Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted March 01, 2015

The fact that Obama hasnt been able to make additional progress is not really a victory. Its simply a stalemate.

Posted February 28, 2015

On the issue of so-called progressive taxation, our left-wing friends have conflicting goals. Some of them want to maximize tax revenue in order to finance ever-bigger government. But others are much more motivated by a desire to punish success.

Posted February 27, 2015

Lets look at the profoundly perverse way that the federal government is using the refugee program to expand the problem of dependency.

Posted February 26, 2015

To save the nation from a future Greek-style fiscal meltdown, we should reform entitlements. But as part of the effort to restore limited, constitutional government, we also should shut down various departments that deal with issues that shouldnt be handled by a big central government.

Posted February 25, 2015

Since Im in the United Kingdom, its appropriate to announce that another Briton has been elected to the Moocher Hall of Fame.

Posted February 24, 2015

Im sure such government actions have a negative economic impact, but this is a case where the moral argument should take precedence.

Posted February 23, 2015

The tax code seems to get worse every year, and even though weve made some progress in recent years on spending, the long-run outlook is still very grim because theres hasnt been genuine entitlement reform.

Posted February 22, 2015

If paying taxes for poor service makes a government illegitimate, I guess that means the State Department thinks the President should resign.

Posted February 21, 2015

Remember Solyndra, the festering symbol of green-energy corruption that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money being flushed down the toilet? Based on the ratio of energy produced compared to insider enrichment, the entire green-energy racket is a sleazy boondoggle.

Posted February 20, 2015

Since Liberals relentlessly insist that we can have bigger government, higher taxes, more regulation, and added intervention without any negative impact on economic performance, I asked them to identify a single country that became rich following their policies.

Posted February 19, 2015

Theres a big fiscal battle happening in Europe. The relatively new Greek government is demanding continued handouts from the rest of Europe, but it wants to renege on at least some of the countrys prior commitments.

Posted February 18, 2015

If the Court rules correctly (unlike, ahem, the last time the Justices dealt with Obamacare), it will then be very important that congressional reformers use the resulting mess to unwind as much of the law as possible.

Posted February 17, 2015

Given the self-inflicted wound of worldwide taxation, particularly when combined with the worlds highest corporate tax rate, its easy to understand why some companies engage in inversions and become foreign-domiciled firms.

Posted February 16, 2015

The Internet has made all of our lives better, in part because theres been an accidental policy of benign neglect from Washington.

Posted February 15, 2015

You get very bad results when politicians replace the invisible hand of the market with the visible foot of government.

Posted February 14, 2015

Simply stated, the political class is so anxious to get more of our money that they impose punitive tax rates that fail to generate the desired amount of revenue.

Posted February 13, 2015

Heck, in many ways, government has morphed into a racket designed to enrich the lobbyists, insiders, contractors, bureaucrats, and politicians.

Posted February 12, 2015

Ive written several times about the importance of appointing sensible people to head the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). Heck, making reforms to these Capitol Hill bureaucracies is a basic competency test for Republicans.

Posted February 11, 2015

There was one small part of a recent interview, dealing with the silly claim that America became a rich nation because of socialism, that got me all agitated. Well, to quote the great Yogi Berra, its deja vu all over again.

Posted February 10, 2015

I suspect that most Americans, if asked to list the biggest economic success story in the United States over the past few decades, would list high tech and the Internet... And now the government wants to start regulating it.