(Jan 15, 2020) Last week, President Trump proposed rule changes to streamline the environmental permitting process, adopting key elements of Common Good’s proposals. Putting reasonable time limits on permitting is clearly in the public interest, and we will also suggest changes in the formal comment period.
(Oct 9, 2019) Many Americans don’t find a comfortable political home either with the Republican party of Donald Trump or the left wing of the Democratic party.
(Sept 13, 2019) Most Americans think Washington is broken. But if last night’s debate is any indication, the Democratic candidates don’t seem to have gotten that memo.
(Jul 22, 2019) Extremist political rhetoric is polarizing, by design. But it’s also exhausting. At some point the shouting becomes white noise. People start tuning out.
(July 10, 2019) Every successful presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter has run on a platform of reining in Washington bureaucracy. It’s odd, then, that the phalanx of Democratic candidates think they can win by promising ever-more-public-benefits.
(June 06, 2019) As spring turns to summer, it’s time to note that Washington once again failed to do any spring cleaning of the regulatory state.
(April 29, 2019) In a report published jointly by Brookings, NYU, and the Volcker Alliance, political scientist Paul Light argues that “government reform could well decide the winner” of the 2020 presidential election: “recent surveys … suggest Americans may have finally found common ground in their demand for better government”—”very major reform” of Washington.
(April 15, 2019) Partisan debate assumes that policy must be either/or. Take your pick: either we address climate change or we have a healthy economy. But it’s not hard to envision a centrist platform that does both.
(March 13, 2019) In a survey released last week by Axios/Harris, the federal government ranked dead last in reputation among America’s most high-profile companies. Only 9% of Americans think Washington “shares my values.” Another recent survey, by political scientist Paul Light, found that 63% of Americans support “very major reform” of Washington, up from 37% in 1997.
(February 20, 2019) Political noise today is deafening. New Democratic candidates announce on almost a daily basis, and there’s at least one eruption per week from the White House.
(February 11, 2019) Where will current political debate lead? We see no bright future at the end of any political tunnel. Howard Schultz’s independent candidacy has incurred the wrath of Democrats who fear that his candidacy will divert Democratic votes.