It’s also an almost perfect example of what Reagan Republicans used to deride as “big government.” Instead of giving low-income Americans a debit card to spend on groceries of their choice — a relatively simple policy solution that seems to work pretty well — Team Trump would have government bureaucrats assemble and run a food distribution system across a continent-sized nation for more than 30 million people. It is exactly this sort of ill-conceived, poorly thought-out scheme that led Reagan to famously say, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.'”

The GOP used to know and appreciate that the government is good at some things, such as cutting Social Security checks, and bad at so many others. But somewhere, somehow, the party lost its way.