Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy at the Cato Institute. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition.

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May 12, 2016, 10:45 AM EDT
Fans of the Gipper tell us the economy rebounded, inflation was tamed, incomes rose, unemployment fell, and the Evil Empire was defeated. What’s not to love?
May 5, 2016, 2:53 PM EDT
Imagine if you had the chance to play basketball against a superstar from the NBA like Stephen Curry.
May 4, 2016, 10:10 AM EDT
Let’s take a look at President Obama’s economic legacy.
April 28, 2016, 10:11 AM EDT
There’s a very powerful statement, variously attributed to Alexis de Toqueville, Benjamin Franklin, or Alexander Tytler, that basically warns that democracy is doomed when people figure out they can vote themselves money.
April 19, 2016, 3:21 PM EDT
Maybe future events will require a reassessment, but right now the biggest danger to the western world isn’t terrorism. Nor is it climate change or Zika.
April 14, 2016, 5:09 PM EDT
I recently wrote about gun control, noting how there’s less murder in demographically similar U.S. states than there is in matching Canadian provinces. This is one of the reasons why I’m optimistic about protecting the Second Amendment. The empirical evidence is so strong that law-abiding people are safer in well-armed societies.
April 8, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT
I wrote a couple of days ago about the “Panama Papers” issue and touched on the key issues. I explained that this non-scandal scandal is simply another chapter in the never-ending war by high-tax governments against tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy.
April 7, 2016, 4:34 PM EDT
Three years ago, thieves stole a bunch of information from “offshore” service providers in the Cook Islands and British Virgin Islands. This was supposed to be a ground-breaking exposé with huge ramifications, but it turned out to be a tempest in a teapot. As I pointed out at the time, all that we really learned is that people who use offshore services are generally honest and law-abiding. And they definitely had far more integrity than the politicians who routinely attack the offshore world.
April 5, 2016, 3:32 PM EDT
Australia is one of my favorite nations, and not just because the people are friendly.
March 30, 2016, 3:53 PM EDT
The President’s implication that there’s some kind of equivalence between capitalism and communism, which both systems having desirable features, is morally offensive. It is sort of like saying that we should “choose from what works” in Hitler’s National Socialism.
March 8, 2016, 4:59 PM EST
The most depressing data about America’s economy is not the top tax rate, the regulatory burden, or the level of wasteful government spending.
March 3, 2016, 2:57 PM EST
Although it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it warrants, one of the greatest threats to liberty and prosperity is the potential curtailment and elimination of cash.
February 25, 2016, 11:32 AM EST
Folks on the left tell us that they want to help the less fortunate.
February 22, 2016, 5:34 PM EST
Imagine what it would be like to place a very serious call and to be treated like an afterthought.
February 9, 2016, 4:54 PM EST
We have good news and bad news. The good news is that President Obama has unveiled his final budget. The bad news is that it’s a roadmap for an ever-growing burden of government spending.
February 1, 2016, 2:27 PM EST
The Index of Economic Freedom, my favorite Heritage Foundation publication, was released today, and if you’re an American reader, you probably won’t be happy to learn that the United States has never had a lower score.
January 29, 2016, 5:21 PM EST
I wrote last year about the moral vacuum that exists in Europe because gun control laws in nations like France make it very difficult for Jews to protect themselves from barbaric attacks.
January 22, 2016, 11:45 AM EST
When I wrote back in 2012 that France was committing fiscal suicide, I should have guessed that President Hollande would get impatient and push for even more statism.
January 19, 2016, 4:32 PM EST
Let’s dig into the issue of whether the United States should become more like France.
January 14, 2016, 10:35 AM EST
I normally enjoy working for the Cato Institute since it’s a principled and effective organization.