I have come to the belief that everything that Donald Trump does is calculated and pre-planned. I grant this may be giving him way too much credit but it appears to have worked in most of his dealing with his political opponents as well as business dealings.
With that in mind, I offer this observation:
Maybe Donald Trump made the decision to run for the Presidency in 2013 or so but did not announce it until June of 2015. (https://www.cnn.com/2015/06/16/politics/donald-trump-2016-announcement-elections/index.html). Based on his usual pattern of enhancing his position, he decided he would not release his tax returns.
That immediately set off a firestorm over what he had to hide. Now we know that a businessman such as Donald Trump has legions of lawyers and accountants to review, recommend and prepare his taxes. I doubt he would be so dumb as to falsify his taxes situation, but he would play right up to the line in taking every possible deduction. In our society we leave it up to the IRS to determine what is legal, allowable or appropriate in filing one's tax returns. They will usually disallow deductions, write off and other things that they determined is outside the law. If they find something illegal they have the ability to prosecute a filer criminally.
Anyone who has ever been audited knows that there is nuance in the interoperation of the byzantine nuances of the tax law. Even a average middle income tax filer may take deductions that are not illegal but perhaps in the gray area.
Now to the question posed above:
In one tale, Br'er Fox constructs a doll out of a lump of tar and dresses it with some clothes (these clothes were made of cotton). When Br'er Rabbit comes along he addresses the Tar-Baby, but receives no response. Br'er Rabbit becomes offended by what he perceives as the Tar-Baby's lack of respect, punches it, and in doing so becomes stuck. The more Br'er Rabbit punches and kicks the tar "baby" out of rage, the more he gets stuck. When Br'er Fox reveals himself, the helpless but cunning Br'er Rabbit pleads, "please, Br'er Fox, don't fling me in dat brier-patch," prompting Fox to do exactly that. Br'er Rabbit was born in this brier patch, described as "small yet bright". As rabbits are at home in thickets, the resourceful Br'er Rabbit uses the thorns and briers to escape. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%27er_Rabbit
As I said above, 'I grant this may be giving him way too much credit,' but it is obvious to me that his entire life has been one long game of tag and seek. You don't survive in New York real estate or any business without learning how to dodge a few bullets and pot holes which the city is famous for. It may not be pretty or even admirable but it is the 'New York Way,' and perhaps the way of Washington Swamp as well.
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