Restoring Accountability to the Executive Branch


The federal civil service system is broken. This is not a controversial statement. A 1989 report by the Volcker Commission on civil service found a “quiet crisis” in federal civil service, characterized by “an erosion of performance and morale” and the “inability to recruit and retain a talented workforce.” Pride had been replaced by resignation. 

Reboot Washington to Restore Honor to Public Service


This article originally appeared on TheRegReview.org 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 WashingtonExaminer.com 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 AmericanInfrastructureMag.com 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 Forbes.com 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 AmericaMagazine.org 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 TheHill.com 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 TheHill.com 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 RealClearBooks.com 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 Newsweek.com 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.