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Government: Greatest Force for Good Ever?

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Liberals typically defend government against attacks from conservatives. But Paul Begala takes it a step further in Newsweek, declaring his out-and-out love for the federal establishment in a piece aptly titled "I [heart] Government."

"Government is us," Begala writes. "It's capable of true greatness, real nobility, and majestic triumphs. I'd go further: the U.S. federal government is the greatest force for good in human history. Period."

Indeed, he does go even further:

The federal government freed the slaves and defeated Hitler. It built the interstate highway system, won the Cold War, integrated the South, put men on the moon, and killed Osama bin Laden. By the way, it also created the Internet, with Al Gore's leadership. So there.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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