“Donald Trump taxes” has turned up more frequently in search results since Hillary Clinton bashed him for “paying no taxes” at Monday’s first presidential debate.
While the GOP nominee’s response may not have done him any favors with a majority of Americans — “That makes me smart” — it isn’t likely to hurt him in the overarching race as things head into November.
And it’s not likely to hurt him because people hate the IRS a heck of a lot more as evidenced by this poll from Pew Research.
As someone who paid the government more than $20,000 in taxes last year (not counting whatever was spent on state and local sales tax), it’s not at all frustrating for me to hear that Donald Trump’s taxes — at least rate-wise — are probably much lower than my own.
While politicians look to the amount of taxes paid as some sort of barometer for how qualified you are to run the country, I as a barely middle class person in the 21st century United States believe it’s a smoke-and-mirrors game designed to create the impression of contributing while getting rich off the American taxpayer.
At risk of being audited, it is difficult not to resent every last dollar the government takes especially when you compare what you’re contributing to what you get in return.
Let me describe to you a situation.
You work from home. You drive very little. You use a private daycare, pay private health insurance, pay all your bills without relying on assistance. You’re a burden to no one yet you can’t save for retirement or enjoy yourself more than once a month.
If the government allowed you to voluntarily step out of the failing Social Security program, it would be possible for a responsible human being to save for retirement and be debt free. Instead, if the above-described person describes you, you grow increasingly frustrated by people who get refund checks in spite of not paying a dime in federal or state income tax.
As if you haven’t already figured it out, that describes my situation to a T.
When I heard the accusation Donald Trump’s taxes were nothing, my first reaction was “so what?”
Did he break any laws? If so, why isn’t he in jail, or why hasn’t he been punished in some way? Did he avoid paying taxes obeying the law? Good. It means he has the sense, the resources, and the guts to beat the most wasteful and corrupt organization ever — the current U.S. government — at its own game.
Will he bring that same ingenuity to the White House? Maybe, maybe not. But I know exactly what Hillary Clinton will do. She will add more bureaucracy to the tax code, create more disincentives to work hard and earn more money, and push the country further towards socialism.
DONT FORGET: Hillary said, “WE’RE GOING TO RAISE TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS!” – her supporters mindlessly clap & cheer. Let’s remind people! pic.twitter.com/fehpOR6QpX
— ALWAYS TRUMP! (@Always_Trump) October 1, 2016
Socialism has never worked and has always led to deeper corruption, and if there are some countries that aren’t “there” yet, give them time.
That’s not the U.S. I want to live in, and it isn’t the country as it was originally designed.
Donald Trump not paying taxes, especially through legal means of avoidance, should be the last thing in the world you care about when there is a candidate and an entire party wanting to push the U.S. further towards a nanny state.
By Donald Trump not paying taxes, he is sending a message everyone should reiterate — start doing more to stay out of the way, let willing Americans who are well aware of the risks manage their own lives.
To borrow comments from President Obama in 2012, you didn’t build us, federal government. My money is not your money. You don’t earn it, and you don’t play by the same rules I have to as a person.
You raise your debt ceiling at will, rack up trillions of dollars in debt, and devalue currency to the point that any money earned is worth far less than it used to be. Prices go up. Take-home pay goes down. We’re supposed to feel good about feeding the beast?
Donald Trump may not pay taxes. He may pay “as little as humanly possible,” as he has said in past debates. But whether intentionally or unintentionally, he sends a message to Washington it needs to hear.
This country is free. You are public servants. You get power from people, not the other way around. If you want taxes to be a barometer for “doing one’s part,” then stop wasting the money.
Stop empowering people who won’t work through the efforts of people who do. There is a reason the country is on more entitlements now than ever before, according to Forbes.
It’s because we’ve invested too much in social programs that do more damage in the long term to the fabric of society than they do in the short term for the individual.
It’s a basic cliche, but it’s true.
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
As a taxpayer who hasn’t seen a refund in years yet still struggles to make ends meet and has $0 saved for retirement — while the retirement you force me into actually loses money over time (per Market Watch) when factoring for inflation — I’m done.
The Donald Trump taxes angle isn’t going to work. And if you’re in the same position or you’d like to escape the prison of entitlements, you should feel the same way.
Let’s close this with a question from Mrs. Clinton herself.
— vlh (@coton_luver) September 30, 2016
Answer: powerless because of a repressive tax code and a wasteful government you’ve spent 30 years benefiting from.
But what do you think, readers?
Do Donald Trump’s taxes bother you? Sound off in the comments section below.