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The Freest Republican

My latest Bloomberg View column.

Over the span of two days, the Republican nominee for president has proposed new child-care subsidies, new mandatory benefits to be provided by business, the removal of millions of families from the income-tax rolls, and an increase in tax rates on single people making from $112,500 to $190,000 a year. Oh, and he put in a good word for Medicaid too, leaving the impression with many people that he favorsexpanding it.

Trump’s Republican critics say that these announcements prove what they have been saying all along: that he is no conservative. None of the Republicans he beat in the primaries would have pursued these initiatives. But the difference between Trump and other Republicans isn’t just that he has different views. It’s also that he has less fear.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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