Daniel J. Mitchell

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.

Posted August 31, 2015

Socialism is an economic failure. International socialism didnt work in the Soviet Union. National socialism didnt work in Germany. And democratic socialism, while avoiding the horrors of its communist and Nazi cousins, also has been a flop.

Posted August 25, 2015

This century has not been good news for economic liberty in the United States.

Posted August 18, 2015

The United States has what is arguably the worst business tax system of any nation.

Posted August 13, 2015

I never watched That 70s Show, but according to Wikipedia, the comedy program addressed social issues of the 1970s. Assuming thats true, they need a sequel that addresses economic issues of the 1970s. And the star of the program could be the Congressional Budget Office, a Capitol Hill bureaucracy that apparently still believes notwithstanding all the evidence of recent decades in the primitive Keynesian view that a larger burden of government spending is somehow good for economic growth and job creation.

Posted August 12, 2015

Lets celebrate some good news. When politicians can be convinced (or pressured) to exercise even a modest bit of spending restraint, its remarkably simple to get positive results.

Posted August 10, 2015

Whats the best way to understand the burden of government regulation and red tape?

Posted August 07, 2015

I have a very mixed view of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is an organization representing self-styled deficit hawks in Washington.

Posted July 29, 2015

Remember the big debt limit fight of 2013? The political establishment at the time went overboard with hysterical rhetoric about potential instability in financial markets.

Posted July 28, 2015

If you want to pinpoint the leading source of bad economic policy proposals, I would understand if someone suggested the Obama Administration.

Posted July 24, 2015

The conventional wisdom, pushed by the IMF and others, is that Greeces economy will never recover unless there is substantial debt relief.

Posted July 23, 2015

Im very fond of Estonia, and not just because of the scenery. Back in the early 1990s, it was the first post-communist nation to adopt a flat tax.

Posted July 21, 2015

For understandable reasons, the fiscal mess in Greece has dominated the European economic headlines.

Posted July 17, 2015

I suggested a couple of months ago that the economic turmoil in Greece and Venezuela is somewhat akin to a real-life version of Atlas Shrugged.

Posted June 22, 2015

When I wrote the other day that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development was the worst international bureaucracy, I must have caused some envy at the International Monetary Fund.

Posted May 21, 2015

In my ultimate fantasy world, Washington wouldnt need any sort of broad-based tax because we succeeded in shrinking the federal government back to the very limited size and scope envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

Posted May 19, 2015

I almost feel sorry for my leftist friends. Whenever theres a story about a crazed shooter, they invariably speculate that its someone affiliated with the Tea Party. So they must be sad when it turns out to be a random nut or in some cases a leftist.

Posted May 16, 2015

Theres an old saying that you shouldnt bite the hand that feeds you. Unfortunately, politicians in Washington dont follow that advice.

Posted May 12, 2015

America has a giant long-run problem largely caused by poorly designed entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Posted May 06, 2015

Okay, Ill admit right away that the title of this column is an exaggeration.