The Hill: A Radical Centrist Platform for 2020


(April 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. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh.’” …

RealClear Books: Revive the Moral Mandate


(February 22, 2019) Bad habits are hard to change, and even harder when America no longer has a meaningful public culture. Tocqueville talked about it this way:…

Niskanen Center: How Distrust Breeds Dysfunction


(February 9, 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. Its one virtue, at least to people in Washington, is that …

The American Interest: Bureaucracy vs. Democracy


(January 31, 2019) The daily detonations from the White House are diverting our attention from deeper flaws in modern American government. Donald Trump was elected for a reason: many Americans are fed up with Washington.…

New York Post: Replace Washington


(January 27, 2019) For decades now, Americans have slogged through a rising tide of idiocies. Getting a permit to do something useful, say, open a restaurant or fix a bridge, can take years. Small businesses get nicked for noncompliance of …

New York Daily News: Build Big Without Wasting Billions


(October 23, 2017) New York is at the cusp of a major infrastructure building boom, but an obsolete New York statute from the 19th century called the Scaffold Law has already wasted $200 million on one project — the new …

Ripon Forum: Fixing the Civil Service


(April 28, 2017) Americans think Washington is broken.  That’s why they elected a tough-talking outsider as president.  But fixing Washington requires more than one person; it requires a new operating system that allows people to make sensible choices.  The parties …

New York Daily News: Shred the Red Tape


(April 2, 2017) President Trump has signaled that one of his next big initiatives will be to jump-start a trillion-dollar program to rebuild America’s fraying infrastructure. As a former builder, Trump would seem to be uniquely qualified to oversee this …