It Would Be Nice if Someone Sane Could Run for President

President Donald Trump points to supporters as he leaves Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — President Donald Trump wants to “terminate the payroll tax” permanently.

This is not a sane proposal.

Our federal tax code is byzantine, and I don’t blame you if you’re not exactly certain what the term “payroll tax” means for you.

If you get a paycheck, you and your employer are each paying 6.2% of your income to fund Social Security.

Another 1.45% gets paid to Medicare.

People with higher incomes pay an additional 0.9%.

In the last fiscal year, these taxes represented $1.2 trillion in revenues for the feds, or about 36% of all federal revenues.

How could we make that large a tax cut work?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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