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Albert R. Hunt

Another Election, More Phony Promises on Taxes

Candidates are making commitments they can't keep and may pay the price.
Competing plans.

Competing plans.

Photographer: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Two certainties, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, are death and taxes. Add a third: On taxes, U.S. presidential candidates will promise more than they can deliver. And, if elected, they pay a price.

The overpromising may be more egregious than ever in the 2016 presidential race. Yet taxes were glossed over in the debate of Republican candidates last week.