Interview: Advice From Mr. Chairman Paul Volcker, Who Helped Whip Inflation As

America's top moneyman under two Presidents, talks about the deficit, power and public service

For eight years, as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Paul Volcker was perhaps the second most powerful man in Washington. There were no doubt times, as he squeezed the money supply and cost people jobs in his battle against double-digit inflation, when he was also one of the most unpopular. Volcker, 61, devoted more than three decades to public service; his first appointment after leaving Government in 1987 was as unpaid chairman of the National Commission on the Public Service, a private group trying to improve the lot of the nation's civil servants. Now, as chairman of the New York...

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