When politicians in Washington oppose a government agency, they are rarely able to abolish it.  For example, many Republicans have advocated terminating the Social Security Administration over the decades, but because it is an agency that provides benefits to millions of constituents, critics have been unsuccessful in their attempts to dismantle it.  Government agencies, once entrenched, are deeply rooted in the Washington bureaucracy.  With millions of clients, tens of thousands of government bureaucrats, and the politicians who spend much of their time responding to constituent demands as the latter make their way through the bureaucratic labyrinth, government agencies produce widespread demand for and reliance on their services,  making it much more difficult to abolish them.

Once this phenomenon was understood by Republicans, that is, understanding that they were committing political suicide by advocating the demise of popular government agencies, they shifted their strategy by focusing on one or both of…

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