Articles by Phil Kerpen

Repealing the individual mandate is a budget deal winner

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Syria has taken over the top of the agenda, but very soon Congress will necessarily return to high stakes fiscal negotiations, not just over the continuing resolution to fund the government, but also over the federal debt ceiling. Speaker John Boehner is committed to the principle that has so effectively constrained discretionary spending since the historic summer 2011 deal: debt ceiling increases must be matched dollar-for-dollar with new spending cuts. At the top of the spending cut priority list should be elimination of the most widely hated aspect of the new health care law: the individual mandate.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


Uncircle the firing squad

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Republicans have largely squandered an August that should have been spent preparing the American people for a showdown with Democrats over the president’s health care law. Instead, efforts have largely been diverted to a damaging internecine fight between proponents and critics of the defund strategy.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


India’s IP failures demand Obama’s attention

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On May 11, 2013, Indian President Pranab Mukherhee said “The future prosperity of India in the new knowledge economy will increasingly depend on its ability to generate new ideas, processes and solutions.” He was right not just about India, but indeed about the whole world; we need strong incentives to innovate, invent, and create – and that must include meaningful legal protections for the products of invention and creation. Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, India has been moving sharply against protecting intellectual property rights, with serious repercussions for companies that want to invest in India and by implication for global innovation and economic growth.

Read the rest at American Commitment.


Cory Booker's coziness with Silicon Valley is bad for New Jersey

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The bulk of Senate candidate and Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s personal wealth, according to a blockbuster New York Times expose, comes from a previously unknown company called Waywire, which styles itself as a “socially conscious” alternative to YouTube.

Waywire counts Oprah Winfrey, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter among its investors, but the tiny company (2,207 total visitors in June compared to YouTube’s 160 million) looks more like a multimillion dollar gift to Cory Booker than a real business.

Read the rest at Fox News Opinion.



Cory Booker’s Record of Economic Failure

In the first Democratic primary debate Cory Booker deigned to participate in, he placed an unwise bet on his economic record in Newark. On every economic question, Booker responded with a confident “we did it in Newark!” But does his record in Newark qualify him for promotion to the United States Senate? The facts say no.



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