An exchage some years ago between Sen. Phil Gramm and a federal bureaucrat who wanted to expand a program of government child care is telling. Gramm opined that mothers and fathers are best equipped for child-rearing because they love their children more. The official protested, replying, "I love your children as much as you do, Senator." To which Gramm responded, "I am very pleased to hear that. What are their names?"
[Acknowledgement: Fr. Richard J. Neuhaus, "The Public Square," First Things (January 2008), 65.]