Whether one is the republican or democratic nominee, it should be a prerequisite for each Presidential candidate to release his or her tax returns and medical history’s to the American public, prior to the November election. These two records offer the voter a glimpse into each candidate’s personal and fiscal life. Therefore, each candidate should submit his or her medical history and tax returns. This will permit voters to understand how each nominee may be vulnerable to medical conditions and debt whether foreign or domestic. Essentially, these records offer the likelihood of a potential President’s vulnerability while in office, by telling a story. Presently, at least one candidate plans on extreme vetting of immigrants beginning on day one; however, he will not allow himself to be vetted by the American voters.
Test Your Knowledge: True or False
For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.
- The Tax History Project has tax returns dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1913 returns.
- One of President Nixon’s most famous quotes is, “Well, I am not a crook.”
- An auditee is the only person who can confirm or deny that he or she is truthfully being audited by the IRS.
- Gary Johnson is a presidential choice on the ballot in all 50 states.
Wealth and Debt
It would appear that a nominee’s wealth, whether democrat or republican is problematic; however, with regard to national security a candidate’s debt is more significant, than his or her wealth. Secretary Clinton has released her taxes, which highlighted paid speaking engagements to audiences such as Goldman Sachs, where she earned $675,000. According to Fox News.com, “Clinton made $9 million from appearances sponsored by banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and real estate businesses.” While the democratic nominee continues to be placated by questions regarding these earnings and the content of the given speeches, Donald Trump has yet to give the voters an opportunity to examine his tax returns and ask the same type of questions.
Each candidate for POTUS should divulge full financial disclosure to the voters prior to the election. Mr. Trump wants voters to take him at his word, instead of being vetted. However, there is an argument to be made here. And, Mr. Trump has made it himself. By the tone of his primary and presidential campaigns, one could conclude that if elected he would be the “Vetter in Chief.” As a matter of national security, all presidential candidates must be vigorously investigated before taking office.
Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, and the IRS
Republican nominee Donald J Trump has not released his taxes due to a tax audit. Whether, or not Mr. Trump is actually being audited by the Internal Revenue Service seems unclear, at best. In addition, Mr. Trump has not produced a letter from the IRS stating that he is actually being audited. The American voters should not only request this statement, they should demand it. Mr. Trump should make this “notification of audit” from the IRS public, for all to see. After all, Clinton, Kaine and Pence have released their tax returns.
On August 1, 2016, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett disclosed that he too was being audited by the IRS. Buffet challenged Donald Trump to a transparency war stating, “I’ll bring my tax return. He can bring his tax return ... Just let people ask us questions about the items that are on there." Perhaps, this is one “fight” Mr. Trump does not believe he can win because he has not accepted Warren Buffet’s offer to throw down the gauntlet, regarding financial disclosure.
No doctor’s Note Will Do: Medical History Please
In addition, a nominee’s medical history should be unveiled to the public, prior to the election. A doctor’s note should not be accepted by American voters. American citizens deserve a full medical history discloser from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Citizens are voting for a President, not a Vice President. Releasing medical records allows voters to be confident that they are casting their vote for a President who is in good health and fit to occupy the Oval Office.
What do tax returns and medical records have to do with national security: everything. Voters should call upon Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to reveal these paper trails, which could be quite telling. In this election and every election evermore, American voters should be privy to information about how indebted, wealthy or healthy a presidential nominee is or is not. This allows voters who are the largest stakeholders in the entire process to be well informed.
American voters would want to know if a presidential nominee had a chronic disease, which could result in death. Similarly, a presidential nominees’ debt could make him or her susceptible, creating corrupt consequences on a global scale. This is why tax returns and medical histories should be disclosed to the American voter, prior to the November election. The voter must and can demand any individual seeking Presidency of the United States of America be scrutinized by the finest vetting available before the election takes place.
If a nominee’s looming death or enormous debt is kept from the voter prior to the election, the voter is being deceived. Again, citizens are not going to the polls to elect a Vice President. They are going to elect a President. Moreover, full financial disclosure by a Presidential hopeful is a sign of good faith. The President of the United States should only be indebted to the people he or she serves: the voters.
Transparency must be required from both candidates. The American voter still has time to demand their next president be vetted. If, he or she is not willing to release this documentation they are a national security risk. Extreme vetting of Donald J. Trump and Hillary R. Clinton must occur earlier than the November election. Voters can make the candidates reveal documentation. This is the voters’ election. Voters: make the candidates demonstrate his or her transparency, before you go to the polls.
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USA Today. (2016).Warren Buffett erases Donald Trump's excuses on taxes
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Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on September 22, 2016:
Tax returns - yes. Put them out there without restrictions.
Medical records - make them available for review by a team of medical professionals who produce a summary of your medical history. There should be some protection of privacy even for a presidential candidate. Pregnancy issues, sexual problems or treatments, cosmetic surgeries, etc. don't need to be the business of the American people. We need to know that a candidate is in general good health with no chronic issues.