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Accountability Makes Good Government


March 28, 2019

As various U.S. House committees gear up for a season of investigations and hearings on President Donald Trump and his administration, a lot of people are worried that progress on the nation’s challenges will grind to a halt.

I would argue just the opposite: the wheels of government are turning in favor of accountability.

Our system rests squarely on the notion that government officials – whether elected or appointed – need to be accountable to the people they govern. They are responsible for their behavior, their decisions, and the policies they support. They are answerable for thei...

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