Civil Politics For a Shared Future
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
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.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
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.
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.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
It is possible to find a balance between the right of individuals to own firearms, and the need for society to know that gun owners are accountable for their use and control.
A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without active citizenship. Americans are imbued with certain fundamental rights as citizens, and those rights carry responsibilities.
We Never Learn
“My goal here is to win elections in November (2018). My goal is to keep a Senate Majority” Mitch McConnell, October 2017 Nancy Pelosi identified the same…
Causes Worth Fighting For Are Worth Paying For
Defense Principle #4: If a cause is worth fighting for, it is worth paying for, too. The cost of our conflicts should be paid by tax revenue,…
Getting Real About Foreign Intervention
Defense Principle #3: Where the outcome of a conflict depends on controlling the internal politics of unstable nations, the use of military force will be risky and…
Advocating for Fair Redistricting
Creating fair systems for redistricting isn’t a straightforward endeavor, but there are several ways to get involved. First, since each state sets its own rules for redistricting,…
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…