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

April 12, 2018, 9:36 AM EDT
I’m in Brussels, where I’m participating in an “Economic Freedom Summit” on the unfriendly turf of the European Parliament.
April 6, 2018, 9:01 AM EDT
I’m a big fan of federalism because states have the flexibility to choose good policy or bad policy.
April 3, 2018, 10:06 AM EDT
As far as I’m concerned, everything you need to know about capitalism vs. statism is captured in this chart comparing per-capita economic output in Chile and Venezuela.
March 30, 2018, 3:56 PM EDT
I don’t own an AR-15. I’m not a “gun person,” whatever that means. I hardly ever shoot. And I never hunt.
March 23, 2018, 4:19 PM EDT
One of the key principles of a free society is that governmental power should be limited by national borders.
March 14, 2018, 10:05 AM EDT
I’ve narrated a video on why big government is theoretically bad for an economy, another video looking at the empirical evidence on government spending and economic performance, and also a video on the growth-maximizing size of the public sector.
March 7, 2018, 2:50 PM EST
Writing about federal spending last week, I shared five charts illustrating how the process works and what’s causing America’s fiscal problems.
March 5, 2018, 3:43 PM EST
Not all leftists are alike.
March 1, 2018, 10:52 AM EST
I sometimes sardonically comment about Democratic politicians playing Santa Claus, but Republicans can play that game as well.
February 26, 2018, 8:42 AM EST
At some point in the next 10 years, there will be a huge fight in the United States over fiscal policy. This battle is inevitable because politicians are violating the Golden Rule of fiscal policy by allowing government spending to grow faster than the private sector (exacerbated by the recent budget deal), leading to ever-larger budget deficits.
February 19, 2018, 4:08 PM EST
The worst-international-bureaucracy contest is heating up.
February 15, 2018, 3:09 PM EST
I’ve received several emails and Facebook messages asking me why I haven’t written about Trump’s recently unveiled budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year.
February 9, 2018, 4:06 PM EST
The biggest victory for taxpayers during the Obama years was the Budget Control Act in 2011, which imposed sequester-enforced caps on discretionary spending.
February 7, 2018, 9:34 AM EST
According to bureaucrats at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, so-called tax havens are terrible and should be shut down. Their position is grossly hypocritical since they get tax-free salaries while pushing for higher taxes on everyone else, but not very surprising since the OECD’s membership is dominated by increasingly uncompetitive European welfare states.
February 1, 2018, 4:02 PM EST
Considering that America’s Founders created a very small central government that operated for more than 100 years without any income tax (or any other broad-based tax), it’s very disappointing that Washington is now consuming more that 20 percent of our nation’s output.
January 29, 2018, 11:15 AM EST
Last September, Economic Freedom of the World was released, which was sort of like Christmas for wonks who follow international economic policy.
January 22, 2018, 11:49 AM EST
I’ve written several times about how dumping more money into government schools is not a recipe for improved education.
January 17, 2018, 2:45 PM EST
The head of a huge investment fund has implied that businesses should become social justice warriors, a missive that (predictably) led to some fawning coverage in the New York Times.
January 12, 2018, 1:58 PM EST
Republicans botched the repeal of Obamacare. They’ve already sold out (twice!) on the spending caps in the Budget Control Act, and they’re about to do it again.
January 8, 2018, 12:54 PM EST
I was not optimistic about a Trump presidency. Before the 2016 election, I characterized him as a “statist” and a “typical big-government Republican.”