May 22, 2019
TO THE EDITOR:
If I was writing the speeches for President Trump, here is what I would encourage him to say:
“In view of the numerous calls for me to disclose my personal, and under the law private, income tax returns I have made a decision. I am willing and hereby commit to releasing the last 10 years of my tax returns only on full and complete satisfaction of the following conditions:
“1) That Congress forthwith pass a bill, which I will immediately sign into law, that requires every member of Congress to first release the last 10 years of their tax returns, and that every member of Congress has actually done so. This law must also remove the right of privacy of those records from legislators who would remove that right from me.
“2) That Congress forthwith pass a bill, which I will immediately sign onto law, that beginning on the date I sign that bill into law every person who has announced or that in the future announces that he or she will run for a seat in the Senate or House, or for the presidency, will be required to do likewise before their names may be listed on any ballot in the next general election. This law must specifically include every person who has already announced as a candidate for any of those offices. This law must apply to every general election following the general election to be held in the year 2020. Incumbent senators and representatives, and the president, shall be exempt from this particular law if they are running for their own seat as they will already have complied with the first one.
“Under the proposition that each of us shall be treated equally the under the law, and since I have not been charged with any crime, it is only fair that those who would require of me an unprecedented disclosure of documents which are private under the law, and their cohorts and those who wish to succeed them, be required to do the same.”