When Hillary Clinton noted in their first debate that the only available Trump tax returns indicated he paid no federal income tax at all, Trump couldn’t resist interjecting, “That makes me smart.”
I beg to differ. At the very least, it makes him a selfish mooch, a freeloader who expects to enjoy all the incredible benefits of being a citizen of the United States while others pick up the costs of his citizenship. This is, of course, in keeping with what he has revealed about his business practices in which he routinely screws people out of money and expresses pride in how smart that is, too.
But more to the point of his egomaniacal run to be President of these United States, it reveals his ignorance about what it takes to build a great society of people who are prosperous and happy. While any of us can decry wasteful spending by the federal government, there is in fact a massive and irrefutable correlation between a people’s taxing themselves and their happiness. And it’s a positive correlation, not a negative one.
That’s right. If you check the annual survey of citizens’ happiness among the nations of the world, you’ll see that the countries whose people are most delighted with their lives are also the ones that—wait for it!—pay the most taxes. Check it out for yourself: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-happiest-places-on-earth-are-heavily-taxed
One could fill the Library of Congress (tax-supported, BTW) with a catalog of the things that Donald Trump does not understand. But it is simply disqualifiying not to understand that the United States of America that he slavers to lead is not like his business enterprise. It is not a dog-eat-dog, winner-take-all arena in which citizens do their best to crush each other. It is a cooperative, collaborative fellowship of individuals and families working together to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. He knows nothing of this.
In the world that Donald Trump has lived in, full of casinos and country clubs and extravagant restaurants, it is a common practice for proprietors to “comp” valued customers, picking up the check for them as a gesture of gratitude for their patronage and to lure them back again. News flash for Donald Trump: the people of the United States do not want to “comp” you.