The Senate tax bill's "seesaw" trap

“High concern” about Corker of Tennessee and Johnson of Wisconsin: They’re simply not on board yet, and they both have a vote in the Budget Committee — a vital procedural step scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today.

If Johnson votes against this, there’s no hiding! Everyone will pile up on him. And there’s no telling what Trump will do.

A problem for McConnell & Co: Johnson and Corker sit on opposite ends of a Catch 22 seesaw: Johnson wants lots more money for “pass-through” businesses. But every extra dollar you give him is another dollar that will blow out the deficit and worry deficit hawks like Corker, Flake and McCain.