Donald Trump wanted to give his political appointees a major gift before leaving office, but instead he ended up sticking them with a massive tax bill that has left his friends feeling angry. The tax cut was a payroll tax cut that was really just a deferment of the payments, but Trump had promised that he would make it permanent. But that all depended on him winning reelection, which didn’t happen. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what happened.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced