Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted February 01, 2016

Whats the difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?

Posted January 25, 2016

I spend a lot of time mocking statists, and with good reasons.

Posted January 20, 2016

When I wrote back in 2012 that France was committing fiscal suicide, I should have guessed that President Hollande would get impatient and push for even more statism.

Posted January 12, 2016

The long-term trend in China is positive. Economic reforms beginning in the late 1970s have helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of abject poverty.

Posted January 06, 2016

When I compared the tax reform proposals of various 2016 presidential candidates last month, Ben Carson got the best grade by a slight margin.

Posted December 30, 2015

When I get my daily email from the editorial page of the New York Times, I scroll through to see whether theres anything on economic issues I should read.

Posted December 28, 2015

Politicians hate cash. That may seem an odd assertion given that they love spending money (other peoples money, of course). But what Im talking about is the fact that politicians get upset when theres not 100 percent compliance with tax laws.

Posted December 28, 2015

I wrote yesterday that governments want to eliminate cash in order to make it easier to squeeze more money from taxpayers.

Posted November 17, 2015

Since Im a big fan of the Laffer Curve, Im always interested in real-world examples showing good results when governments reduce marginal tax rates on productive activity.

Posted October 26, 2015

Its time for a lesson in tax economics.

Posted October 23, 2015

We should fondly remember the great, late Margaret Thatcher for several reasons, most notably because she saved the United Kingdom from economic collapse.

Posted October 08, 2015

Remember the scene in Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail, when the Knights of the Round Table have to answer three questions before they can cross the Bridge of Death?

Posted October 07, 2015

Since its basically a way of protecting property rights, environmental protection is a legitimate function of government.

Posted October 01, 2015

Perhaps the least recognized and least appreciated triumph of the GOP Congress is the de facto spending freeze between 2009 and 2014.

Posted September 29, 2015

Its been a challenge to assess Donald Trumps fiscal policies since theyve been an eclectic and evolving mix of good and bad soundbites.

Posted September 25, 2015

As we get deeper into an election season, many politicians feel compelled to discuss how to deal with poverty. And some of them may even be serious about trying to improve the system.

Posted September 18, 2015

Almost everyone in Washington is talking about last nights GOP debate. I sent out a few tweets as I watched, and my main after-the-fact observation is that there was very little discussion about the ever-growing burden of government spending, which is Americas most pressing economic problem.

Posted September 08, 2015

Back in 2013, my colleagues at the Cato Institute, Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes, released a study looking at the value of welfare programs in various states.

Posted September 04, 2015

Like Sisyphus pushing the rock up a hill, I keep trying to convince my leftist friends that growth is the best way to help the poor. I routinely share new evidence and provide real-world data in hopes that they will realize that good results are more important than good intentions.

Posted September 02, 2015

we should accept the fact that politicians are pathologically ambitious narcissists (which is why these jokes and cartoons are so funny) and simply try to figure out whether they might be vehicles for good and necessary reforms.

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