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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

Even the IMF Can See the Burdens of Bloated Bureaucracy

Economists at the IMF, of all places, have shown that the modern European welfare state is a drag on economic performance and per capita income.

Retirement for Bureaucrats Is about to Get Expensive

State governments promise cozy retirement packages and have no idea how to pay for them. I bet I know where they’re going to get the money from...

- October 18, 2016

The Absurdity of Political Correctness Has Reached New Heights

Almost anything you do will offend someone and politicians and judges are more than happy to ruin your life over it.

- October 17, 2016

Money Laundering Laws Are Absurdly Annoying, Costly, and Darn-Near Pointless

There is no evidence that the laws have produced a decline in criminal activity. But they have reduced access to financial services for the poor. 

- October 13, 2016

Why Isn't the US More Competitive?

Although the US could be worse, it could also be better. Bad government policies and an abusive business tax system are holding us back.

- October 11, 2016

Can't Move to the Cayman Islands? Try Indiana or Florida

Indiana and Florida both have low taxes and a favorable policy environment. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Vermont, California, and Connecticut.

- October 10, 2016

A New Episode of Bureaucrats Gone Wild

What organization would pay an employee for almost a decade while he did nothing because he was under investigation for having sex with a female inmate? The government of course. They even went out of their way to make sure he qualified for retirement benefits.

- October 07, 2016

Bigger Government (Still) Doesn't Foster Economic Growth

Despite the left's new rhetorical strategy, higher taxes don't create economic prosperity. They never have. They never will.

- October 02, 2016

Paul Krugman Actually Gets Something Right

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Paul Krugman is correct in his analysis of Donald Trump's fair trade claims.

- September 30, 2016

Keynesianism Is the Real Trickle-Down Economics

Regardless of the label used, no one doubts that the primary mechanism for raising the return to work is providing each worker with better and more numerous tools.

- September 29, 2016

Hillary Will Tax You to Death... And Then Tax You for Dying

Of course, Hillary and her friends will largely dodge the tax, which mostly will fall on small business owners who lack the ability to create clever structures.

- September 28, 2016

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

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