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,…
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…
Rochester voters participate in survey that simulates policy making: Democrats and Republicans agree on multiple federal budget cuts
A survey of Rochester voters found some common ground on federal spending and taxes. Congress is polarized and there is gridlock on tax and spending policies, according to…
Voice of the Voter: Put on your policymaking shoes
The Democrat and Chronicle and its Voice of the Voter partners are hosting a Voice of the People policymaking simulation on September 15. Area citizens will come…
News Release: Majorities of Republican and Democratic Voters Agree on $128 Billion in Deficit Reduction, Raising Revenue and Cutting Spending
Unique Survey Finds Common Ground Among Voters in Very Red and Very Blue Districts WASHINGTON – In a unique survey in which respondents made up their own…