Much has been made about the Socialist Party demanding to be able to scrutinize President Trump’s tax returns over the past fifty years or whatever, and how Senior Socialist Pelosi isn’t able to rein in the demands of the AOC Wing of the Party. Whatever.
My take is simple: a private citizen’s tax information is an intensely confidential business — between the individual (or his agent) and the IRS, and no other.
Once an individual starts working in government, i.e. in public service, then his tax returns should be published in the Congressional Record each year, for two reasons:
- a position in public service should require that the public be able to scrutinize how it is possible for, say, ex-Senator Harry Reid (or current Speaker Pelosi, for that matter) to become a multi-millionaire while earning only a Congressional salary, and
- the knowledge that their financial dealings while in public service are being made public would make all gummint workers and elected officials more circumspect in their behavior, and rein in their corruption tendencies.
In other words, before someone starts working for the Gummint / is elected to office, those tax records are nunya. Once you become a public servant — and only then — those tax records should be subject to public scrutiny.
So if Trump tells Congress to FOAD when they demand to see his pre-presidential tax returns, I’ll support him to the hilt. But should Red Nancy refuse to let us see her tax returns from all the years she’s been in Congress, she should be impeached herself.