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

June 14, 2018, 9:56 AM EDT
The 2015 Obama FCC order reducing the Internet to a regulated public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act was marketed as protecting net neutrality – even though the DC Circuit Court of Appeals expressly held that any ISP that blocked or filtered web traffic would be completely exempt from the rules.  The apocalyptic claims from the left that the repeal of Title II – which took effect on June 11 – would herald the end of net neutrality and the destruction of the Internet are therefore obviously absurd hyperbole.  Especially considering that we have simply returned to the same regulatory framework that applied while the Internet grew and thrived for decades until 2015.
May 14, 2018, 3:36 PM EDT
Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in a job training program to be eligible for food stamps.  Democrats in Congress, however, have decided to litmus test opposition to work requirements and have therefore walked away en masse from supporting the usually bipartisan farm bill.  That gives conservatives leverage to push for free-market reforms to the other 20 percent of the bill – and they should.
April 3, 2018, 2:44 PM EDT
Last year the Department of Transportation (DOT) sensibly delayed a held over Obama regulation that would have mandated an expensive, obsolete technology called dedicated short-range communication in all new cars and trucks sold in America.  The Obama rule, according to its own cost estimate, would have imposed total costs of $108 billion and raised the price of every new car by about $300 – for a technology that has already been made obsolete by rapidly advancing developments including a shift toward commercial cellular and sensor-based approaches to vehicle safety.
March 16, 2018, 4:03 PM EDT
Shortly after Scott Gottlieb took over as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, he announced a paradigmatic shift in the agency's approach to regulating tobacco products centered on harm reduction – the idea that smokers who can't quit outright can get nicotine from products other than cigarettes and dramatically improve their health outcomes as a result.  The first test of the extent to which things have really changed at the FDA comes with the application of a product called IQOS from Philip Morris, an electronic device that heats tobacco enough to release nicotine – but without combustion and all of the health harms associated with the products of combustion.
December 5, 2017, 3:42 PM EST
The perpetual outrage mob on the left has adopted an unlikely target of late – the brainy, affable head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman Ajit Pai.  Pai is now flanked by a Homeland Security protective detail everywhere he goes because of a deluge of specific, credible threats of violence toward him and his young children.  He's also facing an onslaught of racist smears and attacks too obscene to quote – including an image asserting that Pai is Osama bin Laden after shaving his beard.
September 14, 2017, 2:27 PM EDT
The introduction of the new Senate health care bill – authored by senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin with an assist from former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum – comes after so many failed Obamacare repeal efforts that you can forgive the public for greeting it with caution.  But the current law is a disaster – premiums and deductibles are spiraling upward while the latest official estimates show 1,478 counties, over 45 percent of the counties in America, will have just one insurance company in 2018.  The 2017 reconciliation process protecting a Republican health care bill from filibuster expires on September 30.  Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) is the last train leaving the station.  All aboard.
August 14, 2017, 11:57 AM EDT
If GOP leaders on the Hill think through the implications, they should see that it is actually in their strategic interests to welcome a move by President Trump to force them and their staff to live with the Obamacare law – until it can be changed.
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.