Trump: A lesson in tax re­form

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ed­ward Mc­Carey McDon­nell, Bal­ti­more

The news that Don­ald Trump has ex­ploited the tax sys­tem to his ad­van­tage is no sur­prise, nor are the re­ports of how he has stiffed small-busi­ness own­ers with whom he has done busi­ness (“Trump says he ‘bril­liantly used’ tax laws to his ad­van­tage,” Oct. 3). Mr Trump is not known for his in­tegrity or re­li­a­bil­ity or busi­ness acu­men. He has flown high on the money of other peo­ple.

What does con­cern me the most is the idea that what he has done may have been le­gal. I cer­tainly hope that mem­bers of the Mary­land con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion will con­vene hear­ings to de­ter­mine how we can fix a se­ri­ously bro­ken tax sys­tem. Mr. Trump should be sub­poe­naed to tes­tify as to how he has man­aged to avoid pay­ing fed­eral taxes. This is not a mat­ter that will sim­ply go away. We need to know how the sys­tem can be re­paired so that there is fair­ness and eq­uity.

Of course, Mr. Trump is not the only per­son milk­ing the sys­tem. We know that some large Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions such as Ap­ple are not pay­ing taxes here. Clearly, the fed­eral govern­ment’s op­er­a­tions are be­ing fi­nanced by the mid­dle class. Our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity in this area and have ap­par­ently not done a good job of rep­re­sent­ing their con­stituents.

I re­ally ex­pect to pay less to the fed­eral govern­ment once the tax sys­tem has been re­formed. The only good thing about the Trump nom­i­na­tion is that is high­lights the job a Repub­li­can Congress does to pro­tect the rich at the ex­pense of ev­ery­one else. I am truly dis­gusted.

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