A lot of people have been buzzing about Donald Trump’s tax returns, and the New York Times “bombshell” that Trump lost a billion dollars in 1995 and probably hasn’t been paying any federal income taxes.
Bombshell? You’re killing a great word. Stop. It’s not a bombshell if he didn’t do anything illegal. A bombshell is when 32,000 emails get deleted from a private server. This is just a rich guy hiring a team of accountants to save him money without breaking the law. Cool bombshell.
I have no idea how any of this works. I don’t understand taxes. That’s why I just hire someone else to do it for me. Because our tax system is complicated and stupid. I give an accountant money so they can go out and find a way for me to give less money to the government. This makes me a job creator. I win, the accountant wins, and Washington loses. Tax companies advertise themselves by bragging about how much of a refund they can get us. Where are all the butthurts whining about how they shouldn’t be doing this?
This is no different than what Donald Trump does. He just has a lot more money and has to invest more money in accountants in order to do so. The bottom line is the money either goes in your pocket, or it goes to the government. Who do you trust more? Because I trust myself a lot more. You won’t see me voluntarily writing checks to Mosaic Cultural Complex or some other shady non-profit. You won’t see my giving Ed Augustus a raise for being bad at his job. You won’t see me declaring war in some bullshit pile of rocks. But the government can and will do all of those things with my money. It’s why I like holding onto it at all costs.
That’s why all these people whining about Trump’s taxes sound so, so dumb. What are you mad about? What law did he break? Oh that’s right, you’re just butthurt that you paid taxes like a sucker and he figured out a way to legally avoid them. Why are you mad at him when you should be mad at the system? Don’t hate the player, hate the game. The Clintons have been running this country for decades now. If the tax codes are set up so that Trump doesn’t have to pay any taxes, then why hasn’t this been fixed? Plus, do you think Hillary Clinton or any politician is lining up to write a check to Washington DC because they’re feeling extra jingo? She’s hiring the same accountants, and they’re hiding money in the same places. But the media doesn’t seem to care. Makes sense.
Secretary of State John Kerry docks his 76 foot yacht in Rhode Island because it saves him half a million dollars per year. People go to New Hampshire all the time to avoid paying a sales tax. And I’m not mad at any of these people. Why? Because tax laws affect behavior. And smart people will do what it takes to avoid paying taxes. But no one seems mad at John Kerry. Funny how that works.
What do people want Trump to do? Hand over billions of dollars to the government that he doesn’t have to? How stupid do you have to be to subscribe to that philosophy? We want a President who just hands over shit he doesn’t have to? This is a quality we’re looking for? Someone who is a spendthrift and wasteful? Look, if you wanna say that he shouldn’t be President because he lost a billion dollars in one year, that’s a valid point. But no one seems to care about that. They only care that he probably didn’t pay income taxes. And that’s just dumb.
I will say this though – Trump has a lot of nerve talking about building walls and killing terrorists and all this other expensive shit, while not paying taxes. THAT is what is hypocritical, and it’s a point that people aren’t making nearly enough. This whole wall thing is a ridiculously expensive waste of money. Most people who are here illegally didn’t walk over the border. They came here on a plane and overstayed their visas. A wall is a multi billion dollar project that can be circumvented with a ladder or a shovel. It’s the definition of big government and wasteful spending – something conservatives claim to be against.
The bottom line is that smart people are always looking for a way to save a buck. When you have a kid, do you pretend that you don’t have a kid so you can pay more in taxes? When it’s 10 cent wing night do you insist on paying full price? Of course not. Because you take the best deal that you can get without breaking the rules.
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