Congressman Brad Sherman Responds to White House with Deeply Personal Confession
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ comments Sunday morning that no member of the House of Representatives would be “smart enough” to understand President Trump’s tax returns really hit home for me. They compel me to reveal something about myself that I have long concealed for fear I would be judged, shamed and ostracized.
From a very young age, I’ve known I was different. Where other children admired singers and athletes, I found myself stirred by a well-balanced double-entry ledger. When I opened a lemonade stand, not only did I debate whether I should sell cookies, I struggled as to whether it should be operated on a cash or accrual basis. While watching the Oscars, I yawned through the speeches and awards waiting for that sweet, sweet moment when the representatives of Price, Waterhouse appeared. “Someday,” I whispered to myself, “that will be me.”
You see… I’m an accountant.
And not just a regular accountant. I am a Certified Public Accountant.
For too long, stigma has kept us in the shadows. We have denied ourselves what should be the right of every person — to live our truth publicly and proudly.
You probably know an accountant, even if they are not “out.” We are your family, members of your church, parents at your school and, yes, the people who do your taxes.
Who is responsible for Sarah Sanders not knowing that there are accountants in the House? I am. But that ends today.
America, I am Brad Sherman, CPA. The “P” stands for “public,” and that’s what I’m going to be from now on.
Congressman Brad Sherman chairs the bipartisan and bicameral CPA and accountants caucus. He is also the former head of the nation’s second largest tax agency in California.