Philip Howard’s New Book: Try Common Sense


Increasingly, what passes for a national dialogue has devolved into a shouting match between the extreme wings of the major parties. According to an October 2018 study by the international nonprofit More in Common, only 14% of Americans are either …

Why Can’t We Get Moving on Infrastructure?


Washington is having a hard time getting its act together on infrastructure. The Trump Administration is strongly promoting the streamlining of permitting – a high priority for Common Good – but their funding plan ($200 billion to support $1.5 trillion) …

America Today: Burkean Nation? By Robert Heineman


Is it possible in America to speak of nationhood and expect patriotic allegiance to what passes for a nation within the boundaries of the United States?  Drawing on Burke is there a way of postulating the interaction of values and …

Opportunities to Simplify Government in the New Year


The new year offers several signs that Common Good’s message of simplifying government will resonate in 2018.

Later this month, the Administration is expected to issue an infrastructure plan, including details on its goal to streamline the federal permitting process …

A Proposed Bipartisan Deal on Infrastructure


Echoing Common Good, the President announced in his State of the Union that any infrastructure agreement must “streamline the permitting and approval process – getting it down to no more than two years, and perhaps even one.”

This reference to …

Congress Considers Moving Federal Agencies Out of DC


Congress is considering an idea that Philip Howard advocated a year ago in an op-ed in The Daily Beast – moving federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. and spreading them across the country. He wrote, “The culture of Washington is …

New York Times Writes About Common Good’s Infrastructure Work


In the November 8th, 2017 edition of the New York Times, the lead article in the National section highlighted Common Good’s role in efforts by the Trump Administration and others to streamline infrastructure permitting:

“The centerpiece of …