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  •  lgmcp - you raise a very valid point (1+ / 0-)
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    Given the confidential nature of IRS information I wonder if Congress could even require candidates to disclose their tax returns? I am not a lawyer, or constitutional scholar, but it would be a very interesting question to ask those who might know. There may even be a distinction between being a candidate and being elected. I think the disclosure forms currently required by federal elected officials may be as much disclosure as the Congress is willing, or maybe able, to require. It's an interesting issue. I personally come down on the side of making the disclosure of tax returns voluntary for elected officials, but certainly respect the view that more transparency would be helpful to voters.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:41:26 AM PDT

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    •  "Willing" probably plays a strong role (1+ / 0-)
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      the disclosure forms currently required by federal elected officials may be as much disclosure as the Congress is willing, or maybe able, to require.

      since the members of Congress who would have to enact any such requirement ... would be initiating the baring their OWN affairs.  But it would be nice to know if "able" plays a role also.

      The main argument I can see on behalf of the voluntary status you advocate, would be in society's need to attract candidates to public office, and thus not to impose draconian conditions that reasonable persons might be argued to avoid.  

      Though lowly wage slaves such as most of us would have little to care about keeping private.  In other words, it's only those with powerful interests, who have a motivation to keep those interests quiet.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 10:57:02 AM PDT

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