Daniel J. Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy and is Chairman of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Mitchell is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition.

My Articles

September 18, 2018, 4:10 PM EDT
I’ve written many times about socialism, which is sometimes a frustrating task because the definition is slippery.
September 12, 2018, 2:35 PM EDT
Ever since 2010, I’ve been pointing out that Venezuela is a horrifying and tragic example of what happens when the private sector in a country is almost completely suffocated by excessive government.
September 11, 2018, 3:16 PM EDT
If the goal is higher living standards, then higher levels of productivity are necessary. And that requires entrepreneurship and innovation.
September 5, 2018, 3:11 PM EDT
President Trump has proposed a one-year pay freeze for federal bureaucrats, which has reinvigorated the debate over whether compensation levels for the civil service are too lavish.
August 27, 2018, 3:10 PM EDT
When I write about the economics of fiscal policy and need to give people an easy-to-understand explanation on how government spending affects growth, I share my four-part video series.
August 22, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT
Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
August 14, 2018, 11:31 AM EDT
Two months ago, I shared some data on private gun ownership in the United States and declared that those numbers generated “The Most Enjoyable Graph of 2018.”
August 7, 2018, 4:27 PM EDT
Where are we in the so-called business cycle? I don’t think economists are good at forecasting the ups and downs of the economy, but I did mention the factors that might contribute to a downturn in this interview with Dana Loesch.
July 31, 2018, 12:42 PM EDT
Move over, Crazy Bernie, you’re no longer the left’s heartthrob. You’ve been replaced by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an out-of-the-closet socialist from New York City who will enter Congress next January after beating a member of the Democratic leadership.
July 25, 2018, 11:03 AM EDT
My message is simple and straightforward. It’s possible to design a carbon tax that is theoretically appealing. Simply use all the revenue to get rid of some other tax that causes greater economic harm, such as the corporate income tax, which is basically the same argument that leads some folks to like the value-added tax.
July 17, 2018, 2:47 PM EDT
If you did man-on-the-street interviews across America and asked people about Social Security, I suspect most of them would have some degree of understanding about the program’s looming fiscal crisis.
July 10, 2018, 2:25 PM EDT
Guided by the principles of a simple and fair flat tax, I’ve been toiling for decades in the vineyard of tax reform. At the risk of mixing my metaphors, I usually feel like Don Quixote, engaged in a futile quest. Convincing politicians to reduce their power is not an easy task, after all.
July 2, 2018, 4:26 PM EDT
During the Obama years, I used data from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve to explain that the economic recovery was rather weak. And when people responded by pointing to a reasonably strong stock market, I expressed concern that easy-money policies might be creating an artificial boom.
June 20, 2018, 11:00 AM EDT
I wrote last month about a new book from the Fraser Institute about demographics and entrepreneurship.
June 8, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT
Writing a column every day can sometimes be a challenge, in part because of logistics (I have to travel a lot, which can make things complicated), but also because I want to make sure I’m sharing interesting and relevant information.
June 4, 2018, 3:25 PM EDT
Better economic performance is the most important reason to adopt pro-growth reforms such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
May 30, 2018, 9:11 AM EDT
In 2016, I toured the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, which memorializes the victims of communist butchery in that nation.
May 23, 2018, 2:04 PM EDT
Conservative policymakers are all-too-familiar with the problems associated with government contractors ripping off taxpayers. Look no further than the $464 million Healthcare.gov website that became an $824 million boondoggle, or Orlando’s $250 million Veterans Affairs hospital that doubled in cost to see that cost overruns is often the major consequence. 
May 14, 2018, 4:26 PM EDT
A couple of weeks ago, I expressed disgust that the President of the European Commission was going to give a speech commemorating the 200th birthday of Karl Marx.
May 8, 2018, 12:45 PM EDT
Education spending and teacher pay has become a big issue in certain states.