Phil Kerpen is head of American Commitment and a leading free-market policy analyst and advocate in Washington. Kerpen was the principal policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity for over five years.  He previously worked at the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.  Kerpen is also a nationally syndicated columnist, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book "Democracy Denied."

My Articles

May 22, 2017, 12:16 PM EDT
On Thursday, the FCC voted 2-1 on party lines to begin accepting public comment on a proposal to reverse the 2015 Obama administration order reducing the Internet to a regulated public utility and returning to the previous light-touch policy.
May 19, 2017, 1:59 PM EDT
It would be a huge mistake to accept the legal legitimacy of Obama’s move to enter the United States into a treaty regime identical in form and structure to previous global warming treaties without the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate.
April 26, 2017, 11:25 AM EDT
The pendulum finally is swinging back towards individual freedom.
April 18, 2017, 3:07 PM EDT
None of it was meant to be.
March 30, 2017, 9:39 AM EDT
Here’s the real history.
March 27, 2017, 2:05 PM EDT
Doing nothing is an unacceptable option.
November 21, 2016, 10:45 AM EST
When is a treaty not a treaty?
September 14, 2016, 10:29 AM EDT
States with nuclear power plants are grappling with a highly unusual conundrum.
September 2, 2016, 2:45 PM EDT
How far are the anti-energy activists willing to go?
August 12, 2016, 4:08 PM EDT
The health insurance exchanges are on the edge of collapse, with premiums rising sharply for ever narrower provider networks, non-profit health co0ops shuttering their doors, and even the biggest insurance companies heading for the exists amid mounting losses.
August 8, 2016, 8:54 AM EDT
The Obama admin is looking at its last chance to move its agenda forward while sidestepping Congress.
June 15, 2016, 2:15 PM EDT
Yesterday the D.C. Circuit upheld Obama's "net neutrality" regulations in a 2-1 decision.
May 3, 2016, 2:07 PM EDT
The biggest victory for taxpayers in the Obamacare fight so far was the enactment in late 2014 of language prohibiting the Risk Corridor program from being transformed into an open-ended bailout for big insurance companies.  Unfortunately that language is now being sidestepped by a scheme in which the Obama administration invited the big insurance companies to sue the government, which in turn is likely to take a dive on the lawsuit and then make the bailout payments anyway.  It’s outrageous and must be stopped.
March 30, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT
The federal government is scheduled to spend $310 billion of your tax dollars this year on federal programs that are not authorized by law according to the Congressional Budget Office.  That’s about a quarter of all so-called discretionary spending, so one of every four taxpayer dollars Congress spends is going to a program that is legally expired.   It is a total breakdown of accountability and oversight and, unfortunately, it is business as usual in Washington.  The good news is an innovative legislative solution has been proposed by Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers: automatic reductions in spending via sequestration for programs that remain unauthorized, and ultimately phasing them out completely unless Congress acts to reauthorize them.
December 29, 2015, 2:44 PM EST
The massive omnibus package of tax and spending changes recently passed by Congress was mostly a defeat for free-market economics.  It extended expensive giveaways for the wind and solar industries, allowed President Obama to fund his Paris climate agreement, funded the president’s aggressive regulatory agenda, and even green-lit his IMF reform.  But the deal is actually a triumph in the single most important policy area: the First Amendment.  And as long as we are free to speak and engage in the political process, we can come back and reverse course on the economic issues.
August 7, 2015, 2:19 PM EDT
In President Obama’s first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said: “I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon.”
July 22, 2015, 5:04 PM EDT
The Senate may vote soon on an amendment by Democratic senator Dick Blumenthal that would make it illegal for dealers to sell any car with an open recall.  That might sound good, but there’s a huge problem: many recalls are for items as trivial as a printing error in the owner’s manual, and when a part is simply unavailable, there’s nothing you can do about it.  The Blumenthal proposal would therefore effectively make it impossible for millions of Americans – finding their cars suddenly with little or no trade-in value – to buy a new car.
April 9, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT
Since President Obama’s first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.
March 30, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT
For decades liberals have gone to extraordinary lengths to impose new energy taxes. They do not, to put it mildly, have the support of the American people. So they have turned to increasingly complex schemes to pretend the taxes they are advancing are not taxes. They’ve now reached an unprecedented level of obfuscation: a federal regulatory agency acting without Congress to coerce states into imposing regulations that will bury cost increases in the electricity rate base – and they might get away with it. Congress should therefore act immediately to, if they can’t stop what is happening, at least require it to be transparent.
March 18, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT
On April 13, 2005 the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 272 to 162, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. But in the ten years since, they have all but dropped the issue. A stunning 236 of the current members of the House have never had an opportunity to vote on it.