Republicans used to talk about reducing the welfare state. I remember when candidate Ronald Reagan in 1980 promised to end the Energy and Education departments. Some Republicans, who themselves have caught the entitlement-spending/social-engineering bug, now propose the creation of a federal department of families.
Indeed many Republicans, who once said they were against the welfare state, now brag they are better at running the welfare state than the Democrats, writes Gregory Bresiger.
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