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Should politicians be required to reveal their finances?
Politicians should be required to reveal their finances to the public.
Access to politicians' financial information could reveal if they act morally or not (even if their finances are all legal).
Requiring financial transparency from politicians makes it more difficult for criminals to prosper in politics.
Forcing politicians to reveal their finances will decrease the number of people who get into politics in order to make money.
Access to financial records will give voters meaningful information on how well they handle their own money before giving them access to public funds.
Knowing their finances are subject to public examination may prevent elected officials from accepting bribes
Making the finances of politicians available is a first step towards opening up the 'taboo' conversation of wealth in other sectors.
Being a public servant doesn't mean you should lose all rights to privacy. They are public servants, not public slaves. Financial transparency to one extreme is just as bad as the other extreme, no financial transparency.
This is impractical because there are too many corrupt politicians who would never reveal their finances.
Access to financial information can potentially allow for the discovery of deeply private information.
Financial information is complicated enough that it might be used to suggest inappropriate behavior even when there is none.
This could reward those running for office who are financially savvy enough to manipulate what their finances reveal, i.e. reward people for bad behavior.
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