Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted October 07, 2015

Since its basically a way of protecting property rights, environmental protection is a legitimate function of government.

Posted October 01, 2015

Perhaps the least recognized and least appreciated triumph of the GOP Congress is the de facto spending freeze between 2009 and 2014.

Posted September 29, 2015

Its been a challenge to assess Donald Trumps fiscal policies since theyve been an eclectic and evolving mix of good and bad soundbites.

Posted September 25, 2015

As we get deeper into an election season, many politicians feel compelled to discuss how to deal with poverty. And some of them may even be serious about trying to improve the system.

Posted September 18, 2015

Almost everyone in Washington is talking about last nights GOP debate. I sent out a few tweets as I watched, and my main after-the-fact observation is that there was very little discussion about the ever-growing burden of government spending, which is Americas most pressing economic problem.

Posted September 08, 2015

Back in 2013, my colleagues at the Cato Institute, Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes, released a study looking at the value of welfare programs in various states.

Posted September 04, 2015

Like Sisyphus pushing the rock up a hill, I keep trying to convince my leftist friends that growth is the best way to help the poor. I routinely share new evidence and provide real-world data in hopes that they will realize that good results are more important than good intentions.

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.