Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted April 24, 2014

So what’s the rationale for overpaid bureaucrats? Defenders of the status quo claim that high pay is necessary to attract skilled professionals. Needless to say, that’s not true.

Posted April 23, 2014

About one year ago, I decided to create a “Moocher Hall of Fame” to highlight how certain people went above and beyond the call of indolence in their efforts to sponge off taxpayers.

Posted April 22, 2014

I’m in favor of free markets. That means I’m sometimes on the same side as big business, but it also means that I’m often very critical of big business.

Posted April 21, 2014

Take a look at this impressive graphic. We’re #1 in some bad ways, but it seems we’re also #1 in a very good way.

Posted April 20, 2014

What happens if there are fewer people who want to watch female sports? Should there be a requirement to build bleachers that are mostly empty?

Posted April 19, 2014

I’m ecumenical on tax reform. I’ll support any plan that rips up the internal revenue code and instead lowers tax rates, reduces double taxation, and cuts out distorting loopholes.

Posted April 18, 2014

If Obamacare is a success, as the White House and establishment media would like us to believe, then why is the Obama Administration so anxious to hide the numbers?

Posted April 17, 2014

As a supporter of genuine capitalism, which means the right of contract and the absence of coercion, I don’t think there should be any policies that help or hinder unions. The government should simply be a neutral referee that enforces contracts and upholds the rule of law.

Posted April 16, 2014

I realize this may be a thought crime by DC standards, but it sure would be nice to eliminate the high tax rates that undermine economic growth and reduce American competitiveness. At the risk of sharing too much information, I fantasize about a world without the internal revenue code.

Posted April 15, 2014

My leftist friends, when confronted with this type of polling data, are generally dismissive. They say ordinary people are misinformed and stupid because fraud rates for government programs tend to be far lower than 50 percent.

Posted April 14, 2014

Yes, I like that America is a tax haven for foreigners, but the real moral of the story is that we should apply the same good policies to Americans.

Posted April 13, 2014

It’s amazing that some people think this botched system is a success. Let’s call it the soft bigotry of low expectations

Posted April 12, 2014

Total government spending consumed only about 10 percent of economic output, historical-size-of-govtmost nations were free from the plague of the income tax, and the value-added tax hadn’t even been invented.

Posted April 11, 2014

I certainly don’t disagree with the notion that our healthcare system is absurdly expensive and ridiculously inefficient. In other words, the folks on the left have accurately diagnosed a problem. However, do these flaws prove “the case for single payer”?

Posted April 10, 2014

President Obama and many other leftist politicians are running around the nation claiming that supposedly greedy employers are deliberately choosing to reduce their profits.

Posted April 09, 2014

One of the best ways of reducing crime is to make anti-social behavior more expensive. Simply stated, the goal is to alter the cost-benefit analysis of criminals.

Posted April 08, 2014

My tireless (and probably annoying) campaign to promote my Golden Rule of spending restraint is bearing fruit. The good folks at the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal allowed me to explain the fiscal and economic benefits that accrue when nations limit the growth of government.

Posted April 07, 2014

What’s so impressive about getting some people to sign up for plans when they can get something that’s subsidized by taxpayers or other consumers? Nothing. It's pathetic.

Posted April 06, 2014

If you specifically want to know the best and worst states, I’ve put together a list. But I’ve reversed the order. The state with the lowest tax burden is #1 while the state with the greediest politicians is #50.

Posted April 05, 2014

I’m a supporter of a single-rate tax regime, especially if there’s no double taxation of income that is saved and invested. That’s why I like the flat tax.