Once again, why is this even an issue? Can anyone provide a solid reason why the returns are SOO important?
Yes, why indeed? Don't states have the right to organize their presidential elections however they want? How is this state, this law, even an issue?
The legislators of the State of Washington want to see the tax returns of presidential candidates. Not sure it makes sense, but fine. If voters in the state of Washington have an issue with that, they can resolve it at the ballot box... Just like voters nationwide can use a ballot box to send a message about presidential candidates who choose not to release their tax returns...
doesnt the president and VP have their taxes audited automatically every year? are we saying that the public is going to find some illegal activity that the IRS has not been able to find?
I don't think anyone, corporation or individual, has their return audited annually as a matter of routine. Every audit has to be justified on its own.
I don't think the returns would show illegal activities, however I do think they would show his wealth quite doesn't match his ego. We are talking about the businessman who lied to Bloomberg in order to be ranked higher than justified on their list of richest individuals, and who has sued people who claimed he was not as wealthy as he said he was.
At this point, I wish he would release his tax returns, because I think it would be a 5-minute story if he did, and then the world would move on. He would feel humiliated for a while (he should, but for lying, not for being as wealthy as claimed), the left would celebrate his humiliation for a while.... and that'd be it. After everything else he's been given a pass on, I can't imagine this is the lie that will make his base give up on him and search for another candidate. And we could finally stop talking about it!