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.
Women in U.S. Politics
In 2019, 127 women hold seats in the United States Congress. In the House, 102 out of 435 Representatives are women. In the one hundred member Senate, 25 women…
Securing Social Security
Social Security was originally designed to serve as a supplement to pensions and personal savings. With the decline of traditional pension plans and lower rates of personal savings,…
Quiz: FDR’s New Deal
Voters are likely to hear more about the Green New Deal in the coming months. How much do you know about the original New Deal of the…
Net Neutrality, Round Three
Debates over net neutrality started nearly two decades ago, but the controversy surrounding it still persists. So does some degree of confusion about what it means, despite…
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…