Reboot Washington to Restore Honor to Public Service

This article originally appeared on on 09/12/2019.

The five-week shutdown of the federal government, ending in late January 2019, illustrated a huge gap in the de-regulation versus pro-regulation political debate. 

Promising the Moon, Ignoring Broken Government

This article originally appeared on on 09/9/2019.

The presidential debates so far have largely ignored the key issue on which the last several elections have turned: a commitment to overhaul Washington. 

America Needs a National Infrastructure Board

This article originally appeared on on 09/6/2019.

Infrastructure is the backbone of an economy. National competitiveness and a sustainable environment require it to be kept up to date. 

Historic Political Opportunity Hiding in Plain Sight

This article originally appeared on on 07/12/2019.

The cornucopia of policy ideas presented by Democratic presidential hopefuls is remarkable mainly in what’s been omitted: the need to overhaul Washington so that it can deliver public services effectively. 

Can Common Sense Fix Our Broken Democracy?

This article originally appeared on on 06/14/2019.

Washington has given up on governing. It doesn’t fix programs that everyone knows have long been broken. It doesn’t respond to public anger at Big Brother breathing down our necks in schools, hospitals and the workplace. 

Getting Serious About Infrastructure

This article originally appeared on on 05/18/2019.

Fixing America’s decrepit infrastructure enjoys rare bipartisan support. But the recent announcement of a $2 trillion plan by President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was quickly doused by reality. 

A Radical Centrist Platform for 2020

This article originally appeared on on 04/13/2019.

Centrist politics don’t offer the passion of absolutist solutions. In the words of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.): “Moderate is not a stance. 

Revive the Moral Mandate

This article originally appeared on on 02/22/2019.

Bad habits are hard to change, and even harder when America no longer has a meaningful public culture. 

Fixing Washington Requires a New Governing Vision

This article originally appeared on on 02/13/2019.

Americans elected Donald Trump in 2016 on his pledge to “drain the swamp.” Two years later, they turned to Democrats to demand what Nancy Pelosi called “a new dawn.”

But fixing Washington requires more than new leaders and new variations on partisan orthodoxies. 

How Distrust Breeds Dysfunction

This article originally appeared on on 02/09/2019.

America’s current governing system, created after the 1960s, dictates governing choices out of a huge legal machine, programmed with about 150 million words of federal law. 

Bureaucracy vs. Democracy (Full Essay)

(February 4, 2019) This essay, adapted in part from Try Common Sense, was prepared for a February 19, 2019 forum co-hosted by the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University and Common Good. 

Bureaucracy vs. Democracy

This article originally appeared on on 01/31/2019.

Diagnosing the bureaucratic causes of public failure, economic repression, and voter alienation.