Daniel J. Mitchell

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.

Posted May 05, 2015

The standard argument against an easy-money policy is that it creates distortions in an economy that lead to either rapid increases in the price level, like we endured in the 1970s, or unsustainable asset bubbles, like we experienced last decade.

Posted May 04, 2015

Even small differences in economic growth make a big difference to living standards over time.

Posted May 02, 2015

For the people of China, theres good news and bad news.

Posted April 28, 2015

A nations prosperity is determined by the quantity and quality of labor and capital that are productively utilized.

Posted April 24, 2015

When writing about economic growth, my usual approach is to point out that more output is a function of increases in the quantity and quality of labor capital.

Posted April 23, 2015

I dont understand the lefts myopic fixation on income inequality. If they genuinely care about the less fortunate, they should be focused on policies that produce higher incomes.

Posted April 22, 2015

There are some things in life that are guaranteed to make me smile.

Posted April 21, 2015

Who benefits most from the death tax?

Posted April 20, 2015

Ive sometimes asserted, only half-jokingly, that statists believe all of our income belongs to the government and that we should be grateful if were allowed to keep any slice of what we earn.

Posted April 17, 2015

Whats Americas main fiscal policy challenge, particularly in the long run?

Posted April 16, 2015

I realize its tax week and I should be condemning our convoluted tax code and oppressive IRS.

Posted April 14, 2015

Whats the Laffer Curve? Its the simple, common-sense observation that theres not a linear relationship between tax rates and tax revenue.

Posted April 11, 2015

Free trade is a good moral concept for the simple reason that politicians and bureaucrats should not be allowed to interfere with voluntary transactions between consenting adults.

Posted April 10, 2015

Ive often complained that government-created third-party payer is the main problem with Americas healthcare system, and I was making that point well before Obamacare was imposed upon the country.