I have observed in business circles that two decades of conservative rhetoric delegitimizing the concept of government has created a “scofflaw” atmosphere among executives. Like drivers ignoring speed limits, most executives I encounter see government regulations (and government itself) as an annoyance, an anachronism, a relic of old-fashioned do-gooder days when dinosaur socialist liberals created barriers to efficient business.

Republicans delegitimized government, and act surprised when corporate executives act as if government were not legitimate.