Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted April 16, 2014

I realize this may be a thought crime by DC standards, but it sure would be nice to eliminate the high tax rates that undermine economic growth and reduce American competitiveness. At the risk of sharing too much information, I fantasize about a world without the internal revenue code.

Posted April 15, 2014

My leftist friends, when confronted with this type of polling data, are generally dismissive. They say ordinary people are misinformed and stupid because fraud rates for government programs tend to be far lower than 50 percent.

Posted April 14, 2014

Yes, I like that America is a tax haven for foreigners, but the real moral of the story is that we should apply the same good policies to Americans.

Posted April 13, 2014

It’s amazing that some people think this botched system is a success. Let’s call it the soft bigotry of low expectations

Posted April 12, 2014

Total government spending consumed only about 10 percent of economic output, historical-size-of-govtmost nations were free from the plague of the income tax, and the value-added tax hadn’t even been invented.

Posted April 11, 2014

I certainly don’t disagree with the notion that our healthcare system is absurdly expensive and ridiculously inefficient. In other words, the folks on the left have accurately diagnosed a problem. However, do these flaws prove “the case for single payer”?

Posted April 10, 2014

President Obama and many other leftist politicians are running around the nation claiming that supposedly greedy employers are deliberately choosing to reduce their profits.

Posted April 09, 2014

One of the best ways of reducing crime is to make anti-social behavior more expensive. Simply stated, the goal is to alter the cost-benefit analysis of criminals.

Posted April 08, 2014

My tireless (and probably annoying) campaign to promote my Golden Rule of spending restraint is bearing fruit. The good folks at the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal allowed me to explain the fiscal and economic benefits that accrue when nations limit the growth of government.

Posted April 07, 2014

What’s so impressive about getting some people to sign up for plans when they can get something that’s subsidized by taxpayers or other consumers? Nothing. It's pathetic.

Posted April 06, 2014

If you specifically want to know the best and worst states, I’ve put together a list. But I’ve reversed the order. The state with the lowest tax burden is #1 while the state with the greediest politicians is #50.

Posted April 05, 2014

I’m a supporter of a single-rate tax regime, especially if there’s no double taxation of income that is saved and invested. That’s why I like the flat tax.

Posted April 04, 2014

I’m frequently baffled at the stupidity of Republicans. When they took control of Congress back in 1994, for instance, they had unrestricted ability to get rid of the bureaucrats that generated bad economic analysis at both the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office.

Posted April 03, 2014

Greetings from Obamaland! ... Well, not technically: I'm in France.

Posted April 02, 2014

Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has unveiled the GOP’s latest budget plan. Is this proposal deserving of applause or criticism? The answer is yes and yes, with a bit of emphasis on the former.

Posted April 01, 2014

Based on what’s happened in Greece and other European nations, we know from real-world evidence that even nations from the developed world can spend themselves into debt trouble. This has led to research that seeks to pinpoint when debt reaches a dangerous level.

Posted March 31, 2014

Cops entrapped an autistic teen to boost their arrest numbers in the drug war.

Posted March 30, 2014

Simply stated, Greece is a cesspool of statism. The people seem to be wonderful (at least outside of polling booths), but government intervention is pervasive and atrocious.

Posted March 29, 2014

I spoke yesterday to the Memphis Economics Club about America’s looming fiscal crisis, and I did my usual song-and-dance routine. But I confess I was stumped when someone from the audience asked about the Obama Administration’s strategy on Obamacare...

Posted March 28, 2014

When you support limited government and individual freedom, you don’t enjoy many victories. Particularly if you’re relying on the U.S. Senate. But it does occasionally happens.