The New York Times published a shocking story about Donald Trump’s legal evasion of federal taxes. Someone leaked portions of Trump’s tax returns to the Times. The paper checked with his accountant who confirmed that the returns were accurate.

His losses were so large on his failed business enterprises that Trump may not have paid federal taxes for 18 years.

He said at the first debate that not paying taxes shows how smart he is. If everyone could do what Trump does, how would the federal government function? Would veterans hospitals close? Would military spending end? Would funding for all federal programs collapse?