Daniel J. Mitchell

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.

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.