April 7, 1982

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Occasionally, the argument for a tuition tax credit is presented in terms of high-minded altruism, as if it were designed primarily to get little ghetto children into the prestigious preparatory schools or to revolutionize somehow elementary and secondary education through a little competition.
Supporters of tuition tax credits generally share several assumptions about the state of the world. In fact, their support for such proposals seems predicated more on acts of ideological faith than on any evaluation of the risks and potential benefits of tax credits themselves. These risks are not insignificant, especially if you do not share the rosy assumptions of the tax-credit supporters.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan ran on a platform that tried to assure American women that although the Republican party no longer supported a constitutional amendment guaranteeing them equal rights, the G.O.P.--and he--were still committed to equality for women.
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