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Since President Bill Clinton proclaimed the demise of big government in a State of the Union address, the federal government "spends more, regulates us more, and reaches far more into our daily lives than it did before the Republican Revolution." This is the thesis of Tanner (director, health & welfare studies, Cato Inst.; Social Security and Its Discontents), who argues that the Republican Party, "supposedly the party of smaller government" and until recently in power for over a decade, in fact succumbed to the many temptations and opportunities to govern actively. Tanner is especially good on the roots of big-government conservatism, an analysis based upon his categorizations of neoconservatives, national-greatness conservatives, supply-siders, technophiles, and the Religious Right and his view of domestic issues like welfare, health insurance, entitlements, and education. He presents a lucid argument that deserves a place in any public or academic library collection seeking to document contemporary U.S. politics.