Daniel J. Mitchell

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Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. 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. Dan’s work has been published in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Villanova Law Review, Public Choice, Emory Law Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Offshore Investment, Playboy, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has appeared on all the major TV networks, and has given speeches in almost 40 states and more than 30 countries. Dan earned a PhD in economics from George Mason University.

Daniel J. Mitchell's Articles

You Never Go Full Keynesian

Keynesian spending has an unparalleled track record of failure in the real world. Perhaps it’s time for The Economist to be known as the “anti-economics economic weekly.”

- September 26, 2016

Hillary's Economically Clueless Plans Will Create Poverty

Hillary Clinton's recent editorial in the New York Times entitled “My Plan for Helping America's Poor” is so filled with errors and mistakes that it requires a full fisking.

- September 24, 2016

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah Accidentally Debunks Gun-Free Zones

The inconsistency in Noah's logic is so glaring that it's almost as if he put a "kick me" sign on his back.

- September 23, 2016

New Zealand's Remarkable Economic Transformation

New Zealand privatized, cut the budget, reduced taxes, and generally freed up enterprise, and just look at the wonderful results. 

- September 21, 2016

Europe Is Facing a Fiscal Meltdown

The European "Austerity" has mostly been a mirage.

- September 19, 2016

US Economic Liberty Has Been Sinking for Sixteen Years

America's score in the economic freedom has been declining since 2000. The protectionist policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will likely continue the downward trend.

- September 16, 2016

How to Make It as a Triple-Dipping Bureaucrat

Instead of paying twice as much as something would cost in the private sector, which is typical for government, this bureaucrat's no-bid scams cost taxpayers paying four times as much as necessary.

- September 15, 2016

Medicaid Is a Ticking Time Bomb

The real problem with the welfare state is not the poor people receiving checks - it's the perverse incentives of government employees, their union allies, contractors, and third parties who earn take huge chunks of the money that was meant for the poor.

- September 14, 2016

Laws that Wipe Out Jobs in the Name of Protecting Them

Low-skilled labor suffers the most.

- September 11, 2016

Economic Deprivation Is Oppression Too: The Case of Cuba

Let’s focus on how communism has severely crippled the Cuban economy. It was once a wealthy country. 


- September 09, 2016

Good Borders Admit People and Block Governments

Borders restrict the power of governments, facilitate jurisdictional competition, and create natural experiments that allow us the compare the success of market-oriented jurisdictions with the failure of statist jurisdictions.

- September 08, 2016

The European Commission's War against Low Corporate Taxes

Apple is only the beginning. Also in the EC's sights are Starbucks, Amazon, and more.

- August 31, 2016

Another Grim Reminder that Obamacare Has Made Healthcare More Expensive

The combination of direct and indirect government policies is that consumers pay very little for their healthcare. Or, to be more precise, they may pay a lot in terms of taxes and foregone cash compensation, but their direct out-of-pocket expenditures are relatively modest.

- August 30, 2016

The Welfare State Has Slowly but Surely Eroded Nordic Character

Progressives point to the Nordic nations as examples of successful welfare states, but those same countries are rolling back the socialist programs that have resulted in dependency and economic stagnation.

- August 29, 2016

Here Comes Hillarycare for Kids

The bottom line is that we’re in a very deep hole and Hillary Clinton, simply for reasons of personal ambition, wants to dig the hole deeper.

- August 27, 2016

Japan’s Keynesian Groundhog Day

Even modest-sized welfare states eventually collapse when you wind up with too few workers trying to support an ever-growing number of recipients.

- August 18, 2016

The Student Debt Crisis Is the Predictable Consequence of Subsidies

The bottom line is that bad things happen when the visible foot of the government supplants the invisible hand of the market.

- August 04, 2016

The US Postal Service Is a Ridiculous Relic

The bottom line is that there’s no reason in a modern economy for a government to operate a business that delivers pieces of paper (any more than it would make sense to have government deliver pizzas).

- July 14, 2016

The Secret of Swiss Success Is Decentralization

Switzerland generally still has the type of system America’s Founding Fathers envisioned, with a small central government.

- July 02, 2016

Another Shooting Tragedy in a Gun-Free Zone

It’s happened again. A nut went toa gun-free zone and engaged in a mass killing.

- June 12, 2016

How Obamacare is Destroying Healthcare Access

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" is sounding more and more like a tired joke.

- April 25, 2016

Most of Europe Is a Lot Poorer than Most of the United States

America isn't perfect, and Europe isn't a failure, but Europeans are not obviously better off in the long-run from big tax and welfare policies.

- April 02, 2016

Ted Cruz's VAT Is a Dangerous Gamble

Value added taxes are jet fuel for big government welfare states.

- February 22, 2016

Losing the Super Bowl Twice: California Taxes Cam Newton at 200%

The Panthers' quarterback earned $50,000 but owes $100,000 in taxes on it.

- February 09, 2016

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