Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted July 26, 2014

I’ve had some fun over the years by pointing out that Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So I shouldn’t be surprised that he wants to catch me making an error. But I’m not sure his “gotcha” moment is very persuasive.

Posted July 25, 2014

The good news is that there are signs of progress, at least outside the United States. Denmark, for instance, has cut back on its welfare state. And now, even the United Kingdom has engaged in some serious welfare reform.

Posted July 24, 2014

Hong Kong is supposed to be Nirvana for libertarians. It holds the top spot in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings. It has an optional flat tax. It has a private retirement system. And based on IMF data, government spending “only” consumes 18.4 percent of GDP.

Posted July 23, 2014

In some sense, there’s nothing remotely funny about the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party organizations. It is disgusting that a powerful arm of the government became a corrupt vehicle for illegal partisan politics.

Posted July 22, 2014

When you’re trying to convince politicians to give up power and money, it takes a lot repetition. So, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter, here we go again.

Posted July 21, 2014

Posted July 19, 2014

Last month, I nailed Bill and Hillary Clinton for their gross hypocrisy on the death tax. But that’s just one example. Today, we’re going to experience a festival of statist hypocrisy.

Posted July 18, 2014

I’ve already cited Obamacare, the tax code, and the Export-Import Bank as facilitators of corruption. Let’s augment that list by looking at government intervention in the financial sector.

Posted July 17, 2014

Kudos to Generation Opportunity for putting together such clever videos. But I think their most recent video is a true masterpiece. It manages to showcase almost all the bad features of Obamacare in a short, amusing, pithy form.

Posted July 16, 2014

I thought TARP was the sleaziest-ever example of cronyism and corruption in Washington... But I may have to reassess my views.

Posted July 15, 2014

Medicaid's "almost-free money” isn’t free, of course. It’s simply money that the federal government (rather than state governments) is diverting from the productive sector of the economy.

Posted July 13, 2014

I’m not overly encouraged by the answers from these so-called millenials. Heck, I’m tempted to say that the voting age should be raised to 30.

Posted July 12, 2014

Why do statists make so many mistakes with data? Paul Krugman, for instance, has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such asFrance, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Posted July 10, 2014

I suspect advocates of economic liberty and smaller government won’t win the debate unless we augment our arguments by also making the moral case against government-sanctioned theft.

Posted July 09, 2014

Over the past several years, I’ve repeatedly argued that you get more unemployment when the government pays people to be unemployed. But I’m not just relying on theory. I’ve cited both anecdotes and empirical research to bolster my case.

Posted July 08, 2014

I’ve shared lots of data and evidence about the harmful economic impact of government spending. Simply stated, budgetary outlays divert resources from more productive uses. And this results in labor and capital being misallocated, leading to less economic output.

Posted July 07, 2014

If you believe Nancy Pelosi, unemployment handouts actually are good for the economy!

Posted July 06, 2014

Today’s question deals with the part of the tax system is most harmful to the economy, on a per-dollar-collected basis.