Brookings’s Big Ideas for 2020 are bold, creative policy proposals for America’s next elected president and the 117th Congress.
These ideas, some of which are new and some of which outline specific roadmaps for policy proposals already in the public domain, have potential to make American institutions more equitable, effective, and transparent while enhancing the U.S. role on the world stage.
Production of Brookings’s Big Ideas for 2020 is possible thanks to editorial guidance from Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, and Jessica Harris, Director of Communications for Governance Studies.
Michael Hansen and Li Feng propose a federal loan forgiveness program for teachers and other educators to help address the challenges of student loan debt and declining interest in teaching among young people.
Michael O’Hanlon argues that stabilizing its military mission in Afghanistan at 5,000 troops for 5 years would allow the U.S. to achieve its core counterterrorism goals and help foster peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Molly Reynolds explains why Congress’s oversight authority relative to the executive has diminished and offers reforms that would improve its capacity to address problems, enact legislation, and bolster legislative influence.
Michael O’Hanlon and James Miller argue that, instead of focusing on the size of the U.S. defense budget, more focus should be given to the quality of the armed forces.
Elaine Kamarck recommends re-introducing an element of peer review to the presidential nominating process by empowering party leaders and elected officials to properly vet candidates for their policy knowledge, record of public service, and temperament before primary voters start casting ballots.
Vanessa Williamson explains why making voter registration available during income tax filing would raise voter registration levels and turnout.
Martin Neil Baily argues that the old retirement model in the United States is no longer functioning and offers four policy ideas to help middle-class Americans secure their retirement.
Darrell West discusses the history of the Electoral College and argues why the time has come to abolish it.