President Obama will have a relatively free hand to move forward with his regulatory agenda, including an ozone rule that could destroy more than seven million jobs. His overall regulatory agenda will cost the economy at least $515 billion according to an analysis by the National Federation of Independent Business, and Congress will be able to do little about it but hold oversight hearings. But many of these regulations will be litigated, and everything done without the benefit of legislation can be undone in the next Republican administration.
The bottom line is President Obama was reelected on a series of small-ball issues and technological prowess, but his big ideas are the same ones that failed in his first term. For conservative activists, this is no time to despair. It’s time to fight again – and from a much stronger position than four years ago.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.