It should come as no surprise that the lure of great wealth has significant power to corrupt, and that The people require the ability to be assured that our most powerful political leaders are bast insulated from that risk. In a time when virtually all presidential candidates are persons of substantial wealth, it is reasonable that the people be given the means to understand how they came into their wealth, and whether the sources of their wealth expose them to the risk of corruption or undue influence, particularly by other nations seeking to weaken our government. In the United States, the most reliable source of truth about the financial status of our candidates and elected officials is their tax returns. Until the 45th president, candidates for and winners of this office have voluntarily released their tax returns. Thus, there has been no need for a law requiring it. However, the current occupant of the White House sees it differently, and has refused. Given that there is evidence that this president has significant ties to belligerent foreign powers, the time has come to make it the law, Rather than relying on precedence to result in the voluntary cooperation of the holder of our highest office.