Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted November 26, 2014

I generally focus on the profligate habits and abusive tactics of the federal government in Washington, but that doesnt mean other levels of government are well behaved.

Posted November 25, 2014

Since Ive accused the Congressional Budget Office of witch doctor economics and gypsy forecasting, its obvious Im not a big fan of the organizations approach to fiscal analysis.

Posted November 24, 2014

Consider the way a select handful of big companies use the Export-Import Bank to obtain undeserved profits.

Posted November 23, 2014

It galls me to hear demagogic politicians like Obama make absurd statements about unpatriotic corporations that re-domicile overseas when the problem is entirely the result of bad policy that penalizes U.S.-domiciled firms trying to compete in global markets.

Posted November 22, 2014

Tax competition is a very important tool for constraining the greed of the political class. Simply stated, politicians are less likely to impose bad tax policy if they are afraid that jobs and investment (and accompanying tax revenue) will move to jurisdictions with better tax policy.

Posted November 21, 2014

When the government uses the threat of force to take from Person A to give to Person B, it simultaneously reduces Person As incentives to produce while also luring Person B into dependency. But not all coerced redistribution and government intervention is created equal.

Posted November 20, 2014

A couple of days ago, I wrote that Republicans should not be intimidated if the White House threatens a government shutdown. Simply stated, prior shutdowns have yielded meaningful policy victories without causing measurable political damage.

Posted November 19, 2014

Many people know Adam Smith wrote An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, but he also wroteThe Theory of Moral Sentiments in the 1700s, and that book deals with issues relating to social capital.

Posted November 18, 2014

Notwithstanding the landslide rejection of Obama and his policies in the mid-term election, I dont think this will produce big changes in policy over the next two years.

Posted November 17, 2014

Our newest entrant in the Moocher Hall of Fame is symbolic of whats wrong with the mental attitude of too many people in todays welfare states.

Posted November 16, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) are congressional bureaucracies that wield tremendous power on Capitol Hill because of their role as fiscal scorekeepers and referees.

Posted November 16, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) are congressional bureaucracies that wield tremendous power on Capitol Hill because of their role as fiscal scorekeepers and referees.

Posted November 15, 2014

Does my opposition to more regulation and red tape make me a knee-jerk ideologue? I suppose so, though I think its simply a common-sense instinct. After all, its very difficult to come up with a list of successful interventions by government.

Posted November 14, 2014

Ive been fretting for a long time that poorly designed entitlement programs are going to turn America into a decrepit welfare state.

Posted November 13, 2014

So did the Republican wave in the mid-term elections make reform more likely? Interestingly, the normally left-leaning Washington Post editorial page seems to have the right attitude about the issue.

Posted November 12, 2014

Some of my left-wing friends have groused that Democrats didnt do well in the mid-term elections because they failed to highlight Americas strong economic performance. Im tempted to ask what strong economic performance?!?

Posted November 11, 2014

Mark Steyn humorously observed, our government is more expensive than any government in history and we have nothing to show for it.

Posted November 10, 2014

Heres some very good news about the United States.

Posted November 09, 2014

The only tax-oriented cartoons that have some economic education include this Chuck Asay cartoon includes some basic observations on incentives, but his main point is about vote-buying rather than economics.

Posted November 08, 2014

Its not uncommon for people to accuse libertarians of using scare tactics and hyperbole.