Just to add to that the ones with that kind of mentality tend to starve government of funding so it can't do its job well, or at all. Then they point to this and say "See, I'm right. Government is always incompetent and ineffective.". In short, the way they govern turns their concept of "government is always bad" into a self-fulfilling prophecy.Regardless of what Reagan meant or intended at the time, this sentiment has become a learned helplessness regarding government - that it cannot be engaged with.
I personally think higher level positions in government where real experts are needed should always pay significantly more than private industry. I'd rather our best and brightest work to better our common lot than to make more profits for a corporation. Sadly, the only part of government where this is true now is in the defense industry. We're happy to get the best to devise ever more creative ways to kill each other but not to make things better.