DAVID SCHOENBROD was a leader of the Natural Resources Defense Council during the 1970s, heading campaigns to get lead out of gasoline, protect the environment of Puerto Rico, and protect New Yorkers from automotive air pollution. Now he is Trustee Professor at New York Law School.
Schoenbrod has frequently contributed to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other newspapers and periodicals. His books include Power without Responsibility, Democracy by Decree, Saving Our Environment from Washington, and Breaking the Logjam. He has a graduate degree in economics from Oxford (which he attended as a Marshall Scholar) and a law degree from Yale.
You think you know why our government in Washington is broken, but you really don’t. You think it’s broken because politicians curry favor with special interests and activists of the left or the right. There’s something to that and it helps explain why these politicians can’t find common ground, but it misses the root cause.