Lights, Cameras, Tax Reform!

Television's eye helps keep the lobbyists at bay, for now

Lobbyists usually prefer to work in the shadows, but last week they found themselves blinking uncomfortably in the light. In a moment that merged two historical events, the most radical tax-reform plan in decades arrived on the Senate floor the very week that the chamber was opened up for the first time to live television.

In the glare of TV lights, Senators who might normally be inclined to slip in an amendment or two to protect favored interest groups instead extolled the virtues of tax fairness as they preened for the folks back home. With public sentiment already riled by the...

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