During his final days in office, I gave a thumbs-down assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency. Simply stated, he increased the burden of government during his tenure, and that led to anemic economic numbers.
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.
November 27, 2018, 3:59 PM EST
November 20, 2018, 3:48 PM EST
I generally don’t write much about the distribution of income (most-recent example from 2017), largely because that feeds into the false notion that the economy is a fixed pie and that politicians should have the power to re-slice if they think incomes aren’t sufficiently equal.
November 14, 2018, 3:44 PM EST
During the 2016 presidential campaign, I was very critical of Donald Trump’s proposal to expand the entitlement state with a new program for paid parental leave, just as I was very critical of a similar proposal from Hillary Clinton.
November 6, 2018, 2:48 PM EST
In my semi-dream world, I’d like to see a flat tax. Not only would there be a low rate and no double taxation, but there also would be no distortions. But in the real world, I’m happy to make partial progress.
November 2, 2018, 3:30 PM EDT
President Trump thinks he can boost Republicans next Tuesday by promising a new round of tax relief for the middle class.
October 24, 2018, 3:08 PM EDT
My favorite publication every year is Economic Freedom of the World.
October 18, 2018, 11:51 AM EDT
Politicians can interfere with the laws of supply and demand (and they do, with distressing regularity), but they can’t repeal them.
October 10, 2018, 10:18 AM EDT
I recently wrote about the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index, which is a snapshot of current competitiveness (New Jersey is in last place, which shouldn’t surprise anyone).
October 3, 2018, 2:32 PM EDT
I want low rates and less double taxation so we get more entrepreneurship and investment, which then will lead to higher productivity and more compensation for workers.
September 26, 2018, 12:45 PM EDT
Since I’ve been writing a column every day since 2010, you can imagine that there are some days where that’s a challenge.
September 25, 2018, 12:24 PM EDT
I’m happy to discuss theory when debating economic policy, but I mostly focus on real-world evidence.
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.