Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted September 20, 2014

If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, Ill state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate for elimination, Ill go with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Posted September 19, 2014

People sometimes think Im strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and well see why its a very important issue.

Posted September 18, 2014

Its difficult to promote good economic policy when some policy makers have a deeply flawed grasp of history.

Posted September 17, 2014

This Thursday, Scottish voters decide whether they want to break away from the United Kingdom and reclaim their independence. Do advocates of economic liberty in America have a dog in this fight?

Posted September 16, 2014

Ive complained over and over again that Americas tax code is a nightmare that undermines competitiveness and retards growth. Our aggregate fiscal burden may not be as high as it is for some of our foreign competitors, but high tax rates and poor design mean the system is very punitive on a per-dollar-raised basis.

Posted September 15, 2014

I appreciate clever humor, even when Im the target.

Posted September 14, 2014

Lets go with federalism and get Washington out of the business of redistribution.

Posted September 13, 2014

Im very worried about the burden of government spending. Moreover, Im quite concerned that poorly designed entitlement programs will lead to fiscal disaster. And Im especially irked that Obama made the problem worse by ramming through yet another misguided and costly health care entitlement.

Posted September 12, 2014

Why is President Obama so fixated on a class-warfare agenda of higher taxes on the rich and government dependency for the poor?

Posted September 11, 2014

When asked about the most worrisome statistic for a nation, I dont say its the top marginal tax rate, even though I think class-warfare taxation is very poisonous for long-run economic performance...

Posted September 10, 2014

I periodically try to explain that theres a big difference between being pro-market and pro-business. Simply stated, policy makers shouldnt try to penalize businesses with taxes,mandates, and regulations. But neither should politicians seek to subsidize businesses.

Posted September 09, 2014

I guess its progress that both the Greek government and the New York Times are acknowledging the Laffer Curve, but this is a perfect example of why its important to be on the growth-maximizing point of the curve rather than the revenue-maximizing point.

Posted September 08, 2014

If escaping high taxes in New York is distasteful, then lots of people with lots of money already have decided to be distasteful.

Posted September 07, 2014

If there are sound economic reasons to build a road, Im not going to be opposed simply because Keynesians support the spending for the wrong reason.

Posted September 06, 2014

Its time to add to our collection of horror stories from the U.K.s government-run healthcare system...

Posted September 05, 2014

Maybe Im biased because I mostly work on fiscal policy, but it certainly seems feasible to come up with rough estimates for the damage caused by onerous taxes and excessive spending.

Posted September 04, 2014

I hate to sound like a broken record, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is once again pushing for bigger and more intrusive in the United States.

Posted September 03, 2014

I very rarely feel sorry for statists. After all, these are the people who think that their feelings of envy and inadequacy justify bigger and more coercive government.

Posted September 02, 2014

Too bad we cant get the Joint Committee on Taxation in Washington to join the 21st Century. Those bureaucrats still base their work on the preposterous assumption that taxes have no impact on overall economic performance.

Posted September 01, 2014

Theres lot of criticism of the IRS and the tax code on the Internet. Indeed, I like to think I contribute my fair share.