Billionaire Mark Cuban lambasted Donald Trump for his decades of tax evasion on Monday morning, teaching the Republican nominee a valuable lesson about the value of paying taxes that will almost certainly fly right over the head of the tax-dodging miser.
During last Monday’s debate, Trump responded to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s accusations of tax evasion by saying that “makes me smart.” Cuban fiercely rebutted that statement, reminding us all that while we may not enjoy paying taxes, they are vital to the maintenance of our nation and preparation for the future.
“That’s just wrong. After military service, the most patriotic thing you can do as a wealthy person is pay your taxes. Because that keeps the roads paid, the military paid and kids going to school, and he obviously doesn’t understand the concept.
Trump supporters hypocritically praise their nominee for dodging his taxes but demonize the working poor for receiving benefits that keep food on the table while they struggle to make a living by working multiple jobs. Trump and the billionaires of this country get away with dodging billions in tax dollars but have no problem blaming the American people for not contributing their fair share, insulting them for being “takers” while hiding their wealth offshore, keeping it out of the economy, producing nothing and helping nobody but them. It’s that kind of selfish behavior that sent our nation into recession in the first place, and we need more billionaires like Mark Cuban to take a stand against the machinations of their greedy peers.
Cuban expressed similar thoughts in a September op-ed for the Guardian, saying that:
When you make a sh*tload of money, do something positive with it. If you are smart enough to make it, you will be smart enough to know where to put it to work.
…Be patriotic. Go out there and get rich. Get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your second thought will be “what a great problem to have”, and your third should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.
In these times of the “Great Recession”, we shouldn’t be trying to shift the benefits of wealth behind some curtain. We should be celebrating and encouraging people to make as much money as they can. Profits equal tax money. While some people might find it distasteful to pay taxes, I don’t. I find it patriotic.
If the wealthy all paid their fair share, our country would look a lot different, and everyone’s lives would be better as a result.
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