Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted August 30, 2014

If were creating a Bureaucrat Hall of Fame, I wont want to discriminate against foreigners. The U.K.-based Telegraph reports, for instance, that an unnamed doctor from Italy is a very worthy candidate for this award.

Posted August 29, 2014

I wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal last week about the policy debate over whether its better to lower tax rates or to provide targeted tax cuts for parents. I wasnt surprised to learn that not everyone agreed with my analysis.

Posted August 28, 2014

Since Ive been in Washington for nearly three decades, Im used to foolish demagoguery. But the lefts reaction to corporate inversions takes political rhetoric to a new level of dishonesty.

Posted August 27, 2014

The Export-Import Bank is noxiously corrupt example of crony capitalism. It never should have been created. But thats something we could say about most government programs. So the real question is how to reverse the damage.

Posted August 26, 2014

Remember when Paul Krugman warned that there was a plot against France? He asserted that critics wanted to undermine the great success of Frances social model.

Posted August 25, 2014

Politicians will never want to hear this message, but government spending undermines economic performance by diverting resources from the the economys productive sector.

Posted August 24, 2014

So why is the ostensibly right-of-center government of Australia copying Obamas class warfare tax policy? Beats me, though Im told its because the politicians in Canberra (the nations capital) think this will appease the left and show fairness.

Posted August 23, 2014

Thanks to Mark Steyn, we have a story that exemplifies both the brain-dead nature of the public sector and the nasty nature of our bureaucratic overlords.

Posted August 22, 2014

Some folks on the right in Washington, generally known as reformicons (short for reform conservatives), want the Republican Party to de-emphasize marginal tax rate reductions and instead focus on providing tax relief to parents.

Posted August 21, 2014

Wow. Billions of dollars of fraud and the government to this day still cant figure out the level of theft. This sounds about right.

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.


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