In his new book, Tailspin, Steven Brill details our nation’s decline over the last half-century into a “land of crumbling roads, galloping income inequality, bitter polarization and dysfunctional government.” Particularly relevant to my work with Common Good, Brill also explains that the current political system lacks responsibility and accountability, resulting in hamstrung bureaucracy and widespread frustration and apathy.The story is not all negative, however. Brill concludes by highlighting individuals and groups working for concrete, lasting improvements to our society, including Common Good. Brill describes me as an “unlikely champion . . . for restoring balance to the process of how government fulfills its responsibility to keep the country functioning.”
President Trump recently issued three executive orders to streamline civil service accountability and reduce some of the power of federal employee unions. These orders are a useful first step, but, as the Partnership for Public Service observed, the current civil service system “is a relic of a bygone era.” Common Good has concluded that the current system is unconstitutional and should be completely overhauled. Philip Howard recently spoke on the issue at The Federalist Society’s Sixth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference. A video of the speech is available here.