How Trump Can Save Almost $1 Trillion in 10 Easy Steps (Feb. 28, 2017)
Washington’s waste pile is so high that President Trump could energize the economy by bulldozing bureaucracy that serves no public purpose.
CNBC: Oroville Dam a ticking time bomb for years (Feb 13, 2017)
Philip Howard, founder of Common Good, says the sad state of the Oroville Dam in California shouldn't surprise anyone. He explains why.
The President’s Right to Say ‘You’re Fired’ (Jan. 30, 2017)
Mr. Trump can repudiate civil service in its current form as a violation of the Constitution’s mandate that “the executive power shall be vested in a President.”
Civil Service Reform: Reassert the President's Constitutional Authority (Jan. 27, 2017)
Executive power is toothless, as James Madison observed, if the President has no practical authority over personnel.
An Even More Perfect Union? (Jan. 3, 2017)
American democracy may be far from perfect, but is there another system that's better?
Six Presidents Have Failed to Cut Red Tape. Here's How Trump Could Succeed (Dec. 13, 2016)
What reformers have missed is that regulatory failure is not merely a matter of too much regulation but is caused by a flawed philosophy on how to regulate.
Infrastructure and Progress (Dec. 12, 2016)
Philip K. Howard discusses the biggest infrastructure challenges facing the US.
Dec 14th Event: Drain the Swamp? Regulatory Reform Under President Trump
Join us on December 14th for our forum Drain the Swamp? Regulatory Reform Under President Trump.
Democracy for an Age of Distrust (Nov. 16, 2016)
Americans now have an historic opportunity to reimagine government.
Fortune Magazine: Business Regulations: The Red Tape Conundrum (Oct. 22, 2016)
It may well be the biggest bogeyman in business—bigger, perhaps, than even taxes: We’re talking, of course, about red tape.
Common Good to Help Illinois Slash Red Tape (Oct. 18, 2016)
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announces initiative to cut red tape, quoting Common Good Chair Philip Howard. His administration has asked Common Good to act as informal adviser to this effort.
The Daily Beast: We Can't Change Washington - So Let's Dismantle It and Spread It Around (Oct. 17, 2016)
The culture of Washington is totally unchangeable. But we can breathe new life into government agencies by taking them out of Washington. Yes, really.
NYT: Fixing Infrastructure: At Last, Something to Agree On (Sept. 26, 2016)
The main hurdle is not financing, however, but red tape.
WSJ: Practical Fixes for a Broken Washington (Sept 19, 2016)
Change is in the air. Anti-Washington sentiment is causing voters to abandon old beliefs and reach for outsiders. What’s missing is a coherent vision of change.
The Daily Beast: Conversation Becomes Shouting in a Society Without Authority (Sept 14, 2016)
Public discourse has degenerated into a shouting match. Everything is either black or white. Is our only choice inept big government or no government? How about government that aspires to be practical and responsive?
WNYC: A Bipartisan Approach to Eliminating Needless Bureaucracy (Aug 31, 2016
Administrative costs for U.S. health care total around 30% of all health care expenditures — that’s over $1 million per doctor every year, according to "The Stupid List" by Philip K. Howard, author, attorney and campaign co-chair of Chair of Common Good.
For the people radio: Is There Any Good Left in Gov? With Philip Howard (Tune In 26:30) (Aug 23, 2016)
For The People began in the 1980's as a consumer talk show with Chuck Harder. Keith Alan is the new host. Featured on radio stations daily. Tune in Mon-Fri from 12-1 PM EST LIVE!
Washington Post: Common Good borrows ‘Daily Show’ style to build interest in infrastructure (Aug 19, 2016)
A new video from Common Good makes rebuilding transportation infrastructure seem fun and vitally important at the same time. It’s also gently derisory about the political and bureaucratic inertia that’s happy to let America continue to rust.
NJ Transit: Video Warns of Transit Apocalypse if New Tunnels Aren't Fast-Tracked (Aug 16, 2016)
A former writer for "The Daily Show" has produced a video explaining how red tape could delay the Gateway Tunnel project, potentially increasing gridlock and costing billions in tax dollars.
Gateway Project: Saving NY & NJ From "Transportion Armageddon" (Aug 16, 2016)
New York and New Jersey are facing what Senator Charles Schumer called “Transportation Armageddon.” Luckily there’s a solution that will fix everything… but it's going to take several years and billions of dollars just to get permission.
WNYC: Fmr. Gov Tom Kean and Sen Bill Bradley on The Brian Lehrer Show (Aug 8, 2016)
Tom Kean, former governor of New Jersey, and Bill Bradley, former New Jersey Senator, discuss the launching of a national bipartisan campaign called "Who's in Charge Around Here?" which aims to show how restructuring government to become less gridlocked could actually be simple.
CNBC Power Lunch: Is Gov Red Tape Killing Economic Growth? (Aug 5, 2016)
The country's crumbling infrastructure may not be able to be fixed because of thousands of outdated local and state laws that prevent anything from getting done. Philip Howard, author and Common Good founder, explains.
WNYC: Senator Alan Simpson on the Brian Lehrer Show (Aug 3, 2016)
Alan Simpson, a former U.S. Senator (R-WY) and now co-chair with Democrat Erskine Bowles of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, reviews the history of debt policy and how it plays out in the presidential campaigns.
Huffington Post: Who's In Charge Around Here? (Aug 1, 2016)
What’s missing in the crazy campaign season is a coherent plan to fix Washington. The appeal of Trump and Sanders is that they are outsiders. Clinton’s burden is that she’s an insider.
Take Charge Campaign Video: "Put Humans in Charge" (Aug 1, 2016)
Something has gone terribly wrong. An overgrown jungle of complex laws has created stagnation in our country, and removed people's ability to exercise judgement and common sense.
Inc. Magazine: Tired of Dumb Regulations? Here's the Ultimate Fix (July, 2016)
New Jersey, one of the neediest, demands detailed information on every shipment made to one of its residents. "I am writing that this person bought four-tenths of a gallon of wine," says Leventhal. "I am writing their address. I am writing their name."
NYT: Less Talk, More Action on Hudson Rail Tunnels, Before It’s Too Late (May 17, 2016)
Once upon a time, when a city transit project had dragged on across four decades and people were starting to notice that it wasn’t actually there, the mayor and the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority demanded an investigation into what the heck was taking so long.
Podcast: John Stewart and David Axelrod on The Axe Files (May 9, 2016)
On May 9, the IOP welcomed Jon Stewart for a special live taping of "The Axe Files" podcast, hosted by IOP Director David Axelrod.
WSJ: The Crippling Hold of Law (April 1, 2016)
Government is broken. So what do we do about it? Angry voters are placing their hopes in outsider presidential candidates who promise to “make America great again” or lead a “political revolution.”
WNYC: Building a New America Means Cutting the Red Tape (March 23, 2016)
In the United States, bigger is better. America goes stronger, faster, and further than everyone else. Right? Wrong.
VIDEO: Common Good foretells ‘Transportation Armageddon’ without NYC Gateway Tunnel Project
Common Good, a nonpartisan group that aims to simplify government, has released a video from former “The Daily Show” writer Alex Marino that stresses the need for an expedited permit approval process for the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project in New York City.
Two projects approved for Journal Square
Genova Burns attorney Eugene T. Paolino, representing developer Kushner Companies and the KABR Group, has hailed the Jersey City Planning Board for approving two major mixed-use development projects, named One Journal Square and 30 Journal Square.
The Gateway Project: Saving New Jersey and New York from “Transportation Armageddon”
Nearly six years ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cancelled the Access to the Region’s Core rail tunnel project. Cross-Hudson capacity was cramped then, and it’s only gotten worse. Meanwhile, the Gateway Project, a $24 billion plan to build another set of tunnels under the Hudson won’t be completed until 2030.
For The People 09/12/16 W/Keith Alan
For The People engages the culture to think about the issues that matter, served up with a good dose of common sense!
How the nanny state is regulating the fun out of childhood
Dodgeball, tag, hide and seek, foot races — sounds like an afternoon of fun for children. But not according to the all-powerful government playing nanny and regulating the fun right out of childhood.