(Sept 4, 2019) The Trump administration plans to streamline infrastructure permitting with two ideas from Common Good’s 2015 report “Two Years, Not Ten Years”: to limit environmental impact statements to 150 pages and to designate one lead agency for each major project.
(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.
(December 21, 2018) Building public support for overhauling Washington got a boost this week from a policy essay by the Niskanen Center. Refreshingly, this new conservative think tank focuses on practical problem solving, not conservative ideology.
(November 13, 2018) Increasingly, what passes for a national dialogue has devolved into a shouting match between the extreme wings of the major parties. According to a recent study by the international nonprofit More in Common, only 14% of Americans are either hard-left or hard-right, yet those extremes dominate party politics.