Morality Among the Supply-Siders

More than 100 Reagan Administration officials have faced allegations of questionable activities. While some are still in office, others have resigned under a cloud. Many of the allegations were relatively minor, but the accumulation of cases produces a portrait of impropriety on a grand scale.

"Government isn't the solution," Ronald Reagan regularly intoned before coming to Washington. "Government is the problem." The Government, went his litany, was bloated with "waste, fraud and abuse," all of which desperately needed purging. His words proved prophetic, though not precisely in the way he intended: his Administration, from its very beginning, has been riddled from top to bottom with allegations of impropriety and corruption.

More than 100 members of the Reagan Administration have had ethical or legal charges leveled against them. That number is without precedent. While the Reagan Administration's missteps may not have been as flagrant as the...

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