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.

My Articles

December 17, 2015, 10:54 AM EST
As you can see from this interview, I get rather frustrated by the minimum wage debate. I’m baffled that some people don’t realize that jobs won’t be created unless it’s profitable to create them.
December 16, 2015, 4:00 PM EST
I almost feel sorry for the gun-control crowd.
December 11, 2015, 2:33 PM EST
In 2012, I shared some important observations from Jeffrey Goldberg, a left-leaning writer for The Atlantic. In his column, he basically admitted his side was wrong about gun control.
November 30, 2015, 10:48 AM EST
I may have to change my mind. When asked a few years ago to pick which department in Washington most deserved to be eliminated, I chose the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
October 29, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT
During the 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan famously said “there you go again” when responding to one of Jimmy Carter’s attacks.
October 22, 2015, 11:16 AM EDT
More than two years ago, I cited some solid research from the Tax Foundation to debunk some misguided analysis from the New York Times about the taxation of multinational companies.
September 28, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
Like many Americans, I’m suffering from Obamacare fatigue.
September 22, 2015, 10:28 AM EDT
In a perverse way, I admire leftists who openly express their desire for bigger government and less liberty.
September 17, 2015, 10:16 AM EDT
Socialism is an economic failure. International socialism didn’t work in the Soviet Union. National socialism didn’t work in Germany. And democratic socialism, while avoiding the horrors of its communist and Nazi cousins, also has been a flop.
August 18, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT
Even a wonky economist like me realizes that there is more to life than economic liberty. So I was very excited to see that Ian Vásquez of the Cato Institute and Tanja Porčnik of the Visio Institute have put together The Human Freedom Index.
July 30, 2015, 10:05 AM EDT
It looks like we’ll now be forced to use dishwashers that don’t clean dishes thanks to proposed regulations that will reduce water use (which is in addition to a 2012 regulation that already restricted water use).
July 23, 2015, 2:27 PM EDT
This sign didn’t stop the attack. It may have even encouraged the attack.
July 9, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT
Based on a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, I wrote two weeks ago about America’s dismal long-run fiscal outlook. Simply stated, we face a Greek-style fiscal future because of changing demographics and poorly designed entitlement programs.
June 11, 2015, 11:20 AM EDT
Every so often, I’ll assert that some statists are so consumed by envy and spite that they favor high tax rates on the “rich” even if the net effect (because of diminished economic output) is less revenue for government.
June 3, 2015, 3:41 PM EDT
The Census Bureau has just released a report looking at the share of the population receiving “means-tested” benefits, which is the term for programs targeting low-income recipients. Here are some of the highlights (or lowlights) from the accompanying release.
May 29, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT
When I debate class warfare issues, here’s something that happens with depressing regularity.
May 27, 2015, 11:59 AM EDT
Every so often, there’s an insightful piece from The New York Times that is worth sharing rather than worth mocking. And that’s the case with a column by Claire Cain Miller on the unintended negative consequences of policies that ostensibly are supposed to help women but actually hurt them.
May 20, 2015, 2:57 PM EDT
Since I’m an advocate of smaller government, you might imagine I’m perpetually depressed. After all, I work in Washington where I’m vastly outnumbered by people who specialize in looting and mooching. At times, I feel like a missionary in a house of ill repute.
May 13, 2015, 10:49 AM EDT
America has a giant long-run problem largely caused by poorly designed entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
May 5, 2015, 2:34 PM EDT
The standard argument against an easy-money policy is that it creates distortions in an economy that lead to either rapid increases in the price level, like we endured in the 1970s, or unsustainable asset bubbles, like we experienced last decade.