Idea: gridlock has besieged Washington. Our representatives are pegged to ideological extremes.
The 24-hour newscycle and cartoonish nature of political coverage on the cable networks have reduced public awareness to black and white soundbites with nuance brushed aside. Compromise and centrism are portrayed as weakness.
In parallel, special interests use fundraising power to establish legislative agendas that don't have the greater good at heart.
With anonymous voting, corporate checkwriters would have no idea if they are getting what they paid for and the lobby money would dry up. Meanwhile, members of Congress could get back to public service and reasonable laws would result.