A Mortal Threat

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested last night for driving while drunk. Jones blames it on Japanese sake.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is backing legislation to keep himself in power for the next 16 years. How generous of him.

Finally, Trump didn't just call for a payroll tax cut during today's meeting with Senate Republicans. He called for eliminating payroll taxes altogether.

President Donald Trump, in a meeting with Republican lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill, pitched a 0% payroll tax rate for employers and employees that would last through the rest of this year, a White House official told CNBC.

There was also discussion of making the payroll tax rollback permanent, said the official, who declined to be named. Payroll taxes are used to fund Medicare and Social Security. When asked about the potential cost of a payroll tax cut, the official pushed back and asked why there is always a focus on the cost of tax cuts.

This is pure insanity. The programs we need the most during a time like this would be effectively defunded.

I doubt even congressional Republicans would sign on to creating big holes in the budgets of Medicare and Social Security right before the election.