Should Oregonians Embrace Big Government to Save Our Economy?

Join Cascade Policy Institute in welcoming Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, for a riveting discussion about government and today’s economic challenges.

Daniel Mitchell is a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. He is a strong advocate of a flat tax and international tax competition.

Tuesday, June 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites, Tigard
9000 SW Washington Square Road, Tigard, OR 97223
Lunch will be served. $30 advance payment is required.
Email Nancy Wheaton or call 503.242.0900 to reserve your seat.

Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with The Heritage Foundation, and an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee. He also served on the 1988 Bush/Quayle transition team and was Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Washington Times. He is a frequent guest on radio and television and a popular speaker on the lecture circuit. Mitchell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.


Cascade Policy Institute is a nonprofit, non-partisan research and education organization promoting public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility and economic opportunity in Oregon.

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  • Sybella

    Absolutely not

    • anonymous

      Absolutely agree. We should embrace the right amount of government to accomplish the things we want it to do and be willing to fund that.

  • Jessie

    We must have big government. We are too big to fail. Government is always the answer.
    The bigger the better.
    I am so proud of our new commander.
    He is the greatest.

    • Anonymous

      Big government will come back to bite you in the butt

  • dartagnan

    Silly question. We already have “big government” and it is not going to go away. The relevant question is whether our “big government” is going to work for the benefit of ordinary people or only for the enrichment of an elite few.

    People in the “socialist” countries of Western Europe pay higher taxes than we do and complain about it less. Why? It’s not because they love paying taxes. It’s because THEY GET SOMETHING in return for their taxes — excellent public schools, good public transit, highways, high-speed rail, health care etc. We Americans get zilch for our federal taxes except endless wars and obscenely bloated “defense” spending.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      >We already have “big government” and it is not going to go away. The relevant question is whether our “big government” is going to work for the benefit of ordinary people or only for the enrichment of an elite few.

      Well, it would be nice to have the focus of government turn away from trying to enrich people like Al Gore on the backs of everyone else, I will give you that. As far as I am concerned governments constant impediment to working people, those who actually produce something, needs to end. Unfortunately it looks like at the very least we have 3.5 more years to go. I personally cant wait for an end on Oregon’s war on work. Sadly it looks like the tax increases on will go through, and perhaps the tax on health care.

      Meanwhile the productive in Oregon will still continue to be forced to line the pockets of the elite. Fat cat public employee union members, scam public works projects at bloated Davis Bacon wages.

      Hey, where were you on those things btw?

      >People in the “socialist” countries of Western Europe pay higher taxes than we do and complain about it less. Why? It’s not because they love paying taxes.

      Lol – Id suggest you visit some of those countries. They will use any tactic they can to avoid paying those taxes. Trust me, the myth of Europeans , especially in socialist countries, being enthusiastic about paying their taxes is just that, a myth.

      >It’s because THEY GET SOMETHING in return for their taxes — excellent public schools, good public transit, highways, high-speed rail, health care etc.

      Actually that’s not true at all. As an example, if you go to Holland, you will find that people there would regard a trip from one end of the country to the other as quite a long journey. People in Europe, especially the more socialist countries, have a real tendency to not travel anywhere near the distances Americans do, either for business or pleasure. That hardly bespeaks all these great transit systems.

      As for high speed rail, we spend a fortune on rail in this country. In Portland they spent something like $250 million per mile on this nonsense. You want to talk about Amtrak? I have a strong feeling we spend more on that idiocy than any country in Europe spends on rail.

      > We Americans get zilch for our federal taxes except endless wars and obscenely bloated “defense” spending.

      OK – If the comment about Europeans not complaining or trying to avoid taxes wasn’t a giveaway, this one really is. Seriously, you really need to go to Europe before you idiolize it to this extent.

      First of all, Europeans can only indulge in the spending they do precisely because they don’t have defense budgets. The reason why they don’t have defense spending is because European countries ceded their defense to us after WW2. We pay for their defense, not them. This is why any of their complaints about America being imperialistic come off as just so much fluff.

      Second, why do you pick on obscenely bloated defense spending? We spend a small fraction on defense of what we spend on education in this country. Therefore do you feel the education budget is even more bloated?

      I mean you must, given that you bring up bloated spending, seem to envy European system, and we spend more on education per student than they do in Europe.

      You know what, being a Europhile is all well and good, but when you slam your own country to do it it comes off as pretty nauseating. It’s cheap. When combined with the comments with defense vis a vie education, it sounds like ill informed pomposity.

  • Lacretia

    Governments don’t save economies, they destroy them–witness the world as evidence.

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