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The price we pay for anti-government rhetoric

The price we pay for anti-government rhetoric

I knew a group of men, brilliant scientists and astute attorneys, who took jobs with the federal government to serve their country and make it a better place. They were college graduates of the 1960s who had heard John F. Kennedy's call to public service — "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" — and who a decade later took JFK's challenge into government jobs in food safety and environmental protection.

But within two decades, Ronald Reagan ascended to the presidency with a very different message: to reduce government's scope and regulatory power. As he once put it, "I've always felt the nine most terrifying words...