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

January 10, 2019, 4:28 PM EST
Bernie Sanders is yesterday’s news.
January 8, 2019, 1:49 PM EST
I wrote yesterday about a handful of strange legal developments in Canada. In a display of balance, however, I noted in my conclusion that Canada in recent decades has been “very sensible” with regard to economic issues (spending restraint, welfare reform, corporate tax reform, bank bailouts, regulatory budgeting, the tax treatment of saving, school choice, and privatization of air traffic control).
January 3, 2019, 1:55 PM EST
I’ve previously explained why I don’t have a dog in the current shutdown fight in Washington. Simply stated, Trump isn’t fighting to make government smaller. Instead he wants more spending for a wall and isn’t even proposing some offsetting reductions to keep the overall burden of government from expanding.
December 11, 2018, 4:02 PM EST
I’m not a fan of President Bush – the first one or the second one.
December 4, 2018, 2:21 PM EST
With the exception of 2010-2014, when the Tea Party briefly had a grip on the Republican Party, the burden of government spending has been increasing in the United States.
November 27, 2018, 3:59 PM EST
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.
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.