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

April 30, 2015, 2:50 PM EDT
A nation’s prosperity is determined by the quantity and quality of labor and capital that are productively utilized.
April 23, 2015, 10:37 AM EDT
I don’t understand the left’s myopic fixation on income inequality. If they genuinely care about the less fortunate, they should be focused on policies that produce higher incomes.
April 20, 2015, 2:11 PM EDT
I don’t know whether to be impressed or horrified by Paul Krugman.
April 17, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
Obama thinks he’s punishing the “rich,” but the rest of us are paying the price.
April 14, 2015, 12:23 PM EDT
Folks in the private sector understand this principle. No restaurant owner, for instance, would double meal prices and assume that revenues would climb by 100 percent.
April 8, 2015, 2:24 PM EDT
With tax day looming, let’s wallow in misery by contemplating the burden on America’s taxpayers.
April 6, 2015, 2:25 PM EDT
I’ve 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.
March 31, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT
As shown by this graphic, why are so many people in Maine taking advantage of the food stamp program? As shown by this map, why does Oregon have such a high level of food stamp dependency?
March 27, 2015, 9:31 AM EDT
With tax day fast approaching, it’s time to write about our good friends at the Internal Revenue Service.
March 19, 2015, 4:58 PM EDT
Today, let’s build on our understanding of Sweden by looking at how the country’s welfare state interacts with the immigration system.
March 17, 2015, 4:53 PM EDT
Now we have some more unfortunate evidence from the state of Washington. “Seattle Magazine” has a story about a bunch of restaurants closing because of an increase in the minimum wage.
March 12, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
In 1729, Jonathan Swift authored a satirical essay with the unwieldy title of "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick." He suggested that the destitute Irish could improve their lot in life by selling their children as food for the rich.
March 5, 2015, 3:42 PM EST
I’m not reflexively opposed to executive orders and other unilateral actions by the White House. A president and his appointees, after all, have a lot of regulatory authority.
March 3, 2015, 4:07 PM EST
During periods of economic weakness, governments often respond with “loose” monetary policy, which generally means that central banks will take actions that increase liquidity and artificially lower interest rates.
February 27, 2015, 10:50 AM EST
While immigration is a very contentious issue for the politicians in Washington, there’s actually some level of agreement among people in the real world.
February 18, 2015, 3:48 PM EST
There’s 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 country’s prior commitments to improve economic performance by reducing the preposterous burden of spending, regulation, and intervention.
February 17, 2015, 3:16 PM EST
Last September, I wrote that America’s business tax system is a nightmare that simultaneously undermines the competitiveness of American companies while also causing lots of irritation in other nations.
February 12, 2015, 11:32 AM EST
Here’s my hypothesis to explain why statists don’t support good policies. Simply stated, I think they hate the rich more than they like the poor.
January 30, 2015, 10:33 AM EST
The Obama Administration has already announced a bunch of tax increases that will be part of the President’s soon-to-be-released budget.
January 21, 2015, 11:40 AM EST
The White House claims that the “rich” will bear the burden of the new taxes on capital, but the net effect will be to discourage capital investment, which means workers will be less productive and earn less income.