During the recently televised meeting on immigration, President Trump made the bizarre suggestion that maybe earmarks should be reinstated as a remedy for the deeply divisive partisanship in Congress. Besides demonstrating his ignorance, he misses the real reason for this divide: campaign financing.
Current laws give the wealthy and large corporations control over policy decisions. The recent tax cuts are a case in point. They also force legislators to spend more time fund-raising than legislating.
The time has come to place meaningful limits on campaign spending and donations and on the length of campaigns.