Why Democrats Won’t Cut the Payroll Tax

Matt Miller writes:

The one tax cut that could have immediately created jobs (and gained bipartisan support — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) proposed a payroll tax cut on Wednesday) has been declared off-limits because it would muddy the Democratic message that Republicans are out to destroy Social Security. Democrats think they need this scare tactic to get their otherwise unmotivated voters to the polls to contain November’s coming damage. And so the lure of demagoguery on Social Security has won out over the prospect of creating jobs.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.