Is The Gop Out Front On Social Reform?

In Washington, Republicans are finding a hundred ways to say "no" to activist government. But in Massachusetts, it's a different story. GOP Governor William F. Weld is touting social reforms that stress deregulation, privatization, and cost controls. And his tack, which promotes less-but-better government, plays well with voters. "A self-professed libertarian is the most popular politician in the most Democratic state in the country," moans James S. Braude, executive director of the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts and a Weld critic.

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