Scoot: President Trump’s lack of transparency is supported by political bias

May 08, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Is the demand for transparency based on politics?

A scathing investigative report published in the New York Times shows that Donald Trump is not the man he claims to be. The report revealed that Trump suffered losses of $1.7 billion; and for many years when he appeared to be a successful real estate mogul, he was actually losing money.

When Donald Trump published “The Art of the Deal” in 1987 and perceived as a financial genius and dealmaker, he was losing money. During several years, Trump appears to have lost more money than almost every other individual taxpayer in America.

The New York Times report shows that Trump’s annual income was much more modest than he projected, but in 1989 his income skyrocketed to $52.9 million with the source of that income unknown.

Since President Trump has successfully painted the media as the “enemy of the people,” many will dismiss the report in the New York Times as “fake news.” But is it? It is convenient to believe only the things we want to believe and reject anything that does not confirm our biases, but that can lead to the rejection of negative information that is actually based on facts.

Since Richard Nixon, every president has released his income tax returns as an act of transparency – every president except President Trump. Trump continues to vigorously fight all efforts to release his tax returns. Why? Could he be hiding something? It’s fair to say that President Trump has not been fully transparent. But does that matter?

As she celebrated one year in office, New Orleans Mayor Cantrell is insisting that her administration is transparent. In an interview with Eric Paulson of WWL-TV, Mayor Cantrell insisted that she has been fully transparent.

In question are two specific events that make it appear that the Mayor has not been transparent. Mayor Cantrell recently ordered the lowering of the acceptable speed motorists were allowed to drive before a ticket was generated in a school zone. Cantrell was advised, but refused, to alert the public that the change was being made leading to intense speculation that she was treating the change in policy as a money grab.

When asked about her refusal to alert the public about a change in city policy, Cantrell said, “I don’t think that I should have to warn you not to break the law.” That sounds reasonable, but the fact is the City of New Orleans was openly allowing motorists to break the law by allowing them to drive over the posted speed limit before issuing tickets. If Mayor Cantrell was sincere about her claim of being transparent, she would have alerted the public to the City’s change of policy.

Mayor Cantrell has also been criticized for failing to announce a junket to Cuba until the trip was already underway. Why the secrecy? Why not announce your plans to go to Cuba in search of improving business relations between Cuba and New Orleans? Mayor Cantrell said, “It wasn’t ‘oh Scoot: President Trump’s lack of transparency is supported by political biasoh’ like a thief in the night. It was something that had been planned and creating a delegation that would go and visit.” Failing to announce the trip in advance demonstrates disrespect for transparency.

It is likely that many people who are demanding transparency from Mayor Cantrell are not demanding transparency from President Trump.

If transparency is not demanded in the case of President Trump, then the demand for transparency in the case of Mayor Cantrell is the height of political hypocrisy. And those who are most hypocritical seem incapable of recognizing their flaw.

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