What Do You Have to Hide ?- The Most Dangerous Question in America

Lets supposed that you agree, like I do, that 99pct of Americans are honest. We live our lives in a law abiding fashion.  That there is nothing about our lives that is noteworthy or worth hiding from anyone other than maybe the people closest to us.  No one wants everyone close to us to know everything about us. There has to be a little mystery, right ? A little salvation from embarrassment, right ? We have all our own secrets that we like to keep to ourselves. That is just human nature.

And as far as the rest of the world knowing those items, we are blessed by  “security via obscurity” . No one gives a shit about us. They don’t even know we exist. So no one asks us to share those secrets.

But what about our government ? As law abiding citizens who just go to work and live our every day lives, what could we possibly have to hide from our government ?

If as law abiding citizens 99pct of us have nothing to hide, why do we need all the protections from government that our constitution provides ? 

Why not just let the police come in to our homes any time they would like?  What do we have to hide ?

Why not let the government confiscate our phones or computers for a day or two ?  What do we have to hide  ?

Why not let the government monitor what we say or do ? What do we have to hide ?

Why do the innocent need attorney client privilege ? What do you have to hide  ?

Fortunately our constitution at least tries to  protect us from these types of government intrusions in to our lives.  But what about when it comes from others ?

The question is extremely  dangerous when coming from a public official or someone running for an office. It is being asked  for no other reasons than to intimidate and to throw the subject’s privacy out the door and open them up to public scrutiny.

I can’t think of anything worse I want to hear coming from someone that holds a public office or is a current Presidential candidate than “What do you have to hide ” ?

Unless of course its –  “Look I did it, I have nothing to hide. Why don’t you do the same thing ? What do you have to hide” ? That is worse.

So when I hear candidates ask that another make public their tax returns, it scares me.

What’s next ? What if one candidate decided to turn over all their emails ? We have seen Mrs Clinton’s for a period.  Why wouldn’t a candidate who was careful about what they wrote in their emails publish all of theirs and offered the “I did it, why won’t you ? What do you have to hide ? ” to the other candidates ? Or here are my detailed medical records and every medication I take. “What do you have to hide ” ?  Or better yet, here is my search history and every website I have looked at over the last 4 years.   “What do you have to hide ”

What do you mean you deleted them ? What are you a ……… (Fill in the blank any way you want )

It doesn’t matter if producing tax returns has become a “tradition”. It is a poor one that should not be part of the electoral process. The irony of course is that it is coming from candidates who have gone on continuous tirades about their love of and ability to interpret our Constitution.

When I hear Senator Cruz alleging Trump’s possible “mob connections”  being reveled by his tax returns, it scares me. A lot

It should scare you as well.  When the people running for the most important office in the world start trying to intimidate other candidates with “What do you have to hide”, the electoral process takes a significant hit. 

Will future candidates be dissuaded from running because they don’t want people to know how little they donated to charity ? Or will they be embarrassed by making too much or too little ? Or maybe it’s something else that is disclosed that none of us expected and might be considered embarrassing , but is completely reasonable ?

And if the question comes from a candidate that ends up becoming President, how can we trust they won’t use the same phrase again to intimidate one of us ? Or a future opposition candidate ?

So my suggestion to Donald Trump is to not be intimidated. Stand up for all of us and every future Presidential candidate and not provide your tax returns . You get audited every year like I do. If there is anything wrong it was the job of the IRS to find it, not the other candidates, the media or any of us.

And finally.  I have no idea if my tax returns are more or less complicated than Donald Trump’s.  I truly don’t know what is on my tax returns.  The people that work for me know and understand that I don’t like to pay taxes, but I’m not against it either. I truly believe that its patriotic to pay taxes.  So I tell them to be very conservative in making choices. But what I do hate is how much of that money is wasted on bureaucratic overhead.  But that is a blog post for another day.

For me, the days before my taxes are due go something like this: all my tax returns from what seems like all 50 states and all the federal forms are lined up around a long , long, long dining room table in my house. The signature pages are tabbed. Then I spend the better part of 45 minutes signing them till my hand cramps.

Do I read any of them ? Not a one.  I have to trust the big tax accounting firm I hire to get it right.

I have absolutely nothing to hide,  and if I ever run for President you will have to take my word for it and I hope every candidate for office says the exact same thing.

Read my words: My taxes are none of your business.

 

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  3. You are correct. I could care less about your taxes insofar the details of what’s in your 1040 go. What I do care about is if you honor your word (promises and expectations) as yourself – meaning, the degree to which you live up to your agreements. This includes not only agreements to your customers, partners in business, etc, but also agreements with your wife, and ultimately with God. It’s not your taxes I want to know – it’s your character. Your tax returns, among many other things, are a reflection of that character regardless of the detail to which they are revealed (to your point).

    The impact of me knowing your tax details is absolutely zero. The impact of me knowing whether you can honor your word and more importantly admit when you do not honor it and clean up the mess you leave behind – in ANY aspect of your life – is of infinite importance to me. I don’t expect perfection from you, or Donald, or Hillary or Bernie or whomever – but I do expect that you honor your word and to stand transparent to all, whether it is good…bad…or ugly, so help you God.

    Either be that, or you have no business running for office. Or being human.

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  4. Another example of what do you have to hide. Hillary Clinton being harassed by Bernie Sanders about revealing the transcript of what she says when she is paid to give a speech on Wall Street. But on the other hand, when Bernie Sanders shows credit card debt that would be equivalent to paying 10,000 dollars a year in interest rate charges to a credit card company, a red flag goes up for me because if he had no credit card debt he could take that same 10,000 dollars a year he is paying to the credit card companies in interest rate charges and instead give it to 50 non profits at 19 dollars a month, and it would not cost him one penny to do so. Why does this matter? Because if he is going to spend taxpayer money providing free college and health care for all, I’d like to see him start at home by not giving money to the credit card companies he could be giving to non profits.

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  5. Mark, if you ran for president, I’d DEFINITELY vote for ya’! hell!, I’d even promote for ya! I admire those that tell it like it is and are not afraid to speak their mind and that’s why trump is leading at this point. and i agree with what you consider to be the most dangerous question in America as well as many points raised by other comments above. I’d like to add mu opinion in that maybe the reason you are audited so often is because you ( and other Billionaires ) have more currency than the government has and THEY want a piece of it – or all of it – if they possibly can get their greedy little hands on it. Keep fighting and speaking out Mark. we need more leaders…more PEOPLE like you! Mark Cuban for President!

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  7. “Lets supposed that you agree, like I do, that 99pct of Americans are honest. ”

    Well, as 1% of Americans are in Jail, and fewer than 50% 0f crimes such as murder are resolved, that would seem to be a leap of faith.

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  8. Geez Mark, you get audited every year? What a drag. I guess they figure if you have more money than the average person, that they can find some little anomaly in your taxes and take money from you. What scumbags.

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  11. Hello Mr. Cuban, Are you seriously considering running for president one day? It seems as if anyone who knows of you is picking up on your presidential interest. You are a little more vocal than usual about political affairs. A great aspiration indeed. You will be great in the eyes of the people if you have the courage to stand and fight for what is right for all the people (for God lives in all the people) or you will fail and be left poorer if prestige alone is all you seek. I have watched you on television like so many others and I must say, what impressed me the most about you (besides your wearing of colorful socks) was the amount of times you defended or help fund the underdog. You can tell a tree by the fruit it bears. If you ever run for president please don’t change. The masses need a hero.

    P.S. By the way who would you select as your vice President? If you selected Oprah Winfrey, your fate would be sealed. (Smile), She’s a woman and she is a minority, that is more than half the population. You can hire someone to show you how to run the government, just as Trump plans to do.

    Naomi E.

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  12. I’m with you on the ‘what do you have to hide?’ question.

    However, when someone runs for President of the United States, their financial holdings and dealings are an important disclosure. Health is an important disclosure as well.

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  14. Mr Cuban. First, I would love if you ran for President. You have passion, character, and a love for people. That’s really all we need as a President, and you would be a great one. Listen, on the subject of taxes, it’s a bit of a slippery slope as you put it. Those candidates that publish their’s are probably more “proud” than anything else, which is not a good quality I want from a future President. There certainly are concerns over Trump’s businesses, and that’s probably why the IRS flags him for an audit year after year. He’s definitely one to try and cut corners if he can VERSUS you being just super conservative and cautious. That’s the main point here….he could easily publish a summary and everyone would be just fine with that. But, he just portrays himself as an egomaniac and there might be some justification to that….and we need ways of confirming those thoughts as voters. It’s just another piece to the puzzle. He doesn’t have to do anything, and I doubt he will. But, he should at least address the subject instead of saying everyone is out to get him all the time. That’s bologna, and you, I and everyone else know it. Thanks for your thoughts again!

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  15. Sorry Mark, but unfortunately, your intelligence is not in any way related to your bank account as much as you might protest. When someone is running for the highest political office in the Land, and asking ME to put my trust in HIM to exercise a large degree of control over MY livelihood (and that of everyone I care about), then YES, I have a right to know EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM. I have a right to know what he eats for breakfast and what hand he uses to eat it with.

    Do you invest in companies that hide their balance sheets, statement of cash flows, and income statement? I’m not investing in a President without getting EVERY QUESTION answered–and yes, that includes his PERSONAL FINANCES. Case Closed. You lose.

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  16. You see how he has the same mentality as Trump? They both want to change the rules for their benefit. Every politician has had to do it. But see? The rules don’t apply to them. They both NEED attention. They’ll do ANYTHING for attention. It’s never enough attention. Cuban will follow anything his ridiculous clown reality show buddy Trump does. They force their way into the spotlight daily. They will starve without attention. Keep following them and giving them power over you. While they laugh at you and spit in your face and make a mockery of our country.

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  19. I love how this man tells it like it is. He has the bravery of Donald Trump without all the regretful commentary and manages to get his point across without insulting the entire world. We need more political outsiders in Washington, but not one that goes around calling everybody a moron (ahem Trump). I wonder if Mr. Cuban reads the comments. Doubtful.

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  20. Dear Mark, you are so right, your taxes or anyone’s taxes are nobodies business !! but I wished I would be better off, I am disabled and have to depend on my fixed social security income !!

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  21. This is a small part of the bigger problem. I agree, my taxes are my business and I trust the IRS to regulate everyone’s taxes. The whole “What do you have to hide…?” is too easy a weapon to discredit any candidate in some regard. It seems that 99% of what the candidates say is dedicated to discrediting other candidates vs. crediting themselves. It makes it hard to formulate a tangible reason to vote for a particular candidate. Lately, I find myself voting for the “lesser evil”, which is not the way our forefathers imagined the presidential elections to be. The more you learn about any candidate, the greater the chance that you find something that you won’t like about them. 99% of that, more than likely, has nothing to do with thier ability to run a country and make us prosperous. I really dislike… not what Trump says, but the way he says things… but he’s the first candidate in a long while that has the business chops to back up his claims to “make America profitable…” Perhaps they should treat the Presidential election… or any election for government office, like they would a business deal. Put out an RFP… have a deadline, and then make the candidates submit proposals with SOWs, Budgets, and a business plan from soup to nuts! Make them public and then we could vote for someone based on what they say they are going to do and a belief in their ability to get it done. I wish politics were as simple as business (yeah, I know its not that simple, but its way less convoluted as politics!).

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  22. If you make claims you are a person of integrity, and your record (Donald Trump’s or anyone else’s) shows otherwise, then there is cause for concern. If you are in a position of authority over me (as President of the United States), your character is critically important. That position holds an enormous responsibility as an example for the families of our nation, and for the entire world. Your past actions need to back up your words. Please read this short Commentary: http://www.daily-bible-verse.net/1John3-18.html

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  23. Is this not at odds with your position on Apple? We need protection from government intrusion into our lives. One you open a door, thinking that you can control how far it is opened or when it gets opened, is an exercise in futility. In our digital age privacy concerns are becoming priceless whether it is the release of private documents, i.e. tax records, or being able to view our private phones. IMHO no difference from your point about police being able to come into your house whenever they want to,, etc.

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  24. I agree with Mark but Nintendoughnut makes excellent points as well, this issue definitely doesn’t have an easy answer.

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  25. Hasn’t Trump done exactly this with Obama’s birth certificate?

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  28. Mrs Clinton is different…. All official emails of all federally elected people belong to the citizens……she was storing top secret documents in an illegal manner. Top secret documents including super secret lists were stored in an unlocked and unprotected manner while she was taking hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign contributors to the Clinton Foundation……. you don’t see anything wrong with that?

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  29. Fantastic. Thank you.

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  30. Hey Mark, I agree with the basic premise of your comments, however in the case of D. Trump, he is using his success and the wealth it has created for him as proof of his qualification for President. Just as every kid on the school yard knows, when someone starts to brag incessantly about something, sooner or later someone else
    yells “Prove it!”

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  31. Sounds like a good reason for Tax Simplification and elimination of the IRS. Also, YOU CANNOT TRUST UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS. Once they get drunk on power and disregard the limits to their authority, we are all sitting ducks.

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  32. I am with you all the way MarK! It’s refreshing to see Trump making the noise we have all been thinking. It may not always be pretty but it real, raw, and honest. I for one am looking for a leader who can make better choices with our tax dollars. I don’t like to pay them either but agree it is the patriotic thing to do. I would mind even less if the money was not wasted.

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  33. Hello,My name is Dan Lonkevich and I’m the editor and publisher of The Patent Investor, a weekly newsletter on the business of investing in intellectual property.I’m working on a story about the concept of investing patents in startup companies. It’s something that Dominion Harbor Group and WiLAN are doing together.The two companies are partnering to invest about 100 of WiLAN’s patent in startups identified by Dominion’s Monument Bank of Intellectual Property. The story below will provide some background.At first blush it seems pretty creative.Patent licensing companies are increasingly finding it hard to get anyone to take a license. They have been painted as privateers and/or patent trolls by big technology companies  and a pox on innovation. Legislative changes including the America Invents Act have made it easier to challenge weak patents and as a result patent licensing businesses have suffered greatly. In addition, patent values also have plummeted because of the same changes.I’m wondering if patent licensing companies want to use startups to do some “reverse privateering,” ie invest their patents in a startup with a real operating business and use it as a vehicle to bring enforcement actions that could avoid the privateer and troll labels.Dominion and WiLAN say they are trying to connect important patents with promising startups and help their businesses develop in return for equity.But why would a startup and its VC backers gives up equity for patents when they could just buy the patents outright?The more I think about it the more it makes me wonder whether something else is going on.As I said patents don’t have much value from an enforcement perspective these days because of the AIA and lots of Supreme Court rulings. But I’m not sure a lot of startups, VCs and other institutional investors understand that. You see it all the time on the show Sharktank with smart people asking whether companies have patents because of the outdated thinking that patents are valuable.To be sure, investing patents in startups may make it easier for them to raise money. I wonder though if startups, VCs and institutional investors are being sold a bill of goods.I’d love to hear Mark Cuban’s take on this.  I’m writing for next week and my deadline is Friday at noon Pacific time.  I’m sure I wouldn’t need more than 15 minutes of his time. Please let me know when he might be available. Thanks.Best regards,Dan LonkevichEditor & PublisherThe Patent Investorwww.thepatentinvestor.com707 318-7899Dominion sees patent investing business that is partnering with WiLAN reaching 50 to 100 startups by year-endPOSTED BY Dan LonkevichPOSTED ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2016Dominion Harbor Group co-founder, Chairman and CEO David Pridham said the partnership it formed with WiLAN Inc. (WILN) to invest WiLAN patents in startups could eventually be part of a business that accounts for about 40% of the intellectual property advisory firm’s revenue.Pridham said in an interview that the idea of investing patents in startups came out of its “best deal in the first year” from a revenue perspective. Pridham, Dominion co-founder and President Matt DelGiorno, and Brad Sheafe, who is Dominion’s chief intellectual property officer, had been working at Erich Spangenberg’s IP Navigation Group when in 2013 they decided to spinoff part of IPNav’s licensing business and combine it with an IP advisory business.“Our best deal in the first year was not a traditional licensing deal,” Pridham said. “A company we started discussions with on behalf of a startup ended up making an acquisition.”While Pridham declined to identify either the startup or the acquirer, he said the deal became the impetus for Dominion to create the Monument Bank of Intellectual Property, which invests patents in promising startups.In July, Dominion signed an agreement with Los Angeles-based Agra Capital Partners to integrate Dominion’s intellectual property advisory, licensing, and patent placement services with Agra Capital’s traditional capital funding and financial advisory offerings.Under the terms of the agreement, Dominion will collaborate with Agra Capital to provide clients with assistance in building and monetizing their IP portfolios — including via the acquisition of valuable third-party patents through the Bank.Dominion will offer IP optimization services to Agra Capital’s clients on success-based terms — meaning that if the client does not see a return in the form of licensing proceeds or a successful liquidity event such as an IPO, neither Dominion nor Agra Capital gets paid.Following this deal with Agra, Dominion has developed similar relationships with a number of other successful investment groups, such as Serra Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technologies in the Mid-West.On its website, the Bank says it “offers a reasonable return on a company’s IP as well as participation in the upside of an operating company as an attractive alternative to more traditional monetization efforts, such as licensing campaigns. For certain large corporations, the Bank’s advantages are even more apparent, offering an opportunity for significant return by repurposing underutilized assets while avoiding the ‘privateering’ label often associated with licensing campaigns and ‘patent wars’ with competitors.”The privateering label has clearly hurt the business of WiLAN and other patent monetization companies, who have been facing a steady stream of anti-patent troll rhetoric that has been successfully used to lobby for legislation to combat the “patent troll problem”. The America Invents Act of 2011 has given alleged infringers tools for quickly and inexpensively invalidating patents through the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and inter partes review process. This also has coincided with the growing trend of alleged infringers refusing to take a license and instead fighting enforcement claims to the end.For startups, Dominion says the Bank “offers a ready source of IP that is strategically aligned and professionally matched with the company’s business.”Pridham said the deal with WiLAN provides access to patents that have been validated not just by a respected licensing company but also by Dominion’s highly experienced team.While Pridham, DelGiorno and Sheafe all actively manage the Bank and its activities, it’s Sheafe who “curates” the day to day operations.Currently about 70% of Dominion’s revenue comes from its advisory and licensing business and about 30% from the Bank. “The Bank is growing. We’ve done quite a few deals. We’ve been bringing patents in on the depositor side.”In the near future, he said thanks to the partnership with WiLAN and other depositors the Bank’s share of Dominion revenue will increase to about 40% of revenue. IP services would account for 20% and patent licensing and advisory services would provide the balance of revenue.“We’re talking with large companies about accessing their portfolios. All of that’s in play. This year we anticipate other deals with depositors. We’ll invest patents with 50 to 100 startups by year-end.”Pridham said the bank has been working with incubators and venture funds including Tech Wildcatters, a Dallas-based micro-fund that invests money and resources in startups.Tech Wildcatters is run by CEO Gabriella Draney Zielke. Zielke couldn’t be reached for comment.When Dominion invests patents in startups it prefers to take equity, though it has been paid in cash.Pridham declined to comment on the terms of the deal with WiLAN such as the ownership stake each company will have in the partnership, the number and types of patents, whether the patents were acquired by WiLAN from Qimonda or Freescale Semiconductor and how the profits from the partnership will be shared.The profit-sharing may be complicated by whether WiLAN acquired the patents outright or through an arrangement that involved profit sharing of recoveries.Representatives of WiLAN also declined to comment on the terms of the deal.Pridham said Dominion is agnostic when it comes to the type of startups in which it is seeking to invest. It has invested patents in clean energy, smart energy, wearable health monitoring and mobile payment technology among other technologies. It also has invested patents in medical device and oil and gas startups.“We think patents are valuable assets and especially so to startups,” he said. “It’s a great way to show the value of patents and a great way to expand our business and share in the upside of startups.”—To reach the reporter responsible for this story, please contact Dan Lonkevich at 707 318-7899 or at dan@thepatentinvestor.com

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  34. I’m a big fan Mark. I’m an entrepreneur myself. My name is Cory Clyne, remember that name.

    I would love some advice anything you have to say is fine.

    Take it easy, Cory Clyne

    On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 8:31 PM, blog maverick wrote:

    > CyberDust ID – Blogmaverick posted: “Lets supposed that you agree, like I > do, that 99pct of Americans are honest. We live our lives in a law abiding > fashion. That there is nothing about our lives that is noteworthy or worth > hiding from anyone other than maybe the people closest to us. No o” >

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  35. This all sounds great… in theory. The only problem is, the government can and will get into the public’s email or phone records if they want to. They can track almost all the actions of an individual. They can, and do, run extensive background checks on private citizens all the time, without ever notifying them.

    They certainly know all about our taxes. Setting a precedent that the people running for the top office in the land not reveal data to the public goes against the very idea of a representative government. Now you could argue that the majority wouldn’t understand the tax records, but that’s another subject.

    Very clever to frame it as protecting individuals from the government, when what it really amounts to is protecting the people who will eventually lead the government from the scrutiny of the public eye. Kudos for that, you are indeed quite the salesman.

    The government and the people in it should be transparent with the people they (claim to) speak for. We are supposed to just accept that candidates’ documents be withheld and take it on good faith that everything they say is true? Again, that’d be fantastic, in an ideal world, one where politicians never lie.

    This man’s entire platform seems to consist of “I know how to make America great again (whatever that means) because I know how to make money” but the American people shouldn’t be able to examine how he actually handles his money? When you run for president, everything is up for review, everything.

    The candidates are interviewing for a job, and we are the ones deciding if they get hired or not. Did you do any research on that accounting firm? Would you honestly applaud a potential employee who refused to submit to background checks? Do you tell your players not to submit to the NBA’s drug testing policy?

    So yeah, let’s allow the government to hide their information from the public, whilst the public’s information can be easily obtained by the government. Sounds like a fair and balanced way to defend the rights of the people. Protect the politicians from the government and let the rights trickle down I suppose.

    Make no mistake, our government is run by lobbyists and corporate interests. So to do my patriotic duty and make an informed decision on election day, I absolutely require hard facts about whether and which connections to these entities a candidate has. Refuse to share anything resembling that at your own risk.

    Oh, and if you truly believe 99% of Americans are honest, then why is it that about 3% of the adult population under correctional supervision (prison/probation/parole) right now? That math doesn’t quite work out, unless of course the government is cooking the books somehow.

    How then, do we police the police in a country where no one has to reveal uncomfortable numbers like that any longer? And since when are the people in charge not open to public scrutiny? The last I checked we are still nominally a democracy.

    But maybe you are right, maybe we just need to admit to ourselves that we are a corporate oligarchy. That the opiate of the masses is “reality television” and Twitter fights between these same vapid celebrity personae. In that case who better to be the poster-child/figurehead? Maybe its exactly what we deserve…

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  36. Hell yeah man! We need you to run, you have to. Our future depends on entrepreneurs and strong leaders like you who understand where this economy and society is heading and how important it is we stay on top of the world. We are about to elect Trump, for christ’s sake – you will walk into office. Don’t let them fuck with our Constitution and please abolish the IRS, this shit is getting old. Sick of paying millions in taxes and god forbid my accountant gets something wrong and they find it 3 years later with a 20k fine and tell me pay up or fight it and let the interest keep piling on. They are the only people to fear and they are crushing small businesses and entrepreneurs more than ever and we need you guys get the gov out of the way and our pockets so we can continue to innovate and create more jobs.

    On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 10:31 PM, blog maverick wrote:

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  37. As it is, the government is scary. Privacy is a serious subject that I am deeply concerned about. Mark I have no burning desire to see your tax returns and neither should the government. Trump should stand his ground as should Apple. I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

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  38. I agree with most of what you say, Mark, but you are dead wrong on this one. The man is running to be President of the United States and nobody is forcing him to do so. This is what comes with the job. Accept it or don’t run. Pretty simple.

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  39. Mark I love it I dint know that it is not a requirement to show your taxes.

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  40. I do not support Trump, but then I don’t support Cruz or Rubio either. I do however agree with you that this exercise of “Show me your ____________” fill in the blank, is insane. The only thing Presidential candidates should have to show/explain to the American people is their list of accomplishments, and how they achieved them and their plans for the future and how they plan to achieve them. The debates, the speeches and the TV interviews are simply sound bites, continuously repeating the same rhetoric and not providing the American people with any real substance to base their decisions.

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  41. “It should scare you as well. When the people running for the most important office in the world start trying to intimidate other candidates with “What do you have to hide”, the electoral process takes a significant hit.”

    Many, many of them probably do have skeletons in the closet. But that’s neither here nor now.
    But to an extent, don’t you think a deep financial analysis of candidates should be part of the overall picture of an electoral vote?

    Look at Bernie, for example. Six-figure+ salary for nearly a decade as a senator, and doesn’t even have a net worth of $500k to his name.

    Is that the guy we should trust to get us out of a 19 trillion dollar debt?

    I have a lot of respect for Trump as he’s at least speaking the truth, and we know he’s not a talking head for someone behind the scenes.

    Comment by ThisIsTrouble[Kyle] (@TruthfulTrouble) -

  42. Mark.

    Also, I would love the privilege and opportunity to speak ,possibly meet w/ you. I’m partner in nyc based JV firm where we buy into company’s mainly projects such as real estate. Minerals etc. we take nice share of the cut. If your at all interested. I’d welcome you to join us as a possible investor? Kindly contact me at your convenience

    Matthew Picone (Managing Partner.) (A Privately Funded Equity Firm) GFG Group LLC. C: 845-636-8482 O: 212-804-5755 F: 212-943-2300 E:gfgllcfund@gmail.com/ * Direct Affiliate,of *NYC Private Equity Firm *High Rises LLC.* 30 Wall St.8FL: NY NY 10005 E: highrisesllc.com

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:

    This is an unofficial response to your request for information and/or a private, proprietary and confidential communication and is for information purposes only. This is not intended to be, and must not be construed to be in any form or manner a solicitation of investment funds or a securities offering. This e-mail is confidential and is legally privileged. Nothing in this message should be interpreted as a digital or electronic signature that can be used to authenticate a contract or other legal document. This electronic communication and any files included in the communication may contain confidential information that is for the intended recipient only. If you are the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of any of the information contained in, or attached to, this transmission is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you have received this in error, please immediately notify us by return e-mail, fax and/or telephone and destroy this E-Mail.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: DISCLAIMER*: sender is NOT a United States Securities Dealer nor Broker nor U. S. Investment Adviser, Global Funding Group LLC. and its employees are Mortgage Brokers/Consultants/JV Partner/s, service providers and makes no warranties or representations as to the Buyer, Seller, Business entity or Transaction. All due diligence is the responsibility of the Business seeking funding. This E-mail letter and the attached related documents are never to be considered a solicitation for any purpose in any form or content. Upon receipt of these documents, the Recipient hereby acknowledges this Disclaimer. If acknowledgment is not accepted, Recipient must return any and all documents in their original receipted condition to Sender. This electronic communication is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, Codified at 18 U.S.C 1367,2510-2521, 2701-2710, 3121-3126.

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  43. Mark I tried to respond from your blog but for some reason I coudnt log inn to reply? So here’s my post below .hope you get it;

    MARK…. YOU THE BEST IM BIG HUGE FAN… AND LIKE YOU IM INDEPENDENT…. AND I AGREE W/ YOU 1000% on tax issue F… that period …, there’s absolutely No NEED for candidates yo reveal there business. And am DEFF fan D TRUMP. the A-hole Rubio is freakn robo-dialer … What a lying sissy . He LOST the minute he tried to be Donald trump.

    Btw: I would DEFF support you if u ran . Ciao bother Matt p.

    Matthew Picone (Managing Partner.) (A Privately Funded Equity Firm) GFG Group LLC. C: 845-636-8482 O: 212-804-5755 F: 212-943-2300 E:gfgllcfund@gmail.com/ * Direct Affiliate,of *NYC Private Equity Firm *High Rises LLC.* 30 Wall St.8FL: NY NY 10005 E: highrisesllc.com

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:

    This is an unofficial response to your request for information and/or a private, proprietary and confidential communication and is for information purposes only. This is not intended to be, and must not be construed to be in any form or manner a solicitation of investment funds or a securities offering. This e-mail is confidential and is legally privileged. Nothing in this message should be interpreted as a digital or electronic signature that can be used to authenticate a contract or other legal document. This electronic communication and any files included in the communication may contain confidential information that is for the intended recipient only. If you are the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of any of the information contained in, or attached to, this transmission is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you have received this in error, please immediately notify us by return e-mail, fax and/or telephone and destroy this E-Mail.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: DISCLAIMER*: sender is NOT a United States Securities Dealer nor Broker nor U. S. Investment Adviser, Global Funding Group LLC. and its employees are Mortgage Brokers/Consultants/JV Partner/s, service providers and makes no warranties or representations as to the Buyer, Seller, Business entity or Transaction. All due diligence is the responsibility of the Business seeking funding. This E-mail letter and the attached related documents are never to be considered a solicitation for any purpose in any form or content. Upon receipt of these documents, the Recipient hereby acknowledges this Disclaimer. If acknowledgment is not accepted, Recipient must return any and all documents in their original receipted condition to Sender. This electronic communication is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, Codified at 18 U.S.C 1367,2510-2521, 2701-2710, 3121-3126.

    Also see: http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/glbact/glbsub1.htm Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 15 USC, Subchapter1, Sec. 6801-6809.

    DISCLAIMER**:

    Be advised that this email and or its attachments are not an offer nor a commitment to lend money.

    NO commitment has been offered, granted, extended or agreed to by Global Funding Group LLC. or its

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  44. Do you endorse Trump overall?

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  45. New tax codes gets added every year due to ineffective law makers and ineffective bills. Donald trump has bankrupted his company while becoming rich personally and bragging about being rich all the time in Media. I think he need make his taxes public. He cant have it both ways. For other candidates I agree there is no need to make any kind of disclosure. Last election Ron Paul openly claimed that will not make it public and nobody seem to have any problem. Problem is when you brag about being rich and your tax papers say different story.

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  46. I would not trust a candidate from the party of Ronald Reagan as he reported on his fellow actors to FBI about there political views.

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  47. “Will future candidates be dissuaded from running…” I assume that’s already happening. The process of running for president is so dehumanizing and degrading that I’m sure the best don’t run. I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton but I completely supported his decision not to release his medical records. He never did and good for him!

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  48. Spot on Mark! – Shawn G.

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  49. I agree completely. It’s obvious also that the entire electoral process is a mess and what’s happening right now is not good for the candidates or our country as a whole. Thank You for writing this and sharing it with us.

    Comment by Jacovia Cartwright (@JacoviaTweets) -

  50. When* you run for president. Anyone who watches Shark Tank knows you too well, and knows you will.

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  51. I think it is our responsibility to ensure that the person or people representing my integrity is honest so it is my duty to do due diligence in determining that person’s credentials of honesty. Would you hire someone if they “told” you their drug screen was negative?

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