Articles by Phil Kerpen

Conservatives’ split on tax bill overstated


From Phil Kerpen, director of policy, Americans for Prosperity

A recent article (“Conservatives break with GOP leaders on a tax bill,” Jessica Holzer, July 18) seriously overstated the evidence of a split among conservatives on the issue of raising taxes on carried interest capital gains. So much so that it left many of us on the center-right shaking our heads in confusion.

Bad Spectrum Analysis

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Proposed FCC auction rules would benefit the big Internet content guys at the expense of taxpayers and consumers.

By Phil Kerpen

Big-government fever, rampant for months in Congress, now appears to have spread to the Federal Communications Commission, which may be poised to include an onerous regulation of wireless phone service in its rules for an upcoming spectrum auction.

An All-Out Tax Assault on Capital Gains


The ramifications are dire for the U.S. economy, federal revenues, and ordinary investors.

By Phil Kerpen

When the Senate bill to raise taxes on publicly traded private-equity partnerships first appeared, I suggested that it could be the precursor of legislation to hike taxes on all investment partnerships. And so it was.

Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.) has introduced a bill that would raise taxes on all partnership performance fees from the capital-gains rate, currently 15 percent, to ordinary income-tax rates, currently as high as 35 percent. If successful, this measure could lead to the elimination of the capital-gains tax rate for everyone, replacing it with much higher personal rates. The ramifications of this are dire for the U.S. economy, federal revenues, and ordinary investors.

Undebatably, A Useful Tool for D.C. Schools


Sunday, June 24, 2007; Page B08

The Senate is often referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body, and it is home to some of the most important debates in the world.

Yet in its shadow has been a school system that is deficient in academic debate -- the training ground that has taught many senators their craft and has prepared countless Americans for their professions. As recently as five years ago, there was no organized debate in the District's public schools. Since then, the District of Columbia Urban Debate League has had success, but it faces enormous barriers.

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