That is often a given often, best to avoid what you can't defend, or at the very ,least mock, insult, demonize, misconstrue, twist, cherry pick, deflect, etc the list is long.gmrocket wrote: ↑Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:08 amYou know I didn't read this load of garbage right?86_regal wrote: ↑Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:56 amAnd apparently your problem, as well as the other 6 people that read my post, is reading comprehension, the ability to recognize the necessity of deliberating such topics by formulating the relevant question(s) to allow myself, or ANYONE else, to devise a PRINCIPLED, CONSISTENT and well reasoned answer. That said, I DID NOT offer an answer, only questions I believed would aid in fostering one.gmrocket wrote: ↑Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:12 pm
You know what your problem is?
Someone could ask you if it's raining or sunny outside,, your reply would be so long winded, twisted , turned upside down and backwards, then inside out....and they still wouldnt know if it was rainy or sunny.
I had six people read what your reply was, two said your kinda for it, they think. one said she had no idea what side you were on, one more said you were mostly against it, and the last two said you were a jerk.
You can't brings yourself to say the words "trump should not release his personal tax info"
I ask you to set down the crayons you and your 6 friends are using in your 2 dimensional left vs right, Republican vs Democrats, Trump tax returns vs NO Trump tax returns coloring books and read the following CLOSELY.
IMO, Our elected REPRESENTATIVES and administrators, who serve and represent US, THE PEOPLE, are REQUIRED to be (at least) COMPLETELY FINANCIALLY transparent in the same way we EXPECT our local vendor to transparently account for the expense of EVERY item or service rendered.
However, in stark contrast to the local vendor that NOT everyone is obliged to patronize, we ARE obliged to pay our taxes to fund the services provided by those representatives and administrators. Since it is asserted that we (ALL) receive an equal "non-excludable" share of those services, it (SHOULD) now become imperative to disclose that all expenses are INCURRED EQUALLY as well.
This would necessarily require not ONLY the disclosure of all costs but ALL RECEIPTS.
This flies in the face of conventional wisdom on 2 fronts.
First, despite the fact that no one is charged for a loaf of bread on the basis of their previous year's adjusted gross income AND that the original Constitutional Federal tax collection structure be subject to "apportionment" among the States, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to find ANYONE to apply this SAME "consistent" and principled reasoning in the context of the Income Tax in current day, thanks in large part of political rhetoric "du' jour" like "job creators", "fair share", "The Buffet Rule", "cheap overseas labor", etc.
Second, the disclosure of ALL tax receipts would REQUIRE the disclosure of EVERY American's Federal Tax return EVERY year. Unsurprisingly, not only would this be unpopular to Trump but also every current and previous Congressman, Senator, bureaucrat, agent and EVERYONE on this board INCLUDING MYSELF because it reveals the ugly reality that our completely arbitrary and ludicrously incomprehensible government IMPOSED and frequently manipulated income tax structure would force us into the "necessity" of sacrificing PERSONAL privacy for the benefit of Government transparency. BECAUSE such a trade-off is so unpopular IS THE VERY reason why the fog hovering D.C. obscuring and protecting those "in the swamp" will remain.
In lieu of the previously cited UNACCEPTABLE current circumstances, I choose a third direction. ABOLISH the Income tax and Apportion the federal Tax burden just as prescribed by the Constitution.
Some quick math would reveal that the roughly 4 TRILLION dollar 2019 budget divided amongst ~330 Million people would result in a tax bill of a little over 12K to EVERY man, woman and child. I suspect the budget would shrink rather quickly after that and would avert those with nefarious political aspirations to run for office.
"Winning" , since so many are hung on seeking that outcome,is often achieved swhen the others run and hide.