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.
Together Alone: An Epidemic of Loneliness
For decades, the traditional ties that bind Americans together have been growing weaker. This trend appears to be making our people and politics less healthy. February 23,…
Partisanship & Primaries: Open, Closed, and In-Between
In some states, voters must register with a political party to participate in primary elections. Does this system make partisanship worse? Can more open primaries choose candidates…
Using Military Force: Who Decides?
A law called the AUMF gives American presidents broad authority to take military action around the world. But some members of Congress say they granted that power…
Citizen Panels: Repairing Our Political System, One District at a Time
When our political conversations are so toxic and unproductive, though, how can our representatives really know what voters think about important issues? Traditional town halls have turned…
Thanksgiving and civility, part 2: Four topics worth putting on the table
November 27, 2019 via The Fulcrum – It’s a sign of our fractious age: Each Thanksgiving, as millions of families prepare for the holiday weekend together, we…
Voters discuss immigration concerns at Rochester forum
November 25, 2019 via Rochester First – Common Ground Solutions founder Howard Konar and Congressman Joe Morelle held a meeting on Saturday morning to discuss immigration issues…
Immigration finds some common ground in local survey
November 25, 2019 via City Newspaper – Large majorities of Democrats and Republicans in the 25th Congressional District share ‘common ground’ on immigration issues. That much was illustrated…
Survey Data from NY-25 on Immigration
November 23, 2019 New survey data shows that Rochesterians, like Americans across the country, agree across party lines on ideas to address critical immigration issues. >Download the…