Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted August 20, 2014

What do cigarettes and capital gains have in common? Well, they both start with the same letter, so maybe the Cookie Monster could incorporate them into his favorite song, but Im thinking about something else.

Posted August 19, 2014

I agree that something is wrong with the economy. But I disagree with the Keynesian interpretation that the economys weakness is because of some mysterious malady that requires government intervention.

Posted August 18, 2014

I’m glad that Obamacare isn’t paying for itself since that simply means lots of taxes to accompany all the additional spending.

Posted August 17, 2014

I’m glad to see that many Americans feel that government and politicians are their leading cause of daily stress.

Posted August 16, 2014

I don’t like international bureaucracies because they generally push for policies that expand the burden of government and undermine economic growth. But...

Posted August 15, 2014

I work at the libertarian Cato Institute (aka, America’s most effective think tank), and I think libertarianism is the philosophy that best reflects human decency. But I sometimes wonder why libertarians aren’t more persuasive and why there aren’t any libertarian societies.

Posted August 14, 2014

It seems the entire Obama Administration was in favor of inversions just a couple of years ago. Check out these examples...

Posted August 13, 2014

As a libertarian, it’s easy for me to get agitated about the theoretical burden of high taxes, wasteful spending, and costly regulation. But even regular people should get upset when they get exposed to specific examples of individuals who are victimized by abusive government.

Posted August 12, 2014

As an American taxpayer, I’m glad to learn that there are other nations that squander more money on civil servants. But I get the feeling that the crowd in Washington is miffed that the United States didn’t wind up at the top of the list.

Posted August 11, 2014

Why is the program becoming an ever-larger fiscal burden? The answer boils down to demographics. Simply stated, we will have more and more old people and fewer and fewer younger workers.

Posted August 10, 2014

When I talk to people about libertarianism, they often will say something mildly supportive such as: “I like the idea of getting government out of my wallet and out of my bedroom.”

Posted August 09, 2014

Professor Dorfman writes that “such a consumption tax has much to recommend it from an economic point of view” but then warns that he “cannot support the Fair Tax as long as its backers continue to make implausible claims for their proposed reform.”

Posted August 08, 2014

?Have you ever wondered why, in a hypothetical match-up, the American people would elect Ronald Reagan over Barack Obama in a landslide?

Posted August 07, 2014

Rather than divorce or mass emigration, what if Liberals and Conservatives could resolve our differences and live together in peace and tranquility?

Posted August 06, 2014

It’s time to admit that competition isn’t always a good idea. Particularly when international bureaucracies compete to see which one can promote the most-destructive pro-tax policies.

Posted August 05, 2014

It seems that SWAT teams have too much time on their hands and are now conducting raids on old folks playing cards.

Posted August 04, 2014

we’re going to look at some great moments in government-run healthcare in both the United States and the United Kingdom

Posted August 03, 2014

I’ve previously explained that I’m very sympathetic to the notion that Israel has a right to defend itself.

Posted August 02, 2014

Our topic today is humor. Or maybe it’s hypocrisy. Or perhaps it’s duplicity. Heck, it’s all of those things and more. Why? Because a leading supporter of Obamacare has been caught with his pants down.

Posted August 01, 2014

The real question, though, is whether politicians in America would be willing to adopt the entitlement reforms that are needed to control the long-run growth of spending.?


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