Did you know that Illinois (and it is not the only state) is trying to push through legislation that would require President Trump to disclose his tax returns, or be removed from next year’s presidential ballot?
I kid you not.
Here are the particulars, from an article at mystateline.com:
The Illinois Senate passed legislation Thursday aimed at forcing President Trump to release his personal income tax returns or be barred from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot.
The Democrat-led Senate voted 36-19 in favor of the bill.
Democrats have been trying to pressure Trump to release his tax returns even prior to the 2016 election, in hopes of revealing possibly damning information about buisness relationships or income from foreign powers.
State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) said, “If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years?” according to WBEZ.
“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything,” he said. “That’s how I see it.”
OK, let’s start with two facts which end this idiocy right at the starting gate:
- There is no legal requirement that President Trump provide any tax information of any kind to anyone. Doing so is 100% voluntary;
2. The legal requirements for a presidential candidate are set exclusively by the federal government. No state can either wave the federal requirements or impose additional ones.
You were saying, Sen. Munoz?
Now, let’s talk about the ramifications of Illinois – along with other Democrat-dominated states – illegally attempting to create such a requirement (my state of New Jersey, by the way, is one of the others).
While it may sound great and be very satisfying to the legislators in those states, it doesn’t take a political expert to figure out that it will infuriate Mr. Trump’s base, and that this may well result in them turning out in higher numbers on election day.
Further, though I have seen no polls on this matter, it is an excellent bet that a great many folks in the middle (the people who usually move an election in one direction or the other) will be turned off by an illegal attempt to prevent a major party candidate – in this case, the incumbent President – from being on the ballot. It seems apparent, therefore, that, if such an attempt moves them in any direction at all, it moves them toward Mr. Trump.
Bottom line: this is a case study in how to lose by “winning”.
Oh, one other thing: If Senator Munoz truly believes…
“If you want to run for vice president or president of the United States, hey, what’s wrong with providing your tax returns for the past five years? If you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything,. That’s how I see it.”
…then shouldn’t the same criterion, for the same reason – if you’ve got nothing to hide, you shouldn’t worry about anything – apply to Illinois state senators as well?
How about showing us your last five tax returns, Senator Munoz? And how about proposing that every elected officeholder in Illinois – not just state senators but assembly members, city council members, etc. – show their last five tax returns as well?
Hey, if they’ve got nothing to hide, they shouldn’t worry about anything, right?
I’ll just bet Senator Munoz will start writing that legislation any day now. Any day. Annnnyyyyyyy daaaaaaaaa…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz