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

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.
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.