Congress came back to work yesterday a Republican Congress. As members discuss their agenda for the coming session, one hears little from Republicans about smaller government and less spending.
Republicans - even conservatives - are seeing if they can outbid democrats on various programs. From education, to prescription drug benefits for people who don't need it, republicans are behaving like democrats.
Whatever the polls show people want, Republicans want to give it to them.
Ronald Reagan - who may have been the last Republican to talk about smaller government, said we have a deficit not because the American people are taxed too little, but because their government spends too much.
When Republicans are about spending and ever-expanding government, what good are they? One might just as well vote for Democrats, or no one.
George Wallace used to say there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties. Increasingly he looks like a prophet.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.