Back in 2015, when Reason published a roundtable discussion of reform conservatism, Ben Domenech lambasted the movement that sought to come up with uniquely conservative welfare policies to help middle-class families. Indeed, Domenech criticized Sens. Marco Rubio and Mike Lee's plan, plucked from the reformocon handbook, to give child tax credits to parents as "social engineering" of the right.
Now Domenech, in a recent The New York Times piece titled "How Trump Can Be More Trumpian," endorsed a new Rubio-Lee social engineering scheme to raid Social Security to pay for parental leave.
It's an ingenious idea that avoids some of the pitfalls of liberal schemes to force employers to pay for parental benefits, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia. But that doesn't mean the scheme won't have serious unintended consequences.