While Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz fight it out, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham are going after Donald Trump’s taxes. Even Ted Cruz joined in calling for Trump to release his tax returns. All of a sudden the IRS is the GOP’s friend?
“‘Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney assailed billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon for failing to disclose back taxes, repeatedly suggesting that the billionaire’s financial records may contain ‘a bombshell’ that could damage his White House bid.
“‘I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes. I think there is something there,’ Romney said on Fox News’ ‘Your World’ with Neil Cavuto. ‘The reason I think there is a bombshell in there is because every time he is asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays.’”
Romney’s demand is thick with irony. In 2012, when Romney was running for President against Obama, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “falsely claimed that Romney had not paid taxes in 10 years.” Did Romney immediately make his tax returns available? It took him months to release his 2011 tax returns. “President Obama’s reelection campaign used the issue to characterize the millionaire as untrustworthy and out of touch with the average American voter.”
Don’t we have enough trouble with the IRS, always fearful that we might get a notice that we are up for a random audit or worse, a targeted audit because of our outspoken political beliefs? At the CNN GOP debate in Houston, Texas, Dr. Ben Carson told the audience “that after he spoke out against Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast he was audited by the Obama IRS.”
“I never had an audit until I spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. And then all of the sudden they came in and said, ‘We just want to look at your real estate dealings.’ And then they didn’t find anything. And then they took a look at the whole year. And they didn’t find anything. And then they looked at the next year and they didn’t find anything. And they won’t find anything… The fact is the IRS is not honest and we have to get rid of them.” (H/T:Gateway Pundit)
There’s nothing in the Constitution that presidential candidates must release copies of their tax returns. And why is that? Because when the Constitution was drafted there wasn’t an income tax. An income tax was added to the Constitution via the 16th Amendment in 1913.
Read the full article by Gary DeMar at EagleRising.
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