Daniel J. Mitchell

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.

Posted April 17, 2015

Whats Americas main fiscal policy challenge, particularly in the long run?

Posted April 16, 2015

I realize its tax week and I should be condemning our convoluted tax code and oppressive IRS.

Posted April 14, 2015

Whats the Laffer Curve? Its the simple, common-sense observation that theres not a linear relationship between tax rates and tax revenue.

Posted April 11, 2015

Free trade is a good moral concept for the simple reason that politicians and bureaucrats should not be allowed to interfere with voluntary transactions between consenting adults.

Posted April 10, 2015

Ive often complained that government-created third-party payer is the main problem with Americas healthcare system, and I was making that point well before Obamacare was imposed upon the country.

Posted April 09, 2015

With tax day looming, lets wallow in misery by contemplating the burden on Americas taxpayers.

Posted April 08, 2015

Whats the most important factor for economic progress?

Posted April 07, 2015

When writing about the Golden State, I generally focus on fiscal policy. After all, California is trying to become the France of America by imposing punitive tax rates and continuously expanding the burden of government spending.

Posted April 06, 2015

Ive written many times about the shortcomings of government schools at the K-12 level. We spend more on our kids than any other nation, yet our test scores are comparatively dismal.

Posted April 02, 2015

When describing their view of government and public policy, libertarians and constitutional conservatives sometimes use a variation of this phrase: Not everything thats illegal is immoral, and not everything thats immoral should be illegal.

Posted April 01, 2015

Its amazingly simple to reduce the burden of government spending. Policy makers simply need to impose some modest spending restraint so that government doesnt grow faster than the economys productive sector.

Posted March 31, 2015

This is the 6th Anniversary of my first post on International Liberty.

Posted March 28, 2015

This is a column I never expected to write. Thats because Im going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Posted March 26, 2015

Last week, I applauded the Chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees for proposing budgets that complied with my Golden Rule, which means the burden of government would grow slower than the private sector.

Posted March 25, 2015

With tax day fast approaching, its time to write about our good friends at the Internal Revenue Service.

Posted March 24, 2015

If there was a truth-in-advertizing requirement, the OECD would be forced to admit that its mission is to promote policies that will increase the size, scope and power of government.

Posted March 23, 2015

To be blunt, imposing a big national sales tax in addition to the income tax would be a horrible defeat for advocates of limited government. A VAT would lead to more spending and more debt.

Posted March 21, 2015

No other nation in the world spends as much on education as the United States. According to our leftist friends, who prefer to measure inputs rather than outputs, this is a cause for celebration. I guess it shows we have the best intentions.