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Is Hillary Clinton Providing Too Much Information?

issues-index-032816a.originalHillary Clinton’s prodigious websites are filled with issues and answers, fact sheets and statements.  The latest spin coming from the Sanders and Trump campaigns as well as from some media pundits is that the American people do not want specifics and  plans. They want dreams and generalities rather than blueprints for solutions that will box the president in.  When you get finished rolling on the floor laughing, we have to ask ourselves: Have we gotten it wrong?

We have always listened to speeches, town halls, and debates with the idea that the candidates ought to be telling us what they understand the issues to be and how they plan to address them.   Isn’t that the idea?

But the new spin coming at Hillary Clinton from both sides is that she provides too much information. The latest uproar in the media is Donald Trump’s assertion that his tax records are none of our business.  Hillary’s tax returns, health records, and more have long been available on her website. You can peruse them here. >>>  Hillary Clinton releases health, financial records.

Tax records are kind of basic. They provide insights into how money is handled.  Dennis Hastert’s shady past came to light as a result of payments he was mysteriously making.  They are not policy plans, but they shed light on habits. Donald Trump thinks we do not need to look into his habits.  Bernie Sanders says he will release some (non-specific) returns when he finds them.  Well, Lord Almighty!  We hope as POTUS he doesn’t misplace anything else that might be important.

Trump’s remark did inflame many, and Hillary’s defense site, The Briefing, was quick to collect and publish the reactions below.  But given the broader spin of the past week,  the implication seems to be that Hillary Clinton is simply overwhelming the American people with way more information than they can possibly digest or use.  Hillary has far more faith in the voters of this country than any of the talking heads from the other campaigns or in the media.

As the issues arise, Hillary will continue to address them specifically through this primary cycle, through the general election, and through eight years in the White House.  Isn’t that what the American people want?

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What Else in Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Does He Think Is “None of Your Business”?

When asked on Good Morning America this morning what tax rate he pays, Donald Trump responded “it’s none of your business.” If his tax rate is none of our business, what else in his tax returns does Trump think is none of the voters’ business? Donald Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns because he claims he’s under audit. Unfortunately for Trump, the IRS has explicitly said that excuse is bogus. It’s time for Donald Trump to release his full tax returns and stop hiding the truth from voters.

“Our country has a long history of presidential candidates releasing their full tax returns and for good reason. Voters deserve to know what’s in Donald Trump’s returns – how exactly he makes his money and what he does with it. Enough is enough. We know he’s done his best to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. What else is he hiding in those tax returns?” said Hillary for America Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds.

But don’t just take our word for it:

New York Daily News: Donald Trump could be hiding his true net worth or that he skirts taxes by not coughing up returns

Atlantic: What Is Trump Trying to Hide in His Tax Returns?

Fortune: Here’s What Might Be Hiding in Donald Trump’s Tax Returns TIME: The ‘Bombshells’ That Could Be in Trump’s Taxes CBS News: 5 ways Donald Trump’s tax returns could spook voters Washington Post: Trump’s false claim that ‘there’s nothing to learn’ from his tax returns

Associated Press: What’s in Trump’s returns? A look at how he plays tax game

Bloomberg: I Saw Trump’s Tax Returns. You Should, Too.

New York Times: What We Can Learn From Donald Trump’s Unreleased Tax Returns

Chicago Sun Times: Top five reasons Donald Trump should cough up his tax returns

Market Watch: Opinion: ‘Dodging Donald’ Trump has no good reason to withhold his tax returns

Boston.com: Mitt Romney calls Donald Trump’s refusal to release tax returns ‘disqualifying,’ again speculates of ‘bombshell’

Citizens for Tax Justice: Why Donald Trump May Be Hiding His Tax Returns

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Calls on Donald Trump to Release Tax Returns

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State Representative Daniel Riemer Calls on Donald Trump to Release Tax Returns

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State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald Calls on Donald Trump to Release Tax Returns

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Congressman Tim Ryan: Trump Should Respect Ohioans and Release His Tax Returns

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