Trash-talking about wives, naked photos, a campaign manager arrested for assault, charges of marital infidelity--the Republican presidential campaign face-off between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz has become a circus. No, wait -- that's not fair to circuses, where the action is orderly and designed with precision to entertain children and prompt joyful smiles and gasps of delight and astonishment at the G-rated feats. After all, trapeze artists do not take the low road. The GOP contest is more of a mud-wrestling match in which all observers are dirtied up by the flying dreck. So in the middle of this splatter-fest, let's take a moment to discuss a matter just as exciting as Melania Trump's handcuffs: tax policy.
Okay, perhaps it's not as exciting as that, but it's a wee bit more important.
As Trump and Cruz slug it out for the Republican prize, each aims to distinguish himself from the other. Trump says he's a truth-teller and -- BAM! -- Cruz is "Lyin' Ted." Cruz claims he's a principled and courageous conservative and -- KA-POW! -- Trump is a "sniveling coward" and rank opportunist. But there's not been much notice paid to a topic on which they have much in common. Both have released tax plans that would cut taxes for the well-to-do (be they billionaire real estate developers or investment bank partners) and force the government to slash programs benefiting poor and middle-class Americans.