An Alternative to Partisan Politics
A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without active citizenship. Americans are imbued with certain fundamental rights as citizens, and those rights carry responsibilities.
Making Government Work
Our elected representatives owe their loyalty to us, not to their political parties. Our government should work for everyone. It is up to all of us to make that happen.
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Access to high quality education is a basic right of every child, regardless of family income. But top-down federal initiatives continue to fail us.
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
Uncontrolled growth in federal debt threatens both our economic stability and national security. We need a comprehensive, bipartisan, long-term plan to reduce the debt.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
Today’s challenges, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cyberattacks and pandemic disease, don’t respect national borders. Resolutions are not possible without some degree of American leadership and international cooperation.
Open-ended foreign policy commitments and undisciplined spending have overextended the US military. Our military capabilities should reflect our foreign policy initiatives.
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
The Social Safety Net: Medicare
Medicare is a broadly popular social safety net program — and an expensive one. Below, we look at some bipartisan proposals to lower Medicare’s price tag. Medicare…
Health Care Is a Public Good
Exploring the Common Ground Principles: Health Care Principle #1: Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to ensure that every citizen and legal…
Getting Real About Foreign Intervention
Defense Principle #3: Where the outcome of a conflict depends on controlling the internal politics of unstable nations, the use of military force will be risky and…
Founder Howard Konar on Capital Tonight
Common Ground founder Howard Konar spoke to Capital Tonight’s Liz Benjamin about activating people to act as citizens in the public good, how our most important policy…