S95: The logic of what you suggest is tempting. Indeed, I for one think that we would be a lot better off if we simply stopped making things worse by subsidizing "questionable behaviors." That said, a genuine question: will the young people who definitely are socially liberal and allegedly are fiscally conservative go for this approach? Or are they so committed to their social liberalism as their highest priority that they will, regardless of what the GOP does, vote for the Democrats as the more socially liberal party?
Sen. Rand Paul's embrace of immigration reform this week shows just how far the GOP has come on this contentious issue since the election. Two years ago, the tea party's favorite senator was one of those Republicans wanting to deny citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. Now, he's considering whether even their parents (and other illegal immigrants "who want to work and stay out of trouble") should become eligible for citizenship at some point. "If they want to become citizens, I'm open to debate as to what we do to move forward," he told reporters after...
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