Civil Politics For a Shared Future
A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without active citizenship. Americans are imbued with certain fundamental rights as citizens, and those rights carry responsibilities.
Making Government Work
Our elected representatives owe their loyalty to us, not to their political parties. Our government should work for everyone. It is up to all of us to make that happen.
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Access to high quality education is a basic right of every child, regardless of family income. But top-down federal initiatives continue to fail us.
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
Uncontrolled growth in federal debt threatens both our economic stability and national security. We need a comprehensive, bipartisan, long-term plan to reduce the debt.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
Today’s challenges, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cyberattacks and pandemic disease, don’t respect national borders. Resolutions are not possible without some degree of American leadership and international cooperation.
Open-ended foreign policy commitments and undisciplined spending have overextended the US military. Our military capabilities should reflect our foreign policy initiatives.
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
Artificial Intelligence and Jobs
In movie versions of the robot apocalypse, machines become self-aware, decide that humans pose a threat, and then move to exterminate us. A more realistic and immediate…
In the past two months, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of funding allotted for the construction of a wall along the border between…
QUIZ: U.S. Citizenship
Permanent residents of the U.S. who wish to become American citizens must pass a civics test, which includes 100 questions. Here is a sample of ten. All…
Teachers on Strike
Last year, teachers in eight states across the country staged large-scale walkouts. The first strike in 2019 came in mid-January, when teachers in Los Angeles, California –…
CGS Joins Brookings Session on Voter Dissatisfaction with Congress
On January 30, 2019, Common Ground Solutions founder Howard Konar took part in a program at the Brookings Institution: “The dissatisfied public: What can Congress do?” Program…
News Release: Major Study Finds 2020 Voters Seeking Candidates Who Will Be More Responsive to the People
Voters from Both Parties Endorse New ‘Citizen Cabinet’ Method for Consulting Constituents Most Believe Government Would Find More Common Ground if Public Has More Influence Washington D….
Congress Must Get to Work on Budget and Border
There must be some stretch of our border with Mexico that could benefit from a wall. To end the current government shutdown, I suggest we find one….
Rochesterians Find Some ‘Common Ground’ on the Federal Budget
The organization is called Common Ground Solutions, founded by Howard Konar. His group, along with another non-partisan organization, Voice of the People, hosted a gathering at the…