Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted October 02, 2014

This is why small-government economies such as Hong Kong and Singapore tend to grow faster than the medium-government economies such as the United States and Australia. And it also explains why growth is even slower is big-government economies such as France and Italy.

Posted October 01, 2014

Much of my writing is focused on the real-world impact of government policy, and this is why I repeatedly look at the relative economic performance of big government jurisdictions and small government jurisdictions.

Posted September 30, 2014

Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go out and elect statist presidents such as Sarkozy and Hollande. In Switzerland, by contrast, voters are sensible where it counts most in the voting booth.

Posted September 29, 2014

The internal revenue code is uniquely unilateral and imperialistic, so we simultaneously hurt U.S. taxpayers and cause discord with other jurisdictions.

Posted September 28, 2014

Im a big believer that real-world examples can teach us about the benefits of good fiscal policy (think Hong Kong, Estonia, Canada, and the U.S. under Reagan and Clinton) and the costs of bad fiscal policy (France, Cyprus, Greece, and the U.S. under Bush and Obama).

Posted September 27, 2014

I believe that protecting the environment is both a good thing and a legitimate function of government. But Im rational. So while I want limits on pollution, such policies should be determined by cost-benefit analysis.

Posted September 26, 2014

Im completely embarrassed that the United States ranks 8th worst in the world... Worse than such garden spots as Greece, Mexico, and Belgium

Posted September 25, 2014

I want to challenge supporters of intervention and big government. Here are two simple questions. Ill be happy if I can get a semi-reasonable answer to either of them...

Posted September 24, 2014

Ive shared humor targeting particular bureaucracies, such as the Postal Service,IRS, TSA, Department of Energy, and National Park Service, but I dont have nearly enough material mocking government bureaucrats in general.

Posted September 23, 2014

People pay every single penny of tax that politicians impose on corporations. The investors that own companies pay (more than one time!). The workers employed by companies pay. And consumers also bear a burden thanks to business taxes that lead to higher prices and reduced output.

Posted September 22, 2014

Theres even a ranking showing which states have the greatest number of these folks who profit by creating dependency.

Posted September 21, 2014

Bureaucracies such as the Joint Committee on Taxation basically assume that the economy will be unaffected and that tax revenues will jump dramatically if tax rates are boosted by, say, 100 percent

Posted September 20, 2014

If you ask me about the most wasteful department in the federal government, Ill state that there are lots of good choices, but if forced to identify the best candidate for elimination, Ill go with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Posted September 19, 2014

People sometimes think Im strange for being so focused on the economic harm that results from third-party payer. But bear with me and well see why its a very important issue.

Posted September 18, 2014

Its difficult to promote good economic policy when some policy makers have a deeply flawed grasp of history.

Posted September 17, 2014

This Thursday, Scottish voters decide whether they want to break away from the United Kingdom and reclaim their independence. Do advocates of economic liberty in America have a dog in this fight?

Posted September 16, 2014

Ive complained over and over again that Americas tax code is a nightmare that undermines competitiveness and retards growth. Our aggregate fiscal burden may not be as high as it is for some of our foreign competitors, but high tax rates and poor design mean the system is very punitive on a per-dollar-raised basis.

Posted September 15, 2014

I appreciate clever humor, even when Im the target.

Posted September 14, 2014

Lets go with federalism and get Washington out of the business of redistribution.

Posted September 13, 2014

Im very worried about the burden of government spending. Moreover, Im quite concerned that poorly designed entitlement programs will lead to fiscal disaster. And Im especially irked that Obama made the problem worse by ramming through yet another misguided and costly health care entitlement.

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