The benefits of transparency are hard to explain. Bit by bit, we’re improving public oversight of government, I’ve been heard to say, implying more libertarian‐friendly outcomes—never quite sure that I’m getting my message through.
Now comes a comment on transparency that articulates its importance better than I ever could. It’s Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber describing how lacking transparency allowed the president’s signature health care regulation to pass.
A gaffe in Washington is when somebody tells the truth. Thanks to this one, more people may understand how non‐transparent government undercuts their freedoms. Insisting on government transparency can protect them.