Friday, November 4, 2016
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In an earlier blog Friday I pointed out the Washington Post’s list of many false statements Trump has made.
I did not mention his use of surrogates such as Rudy Giuliani to repeat and spread falsehoods as facts. From Friday’s Times; “Guiliani’s most remarkable claim is that he has a pipeline into the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that agents tell him they are “outraged” that they have not been able to bring Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to justice.
Since August, Mr. Giuliani has publicly claimed that F.B.I. agents were telling him that Mrs. Clinton should have been criminally charged for the email serve.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Trump campaign said that, in fact, the former mayor had not been speaking with any active F.B.I. agents. “He has only had conversations with retired F.B.I. agents who no longer work inside the building,”
So Mr. Giuliani was apparently basing his charges on second- or third hand information when he declared, “This is worse than Watergate.”
I am not repeating his well-publicized in general attacks on women. Or, his public and off the recorded bragging of his sexual attraction to women, something that if possible would make his once dear friend Bill Clinton a piker
His public ethnic comments about Mexicans and Muslims are well known as is his invite during one of his mass rallies for the Russians to hack into Hillary’s emails.
A recent article in the News Week lists his involvement in foreign countries
Just 3 days ago the Trump supportive WSJ published this article on his foreign business interests: (http://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-foreign-business-entanglements-would-create-unparalleled-conflicts-1478083150)
There is a real question if his investments or the country’s welfare will influence his actions? His provocative for subterfuge rather than facts suggest that his admiration for Putin is real.
In view of previous remarks at various rallies in seems clear that he recommends the KKK’s support although he just gave a pro forma rejection.
The “Wall” is a figment of his imagination that appeals to some people but does anyone think that the Mexican government will pay for it. Or if the thousand miles is practical or worth it.
Trump has never gone beyond “I am going to fix it” by giving a specific plan if one existed. He is the consummate con artist.
There is much behind his refusal to release his Tax information. There is no prohibition as Trump claims from the IRS for him to do so even if it were under audit.
Several recent media articles address the subject; one states “Donald Trump Used Legally Dubious Method to Avoid Paying Taxes” (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/us/politics/donald-trump-)
Or this one about his Doral golf course and his appeal on taxes: On the financial disclosure forms that Donald J. Trump has pointed to as proof of his tremendous success, no venture looks more gold-plated than his golf resort in Doral, Fla., where he reported revenues of $50 million in 2014. That figure accounted for the biggest share of what he described as his income for the year
But this summer, a considerably different picture emerged in an austere government hearing room in Miami, where Mr. Trump’s company was challenging the resort’s property tax bill.
Mr. Trump’s lawyer handed the magistrate an income and expense statement showing that the gross revenue had indeed been $50 million. But after paying operating costs, the resort had actually lost $2.4 million.
At one point during the hearing, Mr. Delgado stared at the income and expense report showing that Doral had lost $2.4 million in 2014, a number that did not even include millions of dollars in mortgage payments. Mr. Delgado began to chuckle and turned to the county property assessor, Murry Harris.
“So he spent $104 million to lose two and a half million dollars a year,” Mr. Delgado said. “I know how to lose that money without having to spend $104 million.
Through FOIR information that can be found about his finances we have learned that; Mr. Trump’s disclosure forms reported income from the Wollman and Lasker ice rinks of just under $13 million last year, and $8.6 million the year before. But accounting figures provided by his company to the city show that those figures represent gross receipts. And city contract documents show that out of that amount, he had to turn over to the city 28 percent of gross receipts and 56 percent of food sales, and cover expenses like utility payments and salaries. Recent figures were not available, but a 2011 city audit showed that for the previous three years, an average of $25,340 a year for both rinks was left after expenses.
Mr. Trump’s disclosure forms reported income from the Wollman and Lasker ice rinks of just under $13 million last year, and $8.6 million the year before. But accounting figures provided by his company to the city show that those figures represent gross receipts. And city contract documents show that out of that amount, he had to turn over to the city 28 percent of gross receipts and 56 percent of food sales, and cover expenses like utility payments and salaries. Recent figures were not available, but a 2011 city audit showed that for the previous three years, an average of $25,340 a year for both rinks was left after expenses.”
And one recent Op-ed in the Times “The only public information he has offered about his finances is buried in the 2015 Financial Disclosure Form 278e that he filed when he entered the Republican primary. According to his financial disclosure, Mr. Trump owns and controls an extensive business empire.
Given that, it seems incredible that he reported only $14,222 in total salary on his 2015 financial disclosure form, all of it paid by 208 Production LLC, which made his reality show “The Apprentice.” He claims that the other part of the form, which asks about “Sources of Compensation Exceeding $5,000 in a Year,” is “not applicable.”
That means that he was paid no salary by the more than 200 corporations that he owns and runs — corporations that own or manage businesses having more than a billion dollars in value and hundreds of millions of dollars in income.
By declaring such a low salary, Mr. Trump, we believe, avoided paying millions of dollars of Medicare taxes that should have gone to support senior citizens and their families. He may even have shortchanged Social Security by declaring salary and self-employment income below the limit on Social Security taxes ($118,500 in 2015).
We don’t have his returns, so we don’t know what Mr. Trump paid. But absent any evidence to the contrary, the inescapable conclusion is that Mr. Trump has failed to pay millions of dollars in Medicare taxes.
Isn’t it ironic that manipulator Trump has the gall to call Clinton a criminal?
(This is the second of three planned blogs)