If you could take advantage of the tax system legally to end up paying no federal income tax, would you? Assuming you’re not an idiot, you should be careful about condemning Trump for something that any American would and SHOULD do.
The tax system is broken. I don’t believe that any candidate currently running has a plan to fix it. In fact, any plan that doesn’t include a simplified flat tax structure combined with reduction or elimination of the IRS and a solid plan to move the vast majority of programs to the private sector is just perpetuation of the problem. This problem is systemic and the system goes well beyond taxes, but back to the issue at hand…
If Donald Trump did not break the law in order to pay no taxes, then he shouldn’t be attacked. It’s foolhardy for his dissenters to choose this as the big “gotcha” moment. In fact, in the three pages leaked to the NY Times, the only real problem is that he was able to show nearly a billion dollars in losses. That’s the issue here. Who cares if he didn’t pay taxes by utilizing the system the way anyone in his position would? Why aren’t more people focused on the fact that he allegedly lost nearly a billion dollars? Isn’t he supposed to be a brilliant business man? Isn’t it his claim to fame that he’s rich and he’ll make America wealthy again? Do we trust someone who fails so badly at business to somehow turn around our abysmal economy?
The fact that Americans seem more offended by legal tax avoidance than his financial failures points to a problem of principles in America. The socialist agenda of making the rich pay their fair share is leaking over to fiscal conservatives who oppose Trump. Those of us, dwindling as we might be, are supposed to be the stalwart dissenting voice against his leftward lurch. I expect that anyone who opposes Trump should avoid sounding like a socialist by calling out his tax issue. It’s his lack of business success that we should be highlighting. Leave the talking points of redistribution of wealth through the tax system to the liberals.