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.
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 3, 2017, 2:38 PM EDT
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.”
October 27, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT
I’ve written a couple of times to explain why the deduction for state and local taxes should be eliminated as part of pro-growth tax reform.
October 23, 2017, 11:29 AM EDT
One of my pet peeves is when people characterize Robin Hood as some sort of left-wing redistributionist. As I’ve explained, that’s utter nonsense.
October 17, 2017, 10:56 AM EDT
In my ideal world, we’re having a substantive debate about corporate tax policy, double taxation, marginal tax rates, and fundamental tax reform (plus spending restraint so big tax cuts are feasible).
October 12, 2017, 4:38 PM EDT
Critics are very upset. But rather than argue about the desirability of insurance coverage and the wisdom of Washington mandates, they’re actually claiming that the White House has launched some sort of war on birth control. I’m not joking.
October 5, 2017, 2:09 PM EDT
Over the years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find intellectuals on the left who are willing to risk opprobrium from their ideological peers by acknowledging that gun control doesn’t make sense.
September 28, 2017, 12:16 PM EDT
Back in 2015, I mocked Venezuelan socialism because it led to shortages of just about every product. Including toilet paper.
September 13, 2017, 10:59 AM EDT
If tax policy was a religion, the Holy Trinity of reform would be very straightforward.
August 15, 2017, 10:51 AM EDT
Back in June, I wrote about the bizarre allure of socialism and said that advocates (who generally don’t even know what socialism really means) were some of the most anti-empirical people in the world.
August 10, 2017, 8:47 AM EDT
Trump and some GOPers want to take credit for a rising stock market, as if that is some sort of positive reaction to their non-accomplishments.
August 7, 2017, 10:31 AM EDT
While it’s quite clear that the establishment media leans to the left, I don’t get too agitated about bias. But this example goes beyond bias and should be characterized as blatant and disgusting dishonesty. The hacks at Time took a quote from Charles Koch and then used selective editing to completely misrepresent what he actually said.
August 1, 2017, 11:09 AM EDT
The notion that government should automatically give everyone money – a policy known as “universal basic income” – is now getting a lot of attention.
July 24, 2017, 2:38 PM EDT
One can only imagine how Jefferson, Madison, Mason, et al, must be rolling in their graves as they contemplate the disgusting practice of civil asset forfeiture, which basically allows agents of the government in the modern era to steal property from people who have not been convicted of any crime. I’m not joking.
July 19, 2017, 9:12 AM EDT
Since it is the single-largest government program, not only in the United States but also the entire world, it’s remarkable that Social Security isn’t getting much attention from fiscal policy wonks.
June 30, 2017, 11:45 AM EDT
Shoddy care is more common when health care providers get a salary from the government. Under such an arrangement, patients are a burden rather than a source of revenue.
June 19, 2017, 12:16 PM EDT
I want a leftist (or anybody) to identify a successful statist nation, but I’m not holding my breath for good answers.
June 8, 2017, 2:27 PM EDT
The passive approach may be changing in some European nations.
May 30, 2017, 3:24 PM EDT
Government-mandated paid parental leave is just as misguided as childcare subsidies.