Pretending to be independent in a partisan system won’t improve America’s politics. But more parties might.
John Adams worried that “a division of the republic into two great parties … is to be dreaded as the great political evil.” And that’s exactly what has come to pass.
Had the Trump administration decided to voluntarily release them, officials still would have had free rein to conceal meetings they didn’t want the public to know about.
Business didn't always have so much power in Washington.
Its lack of long-term expertise forces legislators to rely on special interests, or defer to bureaucrats, instead of making independent decisions.
Many election finance reformers focus on spending limits, but encouraging small donors might be a more realistic—and fairer—option.