Should political candidates be required to fully disclose their past finances and if so, how many years back do we need to go?
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If a person isn't crooked when they get into politics It's a pretty safe bet they will be by the time they exit the political arena. If the IRS can do a 7 year audit then it's reasonable to ask candidates to provide those same records.
That is an interesting site. Thanks mperrottet
If someone is not open and forthcoming in the very beginning of an office they are seeking then just imagine how they will be if elected to office?
Romney need to MOVE to the Caymans.........Hi Chris! LOL
Hey, if he becomes president, I need to move to the Caymans. Maybe I can spend some time with HIS bank accounts and some rum runners.
But, you don't hold the Dems in Congress to the same criteria, do you?
They also have investments in overseas accounts and investments in overseas companies. Some have unpaid taxes etc...Can you be consistent in your "outrage"?
Sure can, Mitch. You're the one assuming partisanship. Hold 'em all to account, I say. Congress is a millionaires club these days. Vote the bums out.
Chris, I agree to hold them all accountable regardless of party...but, I don't care if they are millionaires...financial success is not a negative in of itself.
Obama has released all of his tax records...
I didn't limit it to tax records alone. That's what the partisan point talkers want to do. I'm not one of them.
What has President Obama not released that seems to legitimize Romney not releasing his tax records?
You know perfectly well Obama has buried records just as has Romney, and you know perfectly well what they are. Don't you ever get sick and tired of this deceptive, false campaign pretense? I suspect everyone else does.
Wait, we're being deceptive manipulators or manipulated sheep because we want to know what the possible next President paid in taxes in the last ten years? To have transparency at least equal to Obama's? These are inquires necessary for Democracy.
Why do you care what he paid in taxes?!? Who cares? If he hasn't been prosecuted for tax fraud then he's probably following the law, so why should we care? I'd rather know our presidential candidates beliefs and background than what he pays in taxes.
I certainly appreciate your honesty Larry and I do agree that 7 to 10 years of financials is something that should be considered for future candidates.
Why should ANY person seeking public office have to release personal financial records? What is the value?
What is the value of releasing financial records? Honestly, you think that's nonsense? Wow, it is amazing how some want to turn a blind eye all in the name of party unity. Shocking is the best description for the answer given!
Full transparency would be great, but it can't be one-sided. Candidate A can't unhypocritically demand B's tax returns without releasing his own buried college records, for instance. New requirements must be adopted after a campaign, not during.
@Attikos - I'm curious, what are you looking for in Pres. Obama's college records? He was Harvard's 1st black pres. of the Harvard Law Review based on his grades. So now not only a birth certificate, but also his education are in question?
I'm not gunning for anything in particular. I support transparency, however, not campaign season fishing expeditions, and if one side is to expose its secrets then so is the other. Or neither. It has to be fair. Well, it should be.
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