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Republicans are embracing many versions of Reaganism

Republicans are embracing many versions of Reaganism

The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn't figured out what it wants to be. GOP candidates still worship the legacy of Ronald Reagan, and cast themselves as Reagan's heirs; there's hardly a GOP stump speech in Iowa or New Hampshire that doesn't invoke the 40th president's name. “Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul noted last year. But there's little consensus among conservatives about what Reaganism means in 2015 beyond the basic principles of small government and lower taxes. When Reagan arrived in the White House 34 years ago, the top federal tax rate was...

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