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.
Both Sides Now: Ranked Choice Voting
Advocates for ranked choice voting say it will elect candidates who truly reflect the will of the people. Are they right? November 10, 2019 Earlier this week,…
Does anyone actually vote in runoff elections? What pushes people to the polls? Test your knowledge with this week’s quiz.
Translation, Please: Impeachment
Talk of impeachment is everywhere. But when is it called for, and how does it work? October 20, 2019 “The President, Vice President and all Civil…
The Social Safety Net: Keeping Families Afloat
September 29, 2019 Especially during economic downturns, Americans who never expected to need help turn to social safety net programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance. The…
CGS Joins Brookings Session on Voter Dissatisfaction with Congress
January 30, 2019 — On January 30, 2019, Common Ground Solutions founder Howard Konar took part in a program at the Brookings Institution: “The dissatisfied public: What…
News Release: Major Study Finds 2020 Voters Seeking Candidates Who Will Be More Responsive to the People
January 30, 2019 — Voters from Both Parties Endorse New ‘Citizen Cabinet’ Method for Consulting Constituents Most Believe Government Would Find More Common Ground if Public Has…
Congress Must Get to Work on Budget and Border
January 18, 2019 via The Democrat & Chronicle — There must be some stretch of our border with Mexico that could benefit from a wall. To end…
Rochesterians Find Some ‘Common Ground’ on the Federal Budget
September 16, 2018 via WXXI News — The organization is called Common Ground Solutions, founded by Howard Konar. His group, along with another non-partisan organization, Voice of…