The Federal Government: The Can't Do Government

Paralyzed by special interests and shortsightedness, Washington no longer seems capable of responding to its growing challenges

"Government isn't the solution; it's the problem." As a candidate and a President, Ronald Reagan loved that line. But Reagan seemed simply to be indulging in harmless hyperbole or offering his version of the time-honored aphorism that government is best when it governs least. Surely he did not seriously propose to dismantle an institution that had brought the U.S. through two world wars, restored stability during the Depression and played a major part in developing one of the highest standards of living on earth.

Or did he? If Washington was "the problem" when Reagan took office in 1981, it looks like...

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