Dan Mitchell

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  • Oct 25, 2021
    Let’s look today at the wonky issue of “book income” because it’s an opportunity to point out that there are three types of leftists. Honest leftists who understand...
  • Oct 4, 2021
    There are lots of reasons (here are five of them) to dislike the version of the Biden tax hike that was approved by the tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. From an...
  • Sep 3, 2021
    When people ask me why I’m a libertarian, I rarely mention high taxes and wasteful spending. Nor do I make philosophical arguments about the non-aggression principle. And it’s...
  • Aug 18, 2021
    I’ve written about some boring and arcane tax issues – most of which are only relevant because we don’t have a simple and fair flat tax. Depreciation vs. expensing Territorial...
  • May 11, 2021
    Back in 2010, I applauded Paul Krugman for acknowledging that government unemployment benefits can encourage joblessness. And I even cited Krugman in this 2012 debate on the topic....
  • May 4, 2021
    If nothing else, Biden’s big-government agenda is triggering a debate about fundamental issues, such as whether it’s a good idea to make America’s economy more like Singapore...
  • Apr 8, 2021
    Way back in 2007, I narrated this video to explain why tax competition is very desirable because politicians are likely to overtax and overspend (“Goldfish Government”) if they...
  • Apr 6, 2021
    There are two big policy debates about business profits. The first is whether profits are good or evil. I pick the former. Profits are something to applaud, assuming they are earned...
  • Mar 30, 2021
    I get asked why I frequently criticize Republicans. My response is easy. I care about results rather than rhetoric. And while GOP politicians often pay lip service to the principles...
  • Mar 17, 2021
    Thanks to globalization (as opposed to globalism), jobs and investment are now very mobile. This means the costs of bad policy are higher than ever before, and it also means the...