I sometimes sardonically comment about Democratic politicians playing Santa Claus, but Republicans can play that game as well.
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.
March 1, 2018, 10:52 AM EST
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.”
December 15, 2017, 2:59 PM EST
Senator Marco Rubio says he wants some additional tax relief for working families. And he’s willing to impose a higher corporate tax rate to make the numbers work.
December 4, 2017, 2:43 PM EST
Since the House has passed a tax cut and the Senate has passed a tax cut, it’s quite likely that there will be a consensus deal that will be signed into law.
November 29, 2017, 3:31 PM EST
Since Republicans screwed up Obamacare repeal and haven’t even tried to impose spending restraint, I was rather pessimistic about tax reform earlier this year.
November 13, 2017, 12:35 PM EST
In my decades of trying to educate policy makers about the downsides of class-warfare tax policy, I periodically get hit with the argument that high tax rates don’t matter since America enjoyed a golden period of prosperity in the 1950s and early 1960s when the top tax rate was more than 90 percent.
November 7, 2017, 10:44 AM EST
To observe the tragic 100th birthday of communism, I wrote last week about Karl Marx’s legacy of death, suffering, destruction, and misery.
November 3, 2017, 2:38 PM EDT
The swamp is pulsating with excitement. For the lobbying community, tax reform is like Christmas. No matter what happens, they win because of lucrative retainers and fat contracts.
November 1, 2017, 11:06 AM EDT
I view the flat tax as a timid intermediate step, with the real goal being a tiny federal government (like the Founding Fathers envisioned) that can be financed without any broad-based tax.
October 30, 2017, 12:13 PM EDT
I’ve never had to deal with the argument that lower taxes are “dangerous.”