The moderators (and Jeb Bush) are right. Nonpartisan analyses of the Trump tax plan have come to the same conclusion: it won’t come close to revenue neutral, meaning it would add to the deficit. The Tax Foundation, which examines all major candidates’ tax plans and which was quoted by Jeb on stage, was especially critical of Trump’s policies, which it says could actually cut revenues by $10 trillion. One analyst said he couldn’t see neutral revenue achieved “under any scenario remotely resembling Mr. Trump’s plan.”
So, what’s the difference between Trump’s plan and his opponents’? In classic Trump style, it’s bigger, with much larger tax cuts across the board. But it doesn’t make up for that with spending cuts or assured economic growth.