It's long been a tenet of conservative family-values orthodoxy that mothers should stay home with young children. Eagle Forum president Phyllis Schlafly, who racked up countless frequent-flyer miles killing the Equal Rights Amendment, says, "The baby needs enormous care for a long time. Hired caretakers are no substitute for a mother." William Kristol, editor of the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard, says,"At the end of the day, family is more important than work as a way to break the cycle of dependency."

So it's ironic that Republicans are spearheading the drive to send welfare mothers into the workplace, no matter how...

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