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.
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…
Quiz: Anti-Poverty Programs
How many Americans live below the poverty line? What is an entitlement program? Test your knowledge about the social safety net. # # # This article originally…
Nuclear Arms: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
September 22, 2019 The U.S. recently pulled out of a Cold War-era treaty that bans intermediate-range missiles. How will it impact national security? Last month, the U.S….
Quiz: Gun Safety II
Do violent video games cause gun violence? What can you no longer do in your local Walmart? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of gun safety…
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…