Ever since Ronald Reagan told us that government IS the problem, right wingers have made it their mantra. Government is bad, Government is bad, Government is bad I have talked about this before on this site, about how this may have been Ronald Reagans worst transgression because it engendered in the populace a distain, even a hatred for their government. When one considers the statement government IS the problem in the context of American Government, it becomes all the more troubling. Our government was created by the Framers of the Constitution to be Of, by, and for The People. In short, The People ARE the government. So in essence, what Ronald Reagan and all those who repeat the mantra government IS the problem are saying is that THE PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM.