Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted December 20, 2014

Im a big fan of federalism for both policy and political reasons. Returning programs to the states is the best way of dealing with counterproductive income-redistribution policies such as welfare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

Posted December 19, 2014

Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, Im prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at whats been happening in our lifetimes.

Posted December 18, 2014

Were going to review two separate pieces of information, one about whether young people want to work for the federal government and another about an online poll about gun control that backfired. And both are somewhat encouraging, albeit not very scientific.

Posted December 17, 2014

With a simple and fair tax system, we could get rid of high tax rates, eliminate the double taxation that discourages saving and investment, and we could wipe out the rats nest of deductions, credits, exemptions, preferences, exclusions, and other loopholes that bribe people into making economically unwise decisions.

Posted December 16, 2014

Lets compare two politicians, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, to see which one actually has the courage to fight against powerful interest groups...

Posted December 14, 2014

If you look at where we are right now and you think victory is achieved whenever we can shrink the burden of government spending and limit Washingtons power over the nation, then the cromnibus is a victory

Posted December 13, 2014

Selection to the Moocher Hall of Fame is a special award that is bestowed upon the individuals who best exemplify the culture of loafing, laziness, and dependency that is being subsidized by our vote-buying political class.

Posted December 12, 2014

I dont know if Americans actually do commit three felonies each day, and I also dont know if 70 percent of us have committed offenses punishable by jail time, but I certainly wouldnt be surprised to learn that these numbers are correct.

Posted December 11, 2014

While there are plenty of reasons to dislike the World Bank, United Nations, and (especially) the International Monetary Fund, the worst international bureaucracy on a per-dollar spent basis has to be the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Posted December 10, 2014

Many statists are worried that Republicans may install new leadership at the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Posted December 09, 2014

Is Obama a socialist? If youre asking whether hes a big-spending interventionist, the answer is yes. But if youre asking whether the President believes in government ownership of the means of production (which is the defining issue in the socialist economic platform), the answer is no.

Posted December 08, 2014

I dont want the federal government doing any redistribution, but its particularly upsetting when politicians and bureaucrats hurt ordinary people to line the pockets of the rich.

Posted December 07, 2014

When people figure out ways to keep the money they earn in their own pockets, rather than having it confiscated by government, Im almost always happy.

Posted December 06, 2014

I wrote a few days ago that advocates of smaller government have won a very significant victory over the past five years, as measured by the fact that theres been zero growth in overall federal spending.

Posted December 05, 2014

As far as Im concerned, no honest person can look at his chart and defend the current system.

Posted December 04, 2014

The United States is burdened with some very bad policies that hinder growth and undermine competitiveness. But sometimes you can win a race if your rivals have policies that are even more self-destructive.

Posted December 03, 2014

Were going to look at some fiscal data that must be very depressing for President Obama and other advocates of big government. But that means this information must be very good news for American taxpayers!

Posted December 02, 2014

In the postscript of a previous column, I shared some of Ben Watsons wise and prudent counsel about the racial unrest in Ferguson. Today, I want to share a feel-good story to come out of that towns troubles.

Posted December 01, 2014

So federal regulations designed to help actually led to more damage. Go figure.