The Phaserl


Taxation, Its Expansion and the Possibilities for Reform

by Anthony Wile, The Daily Bell:

Introduction: Dan Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, is one of the nation’s experts on the flat tax and has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty. Dan’s work has been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, National Review, Forbes, USA Today. He is a frequent commentator on TV, having appeared on all the major networks. In addition to his Cato Institute responsibilities, Dan co-founded the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, an organization formed to protect international tax competition. Prior to joining The Cato Institute in 2007, Dan served as a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Dan also served as an economist for Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon and spent more than three years beginning every day by co-hosting a television show.

Daily Bell: Give us some background. How did you get interested in markets and free-market thinking?

Dan Mitchell: For reasons I don’t understand, I was drawn to Ronald Reagan’s message when he challenged Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination. I was a senior in high school, didn’t have any track record of caring about politics and wasn’t a regular consumer of news, so I don’t know how it happened.

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