One thing lost in much of the clamor around Gov. Rick Perry's debate stumble last week is that he's calling for the elimination of three federal agencies. The fate of similar attempts in the past points to the small likelihood of changes now.
When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, he promised to eliminate the newly created U.S. Department of Education. And yet the Great Communicator couldn’t get it done.
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Sean Theriault, an associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, said a ...