Magazine March 8, 2021, Issue

Making Allowances

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Senator Romney’s big idea to help parents

For the first time in years, conservatives are having a big debate that isn’t mostly about Donald Trump.

Mitt Romney, the Republican senator from Utah, set it off when he proposed a sweeping set of changes in federal tax and spending programs to aid parents of minor children. Its fans on the right say it would slash child poverty, strengthen marriage, promote work, and make conservatism more popular. Its opponents say it would undo the success of welfare reform, undermine work and family, and advance the idea of a universal basic income, which most conservatives oppose.

The debate isn’t entirely new. Diff­erences

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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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