Russell Roberts writes,

The truth is that payroll taxes fund government spending generally. We ought to eliminate the ruse that payroll taxes fund social security, eliminate the payroll tax and roll it into the income tax. Then we could give the middle class a better tax cut than they get now.

Roberts is not on the Kerry team, but this strikes me as the best advice on tax policy that Kerry is likely to get.

For Discussion. What are the economic and political ramifications of Roberts’ proposal?