most of those are already not paying). Those families will be able to submit a form to the IRS that says, “I win.” Yes, that is really his plan.

The cuts would lower taxes for people all income levels. But the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan but right-leaning watchdog group, noted “the biggest winners — in raw dollars and on a percentage basis — would be those in the top 10 percent of filers, particularly those in the top 1 percent.”

The top marginal rate for individuals would drop from 39.6 percent to 25 percent. The corporate rate would drop from 35 percent to 15 percent. He would do away with the estate tax. That adds up a lot of lost revenue — about $10 trillion over a decade, according to the Tax Foundation

Trump claims that the tax cuts would be made up for by closing some loopholes for the wealthy and corporations. But the Tax Foundation crunched the numbers and has deemed this to be wishful thinking. Severe cuts to spending would be necessary to avoid crushing growth in the national debt.

Wishful thinking is Trump’s stock in trade. Indeed, some speculate that another reason why he does not want the public to see his tax return is that his boasted wealth is squishier than he’d like to admit. Trump is notorious for overstating his attributes, and when it comes to his wealth he is especially touchy.

He sued former New York Times reporter Timothy O’Brien over the latter’s book, “TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald,” which questioned Trump’s net worth. The book also explored if Trump convinced his siblings to borrow on his behalf from their trust funds to save him from financial ruin in the early 1990s. Trump’s lawsuit against O’Brien was dismissed.

Still, Donald Trump is clearly rich to an extent most Americans cannot imagine. Oddly — and sadly — many tout this as an alluring quality. He’s so rich he can’t be bought, they say. This attitude reveals a pathetic inability to understand plutocracy, and its growing threat to our democracy. Americans continue to be suckered into unrealistic beliefs about their ability to upgrade their social class. Meanwhile, the policies and programs that are necessary to promote middle-class security are toppling one after another.

Donald Trump is not going to share his wealth with you, dear voter, or help you get rich on your own. He can’t. What worked for Trump will not work for you. His trick was the oldest one in the book: Have a rich daddy. And keep it in the family.

Mary Sanchez is an opinion-page columnist for The Kansas City Star. Readers may write to her at: Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108-1413, or via e-mail at msanchez@kcstar.com.

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Photo: Donald Trump points to a supporter as he leaves a campaign event in an airplane hanger in Rome. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Mary Sanchez has spent years covering immigration, schools, and other volatile beats for The Kansas City Star. She is now an editorial columnist for the Star, where she continues to offer insightful commentary on immigration, culture, and politics.

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  1. Dominick Vila May 14, 2016

    I suspect there are many reasons for Trump’s refusal to release his tax records, like all other Presidential candidates have done, and continue to do. One is the need to preserve the image he has managed to portray, that allow him to both acknowledge his wealth and financial successes, while pretending to be one of us. Another is the fact that his financial successes are actually mired by failed or risky investments. Another is probably the widespread use of loopholes to avoid paying taxes. I would not be surprised if, proportionately, he pays less taxes than his secretary. In a nutshell, releasing his tax returns may expose him as an elitist, the fraud he is, and the dichotomy between his rhetoric and what people like him represent and do to the well being of the average American.

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    1. yabbed May 14, 2016

      Bernie Sanders is a Presidential candidate who has not released his tax returns, either. It’s fair game to criticize Trump for his failure to make public his tax returns, but it is equally fair to fault Sanders for his refusal. Hillary Clinton has posted the last 8 years of her tax returns which makes 36 years of the Clinton’s tax returns available to the public.

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      1. Dominick Vila May 14, 2016

        You are right, although in all fairness, Bernie released his 2014 1040 forms, but not the full tax return documentation, and has not released 8 years worth of tax returns like Hillary has.
        The fact that he is one of the poorest members of Congress does not excuse his reticence, and his insistence on not releasing them until Hillary releases the transcripts of her speeches is not an excuse. In a way, it is like insisting on Coca Cola releasing their formula, or Trump releasing the transcripts of his speeches.

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        1. yabbed May 14, 2016

          Well, we can’t know what degree of wealth Bernie Sanders has until he releases his tax returns, can we?

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          1. Böcker May 14, 2016

            Well yeah you can, so admit that Trump is a liar and move on.

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          2. yabbed May 14, 2016

            Trump is a liar and so is Bernie Sanders and his wife. We can’t speak to Mrs Trump’s veracity because she has not butted into the conversation about tax returns as has Mrs Sanders. In any case, both Trump and Sanders are totally unqualified to be President of the United States. Both evaded the Vietnam draft and now want to be Commander in Chief. Bernie was a religious conscientious objector and now he wants to control America’s national security and our armed forces? He’s a joke. Trump is a joke.

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          3. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            Bocker…give it the hell up. Sanders is not going to have the same kind of excuse for refusing to show the same number of tax records as Hillary showed …16 years worth. Sanders is a lying, cunning weasel. He knows if he shows his federal tax records, he will be proven a liar because he states 2 months ago he only earns $200K a year. That’s BS. His wife got a $200K severance from Burlington college where she was president and asked to resign.

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          4. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

            Absolutely, and he makes much more than that from Congress. He has been there 44 years, and has very little to show for what he did for our country (or rather what he didn’t do), he was against about everything, even against the Brady Bill 5 times! He is now with the NRA and voting in their favor. Check out his voting record.

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          6. yabbed May 15, 2016

            Flagged as spam.

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          7. dtgraham May 16, 2016

            Yes we can, because Dominick wasn’t quite right. He has released the FULL 2014 returns with all of the attached schedules. The Clinton shill David Cay Johnson recently wrote a column about that here recently.

            Jane Sanders just issued a public challenge to Hillary Clinton to release her Goldman Sachs speeches. Upon a promise to release them, Bernie will then make public his 2015 tax return.

            iwilllookintoit.com

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          8. Mikey7a May 16, 2016

            Come on now dt. Normally, I hold your opinion in very high regard, but you and I both know that your argument is apples and oranges. Speeches for privately owned companies are just that, meant for their personnel, and are the property of said private company. Every presidential nominee, has released their Tax Returns, going back to 1976. Bernie is hiding something, and Trump is hiding a bombshell. Bernie did no private speeches, because he has been an extremist for far too long. Bernie cannot win the Moderates, much less any Republicans, or Independents.

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          9. dtgraham May 18, 2016

            i) IF she signed a confidentially agreement, she just has to make that public. She won’t even do that. The reason is because it looks bad. She will give her typical, patented, non-answer and won’t even acknowledge that.

            ii) There’s no reason to believe that Bernie has any different information in his 2015 return than his 2014, or all of his financial disclosures to Congress. He still needs to release at least the 2015 though, if he intends to carry on. I’m sure it’s coming. He actually should release more than that. What could he possibly be hiding that hasn’t already been revealed?

            iii) Bernie hasn’t spoken to health insurance companies or big banks in private because…A) nobody would have guessed that he would ever be running for President, and more importantly…B) his politics aren’t in line with their goals.

            iv) Bernie does far better with Independents than Hillary, and that’s a proven fact.

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          10. yabbed May 16, 2016

            That is not truthful. And what gives Jane Sanders a voice in challenging Hillary Clinton to anything? It’s a nonsensical false flag to equate the Clinton speeches to the Sanders tax returns. No presidential candidate has ever been asked or required to release transcripts of every speech they ever gave to groups but all candidates have been releasing their tax returns for 40 years. But, really, the truth is that Bernie is out of contention. No newspaper even mentions him. No polls include him. He’s over. He’s a scam artist preying on those who actually need some actual help and all he has done is yell platitudes, just as Trump does. He has formulated no policy nor plan to actually provide any solutions to their problems. He’s a total fraud. Good riddance to him.

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        2. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

          Yes, and it is not a requirement for Hillary to release her speeches done as a private citizen at a private company, has nothing to do with government business. However, Goldman Sachs did release the copy of the speech they had that was concerning Bernie. It was a speech about helping girls here and around the world. There is no reason that she has to be singled out to show speeches that no one else has ever done. Bernie also did paid speeches, but claims he gave the money to charity. I doubt that, think he kept it, he is rather stingy. He admitted that during his first debate (probably on YouTube), I watched all the debates. He has denied it ever since, and that showed me that he lies. It was also a lie when he said he wouldn’t run a smear campaign, when that is all he does.

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            The truth is that unless the businesses she provides programs and speeches for allow it, she cannot release them due to the fact that the discussions may be proprietary to each company.

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          2. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

            Yes, and if Sanders is as smart as he thinks he is, he knows this. It is just campaign fodder for him to spread lies about Hillary. She may not even have the transcripts.

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          3. Dominick Vila May 14, 2016

            Donald Trump has also given speeches for money. I wonder why nobody has dared asked him to release the transcripts of those speeches.

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          4. dtgraham May 16, 2016

            Because nobody cares about a Republican. This kind of thing is expected from them. They promise big money interests the moon in secret…and they deliver. Are Democrats now to be held to no higher standards?

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          5. Mikey7a May 16, 2016

            I agree with most of what you say here. As for lying? If anyone here feels their candidate never lied, I have some nice swampland for Sale in Florida! Lying is their skill. Some can do it subtly, others like Drumph, just say any crazy ass thing they care to utter, and hope their followers swallow it. They ALL LIE!

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      2. Böcker May 14, 2016

        Sen Sanders did release his, you missed it in all your whining.

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        1. Mikey7a May 16, 2016

          He released one year. Late, and after a lot of pressure to do so!

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  2. Michael Gordon May 14, 2016

    If Trump had nothing to hide the returns would be on display in Trump tower. Just my suspicion, he has paid little if any tax over the years. His charitable donations are minimal and maybe non-existent for VETS.

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  3. yabbed May 14, 2016

    Sanders refuses to release his tax returns, as well. Both candidates are clearly hiding something from voters.

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    1. Böcker May 14, 2016

      Sanders did release his tax return or did you miss that??

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      1. yabbed May 14, 2016

        No, Bernie did not release his tax returns. He showed the cover sheet of his 1040 for 2014. Hillary Clinton at the beginning of her campaign posted the last 8 years of her tax returns, which means 36 years of Clinton tax returns are available to the public. Bernie has refused, Jane has lied. We have not see the Sanders’ tax returns. So, what are they hiding? 🙂

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        1. Böcker May 14, 2016

          You are pathetic

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            Worse…Sanders is a sneaky weasel. He released only his 2014 tax returns because he and Brainey Janey knew it would show his lowest earned income. After all, he publicly stated he earns under $200,000, didn’t he? Really? When he owns 3 or 4 homes in VT?

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          2. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

            He also claimed his income total at 372,000. Well that just about covers what he makes in congress. Didn’t include his wife’s income, and the money he gets extra for the committees he serves on. Sneaky Weazel fits him about right. He spreads lies about Hillary forgetting that she can prove her stands and just to make himself look better, but it shows him for the liar he is.

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          3. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            The biggest problem with Sanders is his “interpretations.” No matter how often you listen to him speak the same question always comes to mind: “HOW” How is he going to force billionaires to pay more taxes all by himself? Because he will NEVER get any help from the GOP. How is he going to turn 325 million Americans who require healthcare insurance onto single payer in 8 years without any interruption in their healthcare coverage? How is he going to rein in Wall Street when Senators Warren and Schumer have all but let two quarts of blood from each wrist to this end?

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          4. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

            Exactly. He cannot do all the things he claims, no matter how one looks at it. Not only that, but the President doesn’t have the authority to do any of the Sanders stuff. He is better off to stay in congress where the real authority is.

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          5. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            You’ll notice that he is winning only in states that vote Republican. It is my personal opinion he is a Republican black op who is being paid by the GOP to take votes from Hillary. Think about. Which party is the most desperate to get rid of Hillary? And Sanders already admitted in 2004, he “hates the Democratic Party.” So if he hates the party he is using to win an election, why isn’t he running as a Republican? I’ll tell you why…because the Republicans need someone to steal Democratic votes. And Sanders is their man.

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          6. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

            I think you are spot on. He was always a Dem until he decided to run for President. He is not a Dem, so he doesn’t care if he destroys the Democratic Party, just as he is doing now, just so Trump can get more votes than Hillary.

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          7. dpaano May 18, 2016

            Same with Trump…..he’s not going to be able to step into the Oval Office and just magically wave his wand (or whatever) and make all the things happen that he’s promised. Presidents in the past have all promised to do things when they are campaigning, but once they get into the office, they realize they can’t do some of those things……surprise!!

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      2. JPHALL May 14, 2016

        Only one year. Where is the rest, like 5 years worth??

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  4. Box May 14, 2016

    Right, spoken like a true Communist. In the end Mrs. Sanchez cant stand for anyone to have anything, certainly not a cent more than she has. Its insulting and inaccurate to say Trumps charity work is a guise, a ruse. What kind of BS is that? Everyone from top to bottom wants to minimize their tax impact, even a guy making $25,000 a year. So what? Or is Mrs. Sanchez saying its alright for that guy to cut any tax but not a wealthier person? I applaud Trumps spirit that gets him up in the morning and gets him off his ass to go build something. Thats the America I love and the one Im going to keep.

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    1. timmfr30 May 14, 2016

      yes we don’t need any infrastructure in America..nor do we need any environmental regulations to protect us from our corporate masters, “they” will provide us with everything we need…can you say “company store”?

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    2. Gerry Francis May 14, 2016

      Geeze. How blind can you be?

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    3. CrankyToo May 14, 2016

      By the time Trump and his pals are done raping the country you profess to love, the piece of America that you get to keep will fit in a box – along with your tiny, little brain.

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  5. bobnstuff May 14, 2016

    Trump said he would but now he won’t, big surprise. Trump is for America except for went it comes to paying taxes, creating jobs for Americans, or paying his debts. Ask not what you can do for your country, Ask what your country can do for you. He’s going to be proved the king of corporate welfare.

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  6. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

    Now really…you honestly (and that word “honest” is at a premium with The Donald) expected The Donald to actually keep his word and do what he said? Have none of you learned nothing about the University of CEOs? The first thing CEOs learn is how to doublespeak..say one thing…mean another. Everyone of them majored in the finely honed skill of BUIWA (Backtracking while under the influence of wealth authority). The ink on their GREED degrees are barely dry before they begin their “licensed” practice in how to screw off the entire working class.

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    1. Leftout May 14, 2016

      All tax loop holes were promulgated by politicians and the lawyers for heir own pockets /interests . No one should complain since we all condoned it by our silence . It is time to eliminate the Tax code as it exists .

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

        We don’t condone it. And we are not silent. What if our elected politicians were not allowed to have DC offices and only had offices accessible to the public in every county seat where they would be forced to face their constituents? You’d see these guys and gals having to face the questions we cannot know or ask when they are hidden away in DC offices free to do as they damn well please.

        What better example of the massive waste of tax dollars than Benghazi? Did we have a say over that? You bet we didn’t.

        I agree that the US tax codes are just too too too voluminus and too easily reinterpreted by the 1% who now believe it is their constitutional right to be supported by their own employees and customers who are paying for those corporate tax subsidies in the hundred billions.

        DC offices are their way of doing what they, not we, want.

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        1. Leftout May 14, 2016

          We essentially created the one percent as well , Bernie and Trumps ideas are what we need. Trillions have been channeled over the past 20 years for corrupted cronyism leaving the middle class as waste , The lower classes ? And the upper one percent -politicians includes made the gains. Where did ten trillion dollars disappear…. A accounting is due for these monies . The middle class wants Theae monies back for education and healthcare and Free

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            No we didn’t. You don’t blame victims of fraud by men who are as crooked as a willow branch. Cronyism is not the balliwick of the working class…The Working class on Main Street get to pay for all of the freeloaders who live off our tax dollars.

            Who told Reagan, Bush ’41 and Bush ’43 to take money out of SS and Medicare to flush to Republican states for their cronies?

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          2. bobnstuff May 14, 2016

            When SS was created FDR never intended to keep money in it, That money is invested in the safest investment, government bonds. The working class has it’s own type of Cronyism, just on a smaller scale. Try getting into some of the unions. The tax could and corporate welfare is a bigger game but still the same thing. Our friends in Washington take care of their friends and family like the little guy just on a larger way. It’s not a fair game anywhere. That being said people like Trump take it to a new level. Today we have the best government money can buy and if Trump gets elected you haven’t seen nothing yet.

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        2. dpaano May 18, 2016

          Eleanore….Most of the elected politicians DO have offices in their states. By law, they have to maintain a local office AND an office in Washington. When they are not working in Washington, D.C., they are working in their local offices and meeting with constituents (hopefully).

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      2. dpaano May 18, 2016

        First thing you’ve said that I can honestly agree on. Our tax code needs a major reconstruction! We need to get rid of the many loopholes that corporations use, as well as the wealthy, to keep more of their and the rest of us paying more out!

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        1. Leftout May 18, 2016

          Thanks you, I take that as a compliment from such a critical thinker. My other comments are just as agreeable, a bit over the the top to make a point or two.

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  7. TMZ1928 May 14, 2016

    What does Donald have to hide? Not as much as Hillary is trying to hide.

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  8. paulyz May 14, 2016

    This article is just negative, political speculation, when the real issue is Obama sealing all of his records. The Left certainly isn’t concerned with that, more hypocricy.

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    1. Böcker May 14, 2016

      Off topic, Trump is a whiny liar, he can release his tax returns during an audit, Nixon did.

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    2. timmfr30 May 14, 2016

      move closer to the fire lizard…brain is cold…you’re babbling

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    3. Grannysmovin May 14, 2016

      I know this is difficult for you to comprehend – but Obama is not running. Become enlightened http://www.factcheck.org/2012/07/obamas-sealed-records/

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  9. Böcker May 14, 2016

    The IRS already said months ago that Trump can release his tax returns.

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    1. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

      Absolutely. Don’t you think it is rather fishy that he won’t show them until AFTER the election? DON’T VOTE FOR THIS CON ARTIST. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT.

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  10. patrick g van meter May 14, 2016

    I would like to see Trumps tax returns just out of curiosity. I think he lies about how much he makes. He loves to brag about himself and my guess is he makes less than he brags about. The reality is that it makes no difference. HRC will use it for talking points but it won’t change anything. Waste of time. They’re both lying and everyone knows it.

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    1. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

      I saw a program a couple of weeks ago that said that Trump is near bankruptcy and needed political donations to stay afloat. He is nowhere near as wealthy as he claims. He is a master liar and manipulator, remember that whenever he opens his mouth. By the way, the show featured a guy who saw his taxes.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

        Actually, The Donald is doing the very thing Sanders is now under investigation for…misuse of campaign funds. In Trump’s case he claimed like former NJ Governor Jon Corzine, also under investigation, that he was self-funding his campaign. But now, he wants to use donations to repay for the funds he used from the money he calls self-funded.

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        1. laurele May 14, 2016

          Sanders is not under any such investigation. You’re either blinded by utter hatred for him, or you’re one of $hillary’s paid trolls.

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          1. King of America May 14, 2016

            He is, in fact, under investigation for exactly that.

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          2. Independent1 May 15, 2016

            And so he chartered a 767 to travel 8,500 miles for a 15 minute speech and for this from the Pope?

            “This morning when I was leaving, Sen. Sanders was there, he had come to the convention,” the pope said. “He knew I was leaving at that time and he had the courtesy to greet me. I greeted him, his wife, and another couple who were there and were sleeping in Santa Martha,” the hostel where Francis also lives. “When I came down, I greeted him, I shook his hand, and nothing more. This is called good manners and it is not getting involved in politics…. If anyone thinks that greeting someone is getting involved in politics, I recommend that he look for a psychiatrist.”

            That’s awkward.

            Bernie Sanders’ awkward Vatican junket

            http://theweek.com/articles/619088/bernie-sanders-awkward-vatican-junket

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          3. dtgraham May 16, 2016

            Why did the Pope invite Bernie Sanders and not Hillary Clinton?

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          4. Independent1 May 16, 2016

            The Pope did not invite him:

            The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, told The Daily Beast that it wasn’t the pope who personally invited the politician. “The invitation was made on behalf of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, not by Pope Francis,” he said. “There is no expectation that the pope will meet Mr. Sanders.”

            Unless of course Bernie forced himself on the Pope, which he did.

            http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/10/vatican-pope-didn-t-invite-bernie-sanders.html

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          5. dtgraham May 19, 2016

            Yes I’m entirely aware of that and have already corrected someone on this, who felt that Bernie simply invited himself.

            I was careless in my wording. Ok, then why did the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences invite Bernie and not Hillary? The important point still stands; not your nitpicking.

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          6. Independent1 May 19, 2016

            Because of Bernie going on and on about income inequality because it fit in well with the push the Pope has had in speaking about having to do something about poverty around the world.
            But just because Bernie harps on income inequality, in no way means that he has even the slightest idea of how he would actually get legislation enacted that would start turning income inequality around.
            In several interviews where interviewers have pressed him to be more specific on what he would do to enact his agenda, he’s shown that he’s really done very little thinking about how he would actually go about getting virtually any of his key campaign issues accomplished. And for many of us, that’s the rub.
            Bernie is campaigning on issues that it is unlikely that he’ll be able to deliver on- not only from a cost factor, but from an ideological perspective: being able to convince enough members of Congress to buy into his agenda. Over the years, Bernie has been very poor at that – getting even other senators to buy into legislation he’s been wanted to get enacted (he’s been trying to get a single-payer program for almost 30 years with no success in even getting more than a handful of senators to agree to it.)

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          7. dtgraham May 19, 2016

            This website is acting up too much right now. I can’t continue this. It’s just hell on any computer I use.

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          8. dtgraham May 19, 2016

            What kind of a nut are you? You conveniently left out the note of regret that the Pope sent Bernie for not being able to attend his speech, due to scheduling. Of course the Pope is very eager not to be seen getting involved in any country’s partisan politics, including his own and his adopted Italy. That’s par for the course.

            Pope Francis even remarked that Bernie “had the courtesy to greet me.” You’re like Fox News. You’re twisting a wonderful thing into something completely different.

            This is a tremendous honour for the U.S. to have this bestowed on one of their own leaders by Pope Francis. You’re trying to turn it into something else. Call Roger Ailes. He would be impressed with your work.

            The question still stands. Why did the Vatican invite Bernie and not Hillary to speak on social issues near to their heart?

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      2. patrick g van meter May 14, 2016

        I have had a hard time understanding why a person with several billion dollars would be interested in politics. He had to realize his life would be an open book. Didn’t he? What he does better than anyone is sue people. Here we go.

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    2. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

      You fool no one. The only reason you think Hillary lies is because she is a woman and men like you believe ALL women are liars. How about grow the hell up?

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      1. Leftout May 14, 2016

        Men lie a smidgeon , Bill Clinton and other Presidents even

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

          Men lie one whole hell of a lot more than women. WMDs? An Italian informant who didn’t exist? Don’t even go there about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Not when the right wing CONmen like Hastert play with little boys and Gingrich couldn’t stay with Wife Number 1 when she was going through chemo or Wife No. 2 when she was diagnosed with MS. Then, there’s that Republican who thought Congressional pages were sex toys and the VA Senator who had an illegitimate kid with his Venezuelan mistress…or the OH Sen. who got nabbed for lewd behavior in that men’s room…

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          1. patrick g van meter May 15, 2016

            Almost all of these incidents you mention involved females also.
            Hmmm. People lie. The difference? People that become politicians make a living at it.

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      2. patrick g van meter May 14, 2016

        Oh, I understand now. All this time I was thinking she was a politician. I said Trump was a liar also. I imagine it is different with him. Complex much? I don’t know about growing up but I would suggest you grow a brain. Stem cells might help.

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  11. Leftout May 14, 2016

    A smidgeon of truth will be coming from Hillary
    N0 one ever hides anything on their returns anyway, so that is why a simple flat tax will suffice and make it easier for everyone, every person and corporation pays 10 % of gross earnings , sales etc……. Simple . Who could refuse such a simple system …,,,, and why!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

      No a flat tax WILL NOT suffice. I pay the same 28% as Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, Charles and David Koch. They want wealth so they raise prices on goods and services. What do we get to raise prices on so they lose the same amount of money from that 28%.

      I was an accounting manager for nearly 25 years. This flat tax BS is just that..BS. 28% of a $50K salary doesn’t factor in that the 1% will end up depleting incomes by raising prices on rent, food and other necessities, not to mention their biggest favorite extortion: homeowners, renters, auto, life, flood, healthcare, dental and pet insurance. Try again with the flat tax BS…It’s the favorite of rich men like Steve Winn and the Koch boys.

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      1. Leftout May 14, 2016

        Buffets taxes are paid on shown income after deductions, a flat tax would be paid on gross incomes, gains, sales , this is a big loophole

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

          Do explain how the hell if we all pay the same taxes and they continue to zap hell out of the cost of the necessities we need to exist, that flat tax will not bankrupt the middle and lower classes? Money depleted by greedy men who can’t live on stagnated incomes themselves have no place in a democracy.

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          1. Leftout May 14, 2016

            We do not ALL pay the same amount in Taxes . The Flat tax , the more you make the more you pay on gross earning, sales, etc . Prices for goods are still determined by market forces as they are today. If you want to drive a high maintenance Jaguar then you pay up . If you want to pay for an equally good Ford Fusion you pay less and the better value .

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          2. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            You are preaching to a NJ property owner. You want MY property taxes? I don’t give a fat rat’s ass how prices on goods are determined. If you only earn $50,000 a year and the prices of goods make a $50,000 profit for billionaires from goods and services, what about that don’t you call inequitable?

            No one who earns $50,00 can afford a Jag…only the $500 billion a billionaire earns can. Let’s stop with the blindsiding BS.

            The less a person earn and they more they have to pay, they less income they have to live on. And when Mr. Billionaire knows all he has to do is stagnate wages, that 28% flat tax means 28% tax on salaries that are 10 or 15 years old while Mr. Billionaire’s profits continue to increase his wealth.

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          3. Leftout May 14, 2016

            Koch shows after tax
            Loophole $ 225500 income after grossing $115billion , Buffet Corp bills > $2 billion gross , he pays only about 17 % on manipulated, loopholed income.

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    2. johninPCFL May 14, 2016

      To support the military and other programs already in place, the number is 15% to 17% ($800B = 140MM working X $50k avg X 15%). But that still doesn’t cover Medicare, SS, Medicaid, etc., so the total adds up to around 40% for the self-employed.
      Which is just about where it is right now…

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      1. Leftout May 14, 2016

        My point is , many escape the responsibility of paying . If these corps and underground economies all fessed up, the working class would be happy to know everyone is paying in. Everyone !
        The problem in today’s structure is that she working class feels that they are paying for both sides of the spectrum .
        No Freebees for anyoneWith a flat tax .

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

          The working class IS paying for both sides of the spectrum. Here is how: First, the working class employees has payroll deductions at the federal and state level, not all of which end up paying for SS, Medicare and other programs. These are often raided to pay for other programs like the $17 billion Big Oil gets, the $50 billion for border protection and the constant flushing of tax dollars for the states that always have wild fires, tornadoes and other state created disasters.

          If you review the ROI Republican states get compared to Dem States you see the truth of which states support the Republican states. The average all Dems states get back for the $1 they pay in federal taxes is 55 Cents. Compare that to the $1.35 up to and including the $1.87 that the Republican states get for their $1.

          The worst is that when we as employees or customers pay our taxes, they don’t always come back to our states.

          That’s why a flat tax would be a major disaster. You’d have working class people earning the average US income of $50K paying the same tax % as someone earning $500 billion all while that $50K is depleted by the constant price gouging of billionaires. That IS the FREEbee the billionaires would get…FREE profits no taxes.

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          1. dpaano May 18, 2016

            Yes, unfortunately, there are enough IOU’s in the General Fund for monies taken from the Social Security account…..if it were all paid back, we’d not have ANY problems with Social Security payouts for the next century! We can thank LBJ for signing a bill that allowed states to “borrow” from the Social Security account. Unfortunately, they forget to pay it back!

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        2. dpaano May 18, 2016

          If these big corporations didn’t use all the ridiculous tax loopholes that are out there, they WOULD be paying taxes, but they hire high-paid ex-IRS accountants to find all the loopholes they can use to get out of paying their fair share of taxes…..look at GE. They haven’t paid anything in taxes for years…..but, they’ve used a lot of taxpayer-provided stuff! It doesn’t seem to be fair to the lower and middle class to have to see these companies get away without paying anything when their profits are sky high and their CEO’s get paid in the millions! We need to do away with all the loopholes; i.e., capital gains, etc.

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          1. Leftout May 18, 2016

            This my point. If they paid on their gross , a flat tax , that would at least pay something. They do provide jobs , but a lot is hidden as expenses. If I have a small farm and I have to plan expenses , payroll maintenance , taxes and hope to make it , above my tax burden. I can fix this.

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    3. Independent1 May 14, 2016

      Like I’ve said several times – you have no idea what you’re talking about.

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    4. King of America May 14, 2016

      What the hell do your moonbat flat tax ideas have to do with the Clintons?

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      1. Leftout May 15, 2016

        Point is that candidates were trying to hide fees, speaking fees and other outside donations to foundations , trusts and the like. if there s a flat tax non of these could be scrutinized. nor should they be, unless malfeasance is suspected …bribes as in PACs.

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        1. King of America May 15, 2016

          That’s not a “point”, that’s some smears that you’ve invented out of whole cloth. Still has nothing to do with your impossibly infeasible idea of a flat tax.

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        2. dpaano May 18, 2016

          I don’t believe the Clinton’s hid any of those things…..they’ve given their complete tax returns for the last several years. Maybe other candidates hide things, but the Clinton’s have not.

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          1. Leftout May 18, 2016

            Wow , you sound so sure , are you her accountant. Even the IRS is corrupt as in Lois Lerner. The tax codes are filled with loopholes and it is not fair for those on the bottom side .

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  12. JESchwartz May 14, 2016

    This article on Politico goes into great detail about how Trump leaned on his father’s wealth, reputation, and political connections to get his first big deal. His dad also helped bail him out when things didn’t go so well. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-father-artifice-of-the-deal-213888

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  13. yabbed May 14, 2016

    Trump released his tax returns to qualify for casino licenses and that was during a period when those returns were being audited by the IRS. Being audited is not a valid excuse.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

      They were being audited because Trump brazenly flew in his Middle Eastern high rollers via his private helicopter and they were laundering money in his casinos. NJ have very strict gaming commission rules that are overseen at the federal level. Trump was warned 3 or 4 times about money laundering. He pretended he didn’t know anything abaout it. When you own a business, you don’t get to pretend and you are required to comply with NJ’s gaming Commision regulations.

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  14. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

    What is going to come back to haunt Sanders is how he used campaign funds to take his double butt wife Brainey Janey to Rome. He will have to prove it was a state department authorized papal audience which the Papacy has already stated it wasn’t.

    And, he keeps saying he gets $27 donations but that doesn’t add up when you consider he has thus far managed $91 million in donations which is why the FEC is investigation the sources of his funding. Dollar to a donut they are coming from the foreigners who are associated with JACPAC to whom Sanders has donated thousands.

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    1. Leftout May 14, 2016

      Double butt , Brainey Janey ….. Oops , l thought you sounded like Trump for a moment . We all know that that campaign funds and trusts and foundations , PACs feed families of indigent politicians . These expenses as you know , you- being an accountant , . Can easily be slanted to fit IRS rules. That is why a Flat tax will eliminate this type of corruption . A flat tax is the great truth player .

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

        The FEC doesn’t see an authorized trip to Rome for a papal audience that was not a personal invitation as an “expense.” No they cannot easily be slanted to fit IRS rules.

        The flat tax is BS. As an accounting manager, I can tell you that you have NO idea how a flat tax would benefit the 1% and not the working class.

        So..here’s the example. You earn let’s say, $50,000. You pay the same flat tax as Charles and David Koch. Then, they raise the prices of your rent or interest on your mortgage for a higher profit. Then, they raise the prices on groceries, school books, clothes and tires for your car to 10 times what they were before the flat tax. You lose another $15,000 out of your $50,000 income and they gain $15,000 x millions of working class AMericans. What about this don’t you get?

        Flat taxes ONLY work if billionaires are not allowed to increase prices on necessities.

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        1. Leftout May 14, 2016

          Wrong They do not pay the same amount of money. Koch has 115 Billion in sales , they would get taxes on this gross , Koch shows only $225000 income after tax gross deductions same as as well as buffet. A flat tax would return much more Tax revenue as an example …… Same goes for loopholed Corporations

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

            No they would not. Under IRS laws, you maintain accounting books that clearly define your income and your assets on your property and businesses. You have no idea what you are talking about. Again..how will a flat tax not hurt the middle class who will pay more for goods and services while the profits are taxed at the same rate as middle class income?

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          2. Leftout May 14, 2016

            Flat tax will eliminate a teired 3 book accounting scheme and multiple IRS loopholes .

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          3. Independent1 May 14, 2016

            Hogwash!!! Like Eleanor said – you have no idea what you’re talking about.

            If I had my way, everyone would have a Tax Id number akin to their Social Security number which held a ‘tax classification number’ set by the IRS. The IRS would set a tax classification for each person’s Tax Id number while processing their tax returns

            So every time someone made a major purchase they would have to provide their Tax Id number which would automatically look up their tax classification; which in the example I gave you above of someone earning $200,000 purchasing the same car as someone who was earning $50,000, would ensure that both purchasers of the same car would end up paying – the same percentage of their earnings in sales tax; therefore on a $30,000 car, if the sales tax was set at say 3% of earnings (and if everyone had a Tax ID number states could set far lower sales tax rates), the person earning $50,000 would pay a $900 tax – while the person earning $200,000 would pay a $6,000 tax on that car (recognizing the difference in each person’s ability to pay a tax).

            The flat sales taxes that virtually all states have today, unduly burden lower income individuals and more often than not, let the wealthy like Trump get off with paying very small percentages of their incomes, especially when making major purchases – like major appliances, homes, property and expensive cars.

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          4. Leftout May 15, 2016

            Nay Hog Wash, Basic rules of business or buying is to Buy if you have income to support purchase, through loans or cash.
            I can only buy a home if the banks think that I can afford the mortgage loan….this is the basic transaction model. I have lied on applications to get a bigger home, but I worked an extra job to support my silliness. I was lucky and resourceful.
            We play flat taxes on many items already and they are not apportioned to our income. The more you make the more you buy and generally on a higher cost item ….personal diary.

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          5. Bill P May 14, 2016

            If you are referring to Koch as a business it would not be taxed on the 115 billion in sales. It would be taxed on the sales # – minus the business expenses. A flat tax would not eliminate the cost of doing business for companies. A flat tax would though eliminate mortgage interest and real state taxes for individuals. What kind of effect do you think this would have on the housing market?

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          6. Leftout May 14, 2016

            There would be no deductions for business reinvestmwnts in. Flat Tax . According to some , the country transacts $ 100 trillion in business , and if 10 percent or even lower percentage were exacted on these transactions, you would pay from General Gov revenue for every Bernie Sanders Freebee , including SS, Edication , Jaguars and Healthcare vouchers for all ,and no hiding monies under loopholes . We could pay accountants and IRS workers for additional 5 years till they re educate themselves to being journalists or certainly jaguar mechanics . Housing should be affordable on ones own resources , so I say .

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          7. Bill P May 14, 2016

            Any company that exists calculates their income based on sales/revenue minus the expenses of the business – salaries, rent, cost of inventory, etc. The tax a company pays is based on this net amount. No tax plan taxes a company base solely on its sales revenue, the net income of a company is based on its revenue minus the cost of doing business. This is not a business reinvestment but a part of the income a company earns. It is part of a typical calculation per any accounting method. As for your comment on housing it’s not an answer. What do you think will happen to the housing market if the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions are eliminated? Your last sentence is an avoidance of the question not an answer.

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          8. Leftout May 15, 2016

            In a flat tax world there are no deductions for expenses of business I have a small farm for example, I place seeds for grain , calculate labor , equipment loans , if necessary and hope for good weather and a good harvest . If I calculate my BUSINESS PLAN and I calculate a loss ..,, I do not go forward . It is like a home mortgage , the bank only gives me a loan if they know they will profit on me …. Except in BarneyFrank Loans!!.
            You should not take out a mortgage commitment unless you are able to pay up, come hell or high water, calculation take into account taxes and interest …… A rather basic model . As home owners we are now marginally subsided , but I do not count on that as a home buyer.

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          9. Bill P May 16, 2016

            So in your understanding of a Flat Tax a company that has sales revenue of $1,000,000 but business expenses of $1,100,000, therefore generating a loss, the company would still have a tax liability of $100,000 based on a 10% tax rate on sales of $1,000,000. A real life example of this would be The Lending Club had revenue of $211 million but had losses of $33 million would have a tax bill of $21.1 million. You have a misunderstanding of how a flat tax would be calculated on companies. This is directly from the Tax Policy Center -“The flat tax can be split into two parts: the business tax and the individual tax. Firms would be responsible for paying taxes (at a flat rate) on sales after they have deducted wages, pensions, material costs, and capital investments.”

            As for the effect on the housing market you still haven’t answered my question – what effect would eliminating mortgage interest and real estate taxes have on the housing market.

            As for your very narrow-minded view on home ownership and mortgages a person who takes out a 30 year fixed rate mortgage calculates what he/she can afford including the income tax deductions they can take from mortgage interest and real estate taxes. Now 10 years later you want to change the rules and eliminate these deductions that were part of 100’s of thousands of mortgages that people took out on their homes. That is not going to happen.

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          10. Independent1 May 14, 2016

            You clearly don’t have clue what you’re talking about. A flat tax throws the major burden of taxation on those who can afford to be taxed the least.

            Let’s say you earn $50,000/yr and go out and buy a $30,000 car and pay a 10% flat tax. So you end up paying $3,000 in tax for the car. So the tax on the car cost you 6% of your income.
            Your neighbor who earns $200,000 a year ends up buying the same car and therefore pays the same 10% flat tax.

            So your neighbor who earns 4 times what you do ends up paying 1.5% of his income as a flat tax in buying the same car you did, while you pay 6%- that makes absolutely no sense: that higher income people should end up paying a far lower percentage of their incomes for purchasing the same items.

            And rich people paying a flat tax on earnings makes no sense either – the wealthy put a far greater burden on our country, our cities and the planet than lower income people just because they own more properties including houses and cars, do more traveling utilizing the country’s roads, own bigger houses that utilize more of the country’s and planet’s resources, which generates more pollution causing more global warming, and on and on. Therefore their earnings should be taxed at higher rates.

            The most stupid tax of all is a flat tax!!!!!!!!

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          11. Leftout May 15, 2016

            If I was making 200k I would probably by a Mercedws /jaguar and in my state we pay 6% sales tax no matter what care I buy , everyone pays the same tax rate , so we effectively , already have a flat tax on most items. I do not get a break on this since I make a lowers wage . Also if you are making 200k you may need that for a large family or working Two jobs , but that is a personal decision . If you are making 200k you are most likely working your butt off , so I have found and working more than 8 hours/day, unless you are in the glamour jobs .

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          12. dpaano May 18, 2016

            I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that I can deduct my mortgage interest on my taxes every year. I pay a LARGE amount in interest each year on my mortgage…..it’s nice to get a little of it back.

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          13. Bill P May 19, 2016

            I completely agree with you. I have a mortgage and small home equity loan that I pay interest on. These deductions help at tax time. I was in a dialogue with Leftout who claimed that a flat tax rate would be the best tax method. He also claimed that business would be taxed on their revenue and not be allowed to deduct their cost of business. There were numerous comments between Leftout and myself that rook place after my reply to Leftout.

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          14. dpaano May 19, 2016

            Leftout has NO idea what he’s talking about and even when accountants and CPA’s try to point out to him where the flat tax would go wrong, he chooses to only believe what he’s been brainwashed into believing by the rightwing pundits! I have given up replying to these trolls….it’s like talking to a brick wall and NOTHING you say or facts you provide will make them change their minds….it’s like Stockholm Syndrome on steroids!

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          15. Bill P May 20, 2016

            I usually ignore these trolls too but sometimes I just have to point out their ignorance about some topic. Leftout stopped replying after I showed him an article from the Tax Policy Center that stated the cost of doing business would not be eliminated in a flat tax method.

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    2. AgLander May 14, 2016

      So it’s safe to assume that you are supporting the three decades abuser of women, Hillary Clinton, who is the president and CEO of the “Bimbo Eruptions War Room” that makes it possible for Billy Bubba to continue his lifestyle of serial philandering and manipulation of women to this day, including last night?

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      1. King of America May 14, 2016

        Hillary Clinton has never abused any women. What is wrong with you?

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      2. Independent1 May 14, 2016

        Abused women?? You’re a flat out liar!!

        See this:

        But that night in the theater two years ago, the other six brave women came up on the stage. Anabella De Leon of Guatemala pointed to Hillary Clinton, who was sitting right in the front row, and said, “I met her and my life changed.” And all weekend long, women from all over the world said the same thing:

        “I’m alive because she came to my country and she talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her.”

        “I’m alive because she went on our local TV and talked about my work, and now they’re afraid to kill me.”

        “I’m alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me, and had a photograph taken together.”

        When Hillary Clinton stood up in Beijing to speak that truth, her hosts were not the only ones who didn’t necessarily want to hear it. Some of her husband’s advisors also were nervous about the speech, fearful of upsetting relations with China. But she faced down the opposition at home and abroad, and her words continue to hearten women around the world and have reverberated down the decades.

        She’s just been busy working, doing it, making those words “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” into something every leader in every country now knows is a linchpin of American policy. It’s just so much more than a rhetorical triumph. We’re talking about what happened in the real world, the institutional change that was a result of that stand she took.

        Everywhere she goes, she meets with the head of state and she meets with the women leaders of grassroots organizations in each country. This goes automatically on her schedule. As you’ve seen, when she went to Burma – our first government trip there in 40 years. She met with its dictator and then she met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman he kept under detention for 15 years, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/18/1248523/-You-won-t-see-Hillary-Clinton-in-the-same-light-ever-again

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        1. dpaano May 18, 2016

          Plus, the Clinton Foundation, which the rightwing pundits like to put down, have helped so many women in third world countries to become self sufficient! If she’s so against women….why do so many women in those countries thank her and the Foundation for their assistance?

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  15. Lynda Groom May 14, 2016

    What concerns me more is Trump the man. What he does with his money is not really my concern, as long as done within legal limitations. His policies, nor perhaps more correctly his lack of any, are troubleing indeed.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker May 14, 2016

      I live in NJ. Trump had 2 casinos in AC. He hired mostly immigrant workers at the lowest possible salaries to work in the casino hotels. He lied about why he had to close them. He said it was because of the increase of casinos in other states. Then, it came out that he was being sued by the U.S. Treasury for money laundering to terrorists via his Middle Eastern high rollers.

      So, thousands of casino workers are now unemployed and the businesses he hired for various services shut down. Now AC is having to be helped out by taxpayers because Trump was allowed billions in tax cuts and subsidies just to locate his casinos in NJ. He also managed to get the AC boardwalk space for that private helicopter landing port which taxpayers in NJ ended up paying for.

      Governor Fat Mouth seems not to want to spend a dime on AC even though it was his Republican govenor Christine Todd Whitman who passed off billions to Trump in business tax cuts, subsidies and exemptions.

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      1. Lynda Groom May 14, 2016

        That info sure points to Trump the man, his character or lack thereof.

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        1. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

          Yes, it is lack thereof. This morning on the news he is now touting out his daughter’s “success (Ivanka), beauty & poise”. Well if all daughters came from millionaires, they would be able to have the same abilities as his.

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      2. Leftout May 14, 2016

        You rightly again pointed out that politicians as well as all of us are using loopholes and we are making up the difference .

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      3. AgLander May 14, 2016

        Eleanore, you are one bitter, jealous female……are you filled with such vitriol towards anyone who has a dollar more in their pocket than you or drives a newer car? Envy will destroy a person…..it already has destroyed you!

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        1. King of America May 14, 2016

          Again your issues with women come out. Weird and gross.

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        2. InformedVoter May 15, 2016

          You called this one correct! Eleanore is full of hatred towards men and shows it every opportunity. Ignore her garbage about NJ. Yes, she may be from there, but she has nothing but left lies about the “facts” she quoted above.

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    2. Blueberry Hill May 14, 2016

      I saw today that Trump is also in the released Panama Papers, so he must have money hidden there. Can’t trust this con man no matter what he says and does.

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      1. Leftout May 14, 2016

        That goes for many in governments from all countries, but it is a system that we all put up with , till now .

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  16. Levi May 14, 2016

    I did a simple calculation about Trump and his wealth that his naive followers should understand and put in perspective. Forbes estimates his net worth is 4.5 billion. If he can get just a 4% return on that money. this sum represents 28.5 people, each working 40 years, each earning $140,000 per year. The $140,000 figure alone represents a fairly high middle class yearly income. So Trump earns in ONE YEAR what 28.5 upper middle class earners will earn in their 40 year work career. If you really believe that Trump actually cares about the middle or working class, you are either totally naive or have never met people who are multimillionaires (and how they value other people).

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    1. AgLander May 14, 2016

      How many people do you employ, Einstein? Trump employs thousands while all you can offer in return for the free air you breath is a shameful display of success envy while sitting on your front porch scratching your gut.

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      1. King of America May 14, 2016

        He employs dozens of people, through shell companies that go bankrupt whenever he has to pay off a debt. He’s not a success, he’s a fraud.

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      2. dpaano May 18, 2016

        Unfortunately, most of those employees are in China and other overseas areas. Most of his clothing line was made in China! I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t envy his success because the way he got it was by trodding on the middle class. By the way, did you know that he still owes money to some of the contractors that built his so-called “towers?” He’s been sued by many of them for non-payment….which is why he ended up having to file bankruptcy several times! It that’s success…..I don’t envy it!

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  17. ORAXX May 14, 2016

    I suspect Trump fears the public finding out he isn’t nearly as wealthy as he wants everyone to believe he is. In any event, that isn’t relevant. The thing that matters is that Trump does not possess an iota of relevant education or experience for the job of being President, and does not appear to have even a rudimentary grasp of military matters or foreign policy. His suggestion that the U.S. renege on it’s debt has the potential of undermining the entire global financial system.

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    1. InformedVoter May 15, 2016

      Like Obama possessed the skills to be president? Obama, without any experience in working for a living or running anything other than a campaign that was pushed because he’s black, managed to show that being qualified does not count. Look at Hillary, not qualified to be SOS and she screwed that and the middle east up horribly. Unlike the ego driven Obama and Hillary, Trump will surround himself with experts and the country and world will become better for all.

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      1. ORAXX May 15, 2016

        Obama was a law professor for a dozen years. A state senator, and a U.S. Senator. Trump certainly hasn’t surrounded himself with experts to date, and it’s highly questionable that he even has the expertise to identify an expert.

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        1. InformedVoter May 15, 2016

          Obama has not worked and been paid by any job in the private sector. The work he performed for the law firm he worked for was non-billable, ie. pro bono.
          As a Senator, he did not vote on more occasions than he voted for, namely he replied “I’z here!” and elected to not vote because he had no clue as to what he was being asked to vote on. He was completely incompetent and has demonstrated that in his 7 1/2 years.. He is now ranked below GW by political experts. His rating is higher than Carter, but still in the 36-40 range.
          Obama has sealed his college records and his financial records and is obviously hiding something.
          Trump has grown his wealth from his share of $280 million (shared by his brother and sister) to over $4.5 billion (low estimate) or $11 billion (high estimate). I will accept he did not have the personal knowledge to amass that wealth by himself, so give him credit that he hired experts who made it happen.

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          1. ORAXX May 16, 2016

            And wealth is the only measure of a person? Trump is shallow, crude, and vulgar without a shred of relevant education or experience for the job of being president. He’s a thin skinned narcissist.

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          2. InformedVoter May 16, 2016

            It seems you described Obama more than Trump. Obama’s ego is much larger. Spending $100 million on an African vacation; spending $$3 million to fly the dog to Camp David, the list goes on and on. Obama was NOT qualified and it showed because his ego prevented him from appointing competent people. Trump’s history shows he will NOT make that ego mistake.
            Regarding education, all those years at college, yet NO ONE who was there at the same time, including professors, can remember Obama even being in class, let alone finishing a class. Obama is living proof that affirmative action does not work!

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          3. ORAXX May 16, 2016

            David Duke and other white supremacists have endorsed Trump for a reason, and Trump horrifies our allies. You’re determined to hate Obama, and nothing is going to change your mind. I’m guessing you don’t have a problem with Bush’s two trillion dollar war that destabilized the entire middle east? Or the fact Cheney’s old company made $40 billion dollars on that lie? Every economic metric out there is vastly better than it was eight years ago. The only people who expected Obama to be perfect were Republicans.

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          4. InformedVoter May 16, 2016

            You are so out of touch. Foreign countries in Europe and Asia openly mock Obama and his horrid foreign policies. The US is no longer considered the leader of the free world. How do I know? I live outside the US almost 6 months/year. The cartoons absolutely destroy Obama.
            Even Hillary has acknowledged that the economy is not healthy: the “recovery” is the weakest, longest and worst in history. Again Hillary is quoted as acknowledging that fact – but she blames GW! After 7 1/2 years, the economic problems are Obama’s, not GWs!
            Obama has done such a great job of unifying folks. That’s why race relations are worse now than 50 years ago. Police departments and the military have had their spirit destroyed. Even the Dems have abandoned Obama – his party has lost more offices in the US so that now Dems hold fewer offices than since the 1920.
            Obama is unqualified and he demonstrates that every time he pulls out his pen and phone.

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          5. dpaano May 18, 2016

            See, ORAXX, what did I tell you…..they refuse to realize that the economic problems we have today should be laid at the feet of Reagan and GWB!! They continue to want to blame President Obama who, by the way, has gotten us out of most of the mess left by Bush! As for race relations….has nothing to do with the president….this is a state problem and many states just have not dealt with it! Additionally, in 2012, the Democrats got more of the popular vote than the Republicans, but because of the way the system works….the democrats lost seats. It had NOTHING to do with the fact that people wanted Republicans running this country! It’s Stockholm Syndrome for sure!!!

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          6. InformedVoter May 18, 2016

            Being that you’re so low information, you really are quite clueless. Race relations: Obama has destroyed the morale of law enforcement and crime rates are climbing. Making statements like “if I had a son”, and his “friendship with racists” have set relations back 50 years. Obama has destroyed the morale of our military by forcing out seasoned leaders and replacing them with folks who have never fired weapons.
            The economic “recovery” is weakest, longest and worst in history, yet you low information folks think it’s just great. Even Hillary is criticizing Obama’s “recovery”,
            The Obamas have never paid for their own vacations – like the $100 million for Africa. He’s the first president in history who has taken the country for a free ride – after all, he’s a king – what a joke!
            You made several recent posts that truly show how low information you are. If Hillary gets elected, with the economic problems still be Reagan’s and GW’s? Get some information before make another worthless and ignorant post!

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          7. dpaano May 18, 2016

            I’m not even going to bother to respond….you are so brainwashed by the Republican party that talking to you and giving you absolute facts is like talking to a brick wall! You believe what you want to believe and continue to live in your fantasy world. I don’t have enough time or enough energy to try to educate you, and I don’t think you’d listen anyway! Facts mean nothing to you people!

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          8. dpaano May 18, 2016

            You are the clueless one….you don’t even know how states work and what they have jurisdiction over, do you? Police departments are not run by the federal government….they are run by the state government. It’s up to the state to hire police officers and to train them properly. As for the morale of the military….I’m a veteran, and the morale of most of my cohorts as far as President Obama is concerned is considerably high. In fact, they are ALL pretty scared that Trump will get the presidency…..he’ll totally screw up the military…..even some of the generals in charge have said they wouldn’t do some of the things he’s suggesting; i.e., torture, waterboarding, even if he orders it!
            As for the president’s vacations….if you did your homework, you would know that the president pays for his own vacations…..he does not pay for the flight on Air Force One or the security detail that is required to be with him even on vacation. However, all hotel bills, meal bills, etc. are paid directly out of his pocket. That’s the way it’s always been. Also, the trip to Africa was not just a vacation….he met with various African leaders while he was there. Do your homework……you’re the uninformed one! Enough said!

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          9. InformedVoter May 19, 2016

            Once again you make multiple, worthless posts. Have you not heard of the Ferguson Effect? Police are reluctant to do their jobs and just ignore situations that lead to robberies, assaults and even murders. All because Obama made stupid statements like “if I had a son”. Since you apparently have not, I’m beginning to doubt you were nothing more than a mall guard. Is your name Paul Blart?
            It all started with Obama getting involved in the Trayvon Martin fiasco. Zimmerman should never have been charged and the trial turned into a circus. Again, if you were a real LEO, you would know this.
            Obama has largely ignored paying for his own trips. He is the first president to break the tradition.
            Many retired military officers have gone on record regarding the morale destruction of the military. Those that he’s put into power are not the best qualified.
            Obama gave away Syria and is personally responsible for the millions that have been murdered.
            You keep ignoring information sources outside of those extremely biased to the left, who always twist the facts to hide Obama’s ineptitude.
            Obama’s scholastic record is a joke as all the information being passed around, by clueless people like you, was fabricated to deflect those trying to have the records made public, like all prior presidents. What’s Obama hiding?
            Foreign leaders love Obama because they can count on him to do their bidding and make the USA more like a third world country. Those living abroad despise and openly ridicule Obama. Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t another cartoon lambasting Obama as a fool and being clueless (there’s that common liberal description again).
            Time for you to return to your crayon play time.

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          10. dpaano May 18, 2016

            ORAXX…..the conservative rightwing pundits will only shift the blame for everything you mentioned to President Obama….that’s what they do. They refuse to believe that our biggest problems with the economy, etc., all started with Reagan and went on with Bush II. They just can’t see the forest for the trees and tend to believe ONLY what they’ve been brainwashed to believe by the Republican party. It’s sorta like they’re suffering from Stockholm Syndrome! They’ve been kept in a closet for years and fed BS….and that’s all they will believe even when you give them facts!

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          11. dpaano May 18, 2016

            I would love to see the links to the items you mention; i.e., the $100M for the African vacation, etc. First of all, the First Family pays their own expenses when they go on vacation, but the government pays for Air Force One (because it’s the law, not because Obama says so) and his security contingent. As for flying his dog to Camp David….I’m sure he paid his share for that.
            And, what is Trump’s “history” that you think shows that he wouldn’t do something much like this. He already plans on paying off some of his campaign debts with money he gets from donors to his new PAC, which is totally illegal.
            As for his college….again, he graduated magna cum laude with a 4.0 average. He would not have been asked to be a professor at the college if he didn’t have the grades for the job! It has nothing to do with “affirmative action.” As for his professors not remembering him…..I’m sure there are a bunch of MY professors who couldn’t pick me out of a line up also, and I did really well in college! Seriously….this is all you’ve got?

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          12. InformedVoter May 18, 2016

            How about none of his fellow students remembering him even being on campus? Obama has lied all the way.

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          13. dpaano May 18, 2016

            I’m sure many people don’t remember ME on my college campus either. Do you even know how many students there are in most colleges? If, as you say, he lied, then how did he get his law degree and pass the bar? Why did he have a professorship at the college to teach, and how did he graduate magna cum laude?

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          14. dpaano May 18, 2016

            President Obama has NOT sealed his financial records, and his college records are not relevant. He graduated cum laude with a 4.0 GPA average, which is pretty darn good. Don’t think you could pass muster yourself! As for Trump’s growing his wealth….he did it by treading on the people who worked for him, by underpaying them, by filing bankruptcy 4X so that the American taxpayers ended up bailing him out! If you call that “growing his wealth,” you’re a lot crazier than you seem! AND, if he hired so-called “experts” who “made it happen,” maybe you can explain why his looked down on by his fellow businessmen and why he ended up filing bankruptcy so many times! Apparently, these experts were all that “expert,” were they?

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          15. InformedVoter May 18, 2016

            Obama’s college and work records HAVE been sealed! The “grades” released are for classes he audited, thus getting 4.0 is an outright falsehood. His bankruptcies did not cost the taxpayers, like the stupid bailouts for GM and Chrysler. People look down on Soros, Turner, Koch and Gates, etc,, so other businessmen looking down on Trump is nothing new.
            Gets some real facts before demonstrating how low information you are!

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          16. dpaano May 18, 2016

            And, I’m sure he would have been asked to be a professor at the college if he didn’t have good grades? Are you serious? Do you even read what you write? As for Trump’s bankruptcies, yes, they DID cost the American taxpayer money. Every time someone files bankruptcy, it costs us money. Someone has to pay the bills that were listed on the bankruptcy paperwork…..who do you think that was? As for the bailouts for GM and Chrysler….that saved a great many people their jobs. It saved them from losing their homes and their livelihood, but I guess that’s not important to you, right? After all, you probably didn’t suffer.
            Talk about being “low information,” you may want to look in the mirror. This is the last response I’ve got time to make to you…..it’s a waste of time because you are so brainwashed by the Republican party that nothing, even facts, will make you see the lies you’ve been told! Just continue to live in your little fantasy world!

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          17. InformedVoter May 19, 2016

            You are totally clueless about bankruptcy. The lenders get x cents on the dollar and are the ones who lost money. The taxpayers don’t pay those bills.
            Those working for GM or Chrysler would have gone to work for another auto company. So many cars/trucks have to be produced to satisfy the demand. Those vehicles that Gm would have built and sold would have moved to another manufacturer. That manufacturer would have had to increase production to meet the demand, ie. hired more folks, purchased more material, etc.
            I’m beginning to wonder how you survived in the real world.
            The Dems keep destroying the middle and working class, yet you lefties keep saying it’s the Reps who are against the working or middle class. Clueless indeed!

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      2. dpaano May 18, 2016

        The ONLY person that screwed up the Middle East was GWB! When he started the war against Sadaam, he was the one that caused what is now the chaos in the middle east. Hillary had nothing to do with that catastrophe! Put the blame where it belongs and quite trying to put the blame where it doesn’t belong! As for her job as the Secretary of State, she did a great job; she has the respect of many countries overseas…..moreso that Trump. Most of the countries are scared to death that he will be elected as president! The problems he could cause for them if he does what he says he wants to do would be catastrophic at best for not only the countries, but for the United States!
        As for being “ego driven,” there’s no one more narcissistic and egotistical than Trump! It’s about about him, and he doesn’t care about the average American citizen! People seem to think he does, but anyone with a brain would see through that! As for the so-called “experts” that Trump has already hired….their credentials are spotty at best. I wouldn’t call ANY of them experts!

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        1. InformedVoter May 18, 2016

          The blame goes squarely on Obama and Hillary! Her time as SOS was among the worst in history. Foreign leaders know she was a joke. Her constant lies like “we landed and took fire” meant she had no credibility. Foreign leaders openly mocked her and openly mock Obama even today.
          Obama’s actions to pull out cost us and the world millions of innocent lives. The European immigrant crisis of today is solely Obama’s fault. Because of Hillary and Obama, the USA is no longer the leader of the free world.
          Foreign leaders are actually hoping Trump wins. This I know for a fact. Now that Trump has begun to attack Hillary like she never imagined, women are starting to move to Trump’s side and abandoning the Clinton Crime foundation. Women are recognizing that Hillary called women liars when Bill was under attack and now she’s flipped.

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          1. dpaano May 18, 2016

            You need to change your name to “UninformedVoter.” First of all, President Obama pulled out of the Middle East because of an agreement that was signed by GWB….it said that we would leave Afghanistan by a certain date. So, you can’t blame that one on him. Secondly, foreign leaders in the UK, China, North Korea, Israel, and Saudi Arabia are scared to death that Trump will be elected…..the ONLY foreign leader that doesn’t have a problem is Putin, who we can consider to be the Russian equivalent of Trump….both are narcissistic, egotistical, bloviating idiots!
            The immigrant crisis is NOT our fault or Obama’s fault….he did not want to put more troops on the ground in Syria because he knew that the American people would rebel. We’ve lost too many men and women in this war and the Middle Eastern countries have to start putting their 2 cents in and fight their battles…..we are NOT the world’s army!
            Again, you might consider changing your name because you certainly are NOT informed!

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  18. Beethoven May 14, 2016

    Trump has said he won’t release his tax returns until the IRS audit is complete. Hillary and Bill Clinton’s tax returns have been made public for every year since, I believe, 1992. Plenty of tax experts have said that an audit by the IRS in no way prevents the release of the tax returns to the public. So Trump clearly is lying about something. If an IRS audit is truly a reason for not releasing his tax returns, then what about the returns from, say, 1992 through 2010? If the IRS is auditing his returns for the last 15 or 20 years, the only possible reason is that they are preparing a major case against him for tax fraud. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t want to release his tax returns.

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    1. yabbed May 15, 2016

      Bernie Sanders is refusing to release his returns, also. No candidate can be credible without releasing years of tax returns. It’s been the norm for 40 years.

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    2. dpaano May 18, 2016

      He recently told a newspaper man that he didn’t have to release his tax returns because several other presidents hadn’t. The newspaper man pointed out to him that the last president that didn’t release tax returns was way back in 1976. Trump was kind of left standing there with his foot in his mouth!

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  19. 2ThinkN_Do2 May 14, 2016

    Thanks Mary, if only people would actually hear what you are saying; does Obamacare cover hearing aids?

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  20. AgLander May 14, 2016

    What doesn’t Bill and Hillary Clinton, today’s version of Bonnie and Clyde, want you to know about the “pay to play” funding associated with the Clinton Foundation where hundreds of millions of dollars have been funneled to their so called charity from questionable sources and countries during her tenure at the State Department? Stay tuned because there is a very high likelihood the current FBI criminal investigation of her email compromising of national security shenanigans has expanded into the secret workings at the Clinton Foundation……..The Clinton Foundation Crime Syndicate will eventually bring an abrupt end to the pant suits queen’s presidential aspirations and send the Democrats scrambling to find an eleventh hour replacement. What a shame…….

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    1. Independent1 May 14, 2016

      How much do you get for being a Trump troll??

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    2. King of America May 14, 2016

      I love that you losers still have trouble with women wearing pants, in 2016.

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    3. Insinnergy May 15, 2016

      What is amusing is how desperately you are trying to distract from the free falling car wreck that is the criminal liar Donald Trump…. by mentioning Hillary … on a Trump article…

      Desperation much?

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  24. Zaheerah Aleem May 16, 2016

    Wealth vs power is very interesting. Good article on the difference between the two and the masses concept of wealth. The circles that Trump navigates in has the power with or without “perceived” wealth. The masses don’t distinguish the difference.

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  25. dpaano May 18, 2016

    Again, I’m astounded at how many people have been suckered in by Trump’s lies and BS! He continues to lie, flip flop on issues, refuse to acknowledge things that he’s very clearly said (and are on record), and a whole lot of other crap! Why so many people can’t see through this is amazing to me! I used to think that the American people were a lot smarter than this, but I might be wrong. Apparently, according to a recent article, most of Trump’s followers are white males who do not have a high school diploma….makes sense!

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