It is usually challenging to do a thorough analysis of a presidential candidate's proposed policies because they often leave out critical details, particularly with regard to cost.

With Donald Trump, however, a candidate who frequently changes his stated positions on major issues and rarely bothers to engage in policy details, anticipating the economic or fiscal effect of his presidency is practically impossible.

"There is no equivalency," writes Philip Moeller, a social security expert, in a recent column for "Clinton has presented many specific proposals. Trump has not."

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