For one thing, estimated federal taxes for the quarter were just due, and that payment managed to drain a bank account used by It’s Personal.
Indeed, that payment drains that account every quarter.
As one of the kids in the family is fond of saying when she is frustrated with something, “Grrrrrr.”
Back in the last election, it seemed shocking to learn that rich-guy Mitt Romney paid a tax rate of 14 percent. It hurt him in the polls, which was well deserved.
Would that the quarterly taxes here were at that rate.
So skipping ahead to this election, rich-guy Donald Trump seems to be, could be, strongly hinting that he pays no federal taxes at all.
Tell us all about building a wall, Donald, and that might strike some of us as flawed, but don’t pay any taxes, and that hits a big fat nerve that goes from head to toe.
Our local newspaper carried a piece this morning that echoed that thought, “Tax returns appear to sink Trump on TV.”
Trump himself set off a new round of speculation on what taxes he may, or may not, be paying.
Clinton raised the issue of his taxes at this week's debate, suggesting that he may not pay any.
“That makes me smart,” he responded.
It makes the rest of us smart too, in quite a different sense of that word. You know, the definition of “smart” that suggests a sharp, stinging pain.
Joe Biden, who in many quarters is now the candidate we wish had entered the race, echoed that sentiment yesterday.
“It angers me, it angers me,” he was quoted by the NY Times as saying yesterday.
What we know for a fact is that in 1978 and 1979 Trump paid no federal taxes at all, also a sharp, stinging pain.
We really don’t know for sure beyond that, because unlike presidential candidates for decades, he declines to release his tax returns.
Clinton took a few guesses at why that might be, but really, her guess is as good as yours.
The irony of all this is that a guy who is a self-proclaimed billionaire – and who knows the truth of that, absent tax returns? – has a large following of older voters who are less educated and who earn less than typical Republicans.
You’d have to guess that they pay their taxes and don’t have their names plastered over buildings everywhere, and on products like steak and fine wine.
And they most likely don’t have a big jet with their name on the side of it, nor do they have a model for a wife, albeit his third spouse.
But at root, the tax thing resonates more than any of those other things.
You pay yours.
Is it just too smug for him to suggest he doesn’t pay his?