Source: Ronald Brownstein | The Atlantic, May 9, 2014

Daniel Russell has no patience for people who consider the federal government the root of all evil. A 32-year-old IT technician at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, he’s fond of citing the many examples of government-funded basic scientific research—such as the project that laid the foundation for the Internet—that later led to big commercial breakthroughs. “Some of the time, the things the government thinks up are passed on to corporations … and the corporations get all the credit for it,” he says. “People say, ‘Aw, man, the government hasn’t done anything for us.’ I’m like, ‘Look at your shoes, look at your car.'”