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

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

The Islamic State vs. the Laffer Curve

Its medieval taxes might be hurting ISIS more than Western bombs. 

- January 18, 2016

Banning Cash Is the Scariest New Keynesian Idea

Should we abolish cash to give central banks and governments more power over the economy?


- December 31, 2015

The Pope Is Morally and Factually Wrong about Capitalism

Pope Francis suggests that capitalism worsens poverty, encourages vice, and creates suffering, but he's wrong on every count.

- September 23, 2015

In Praise of Tax Havens

According to stereotypes, tax havens are little islands in the Caribbean, and indeed that’s true of some of the world’s premiere offshore centers. But to be more accurate, a tax haven is any jurisdiction that satisfies two criteria: First, its tax laws are attractive to global investors and entrepreneurs, and second, it protects its fiscal sovereignty by choosing not to enforce the bad tax laws of other nations, at least when they are trying to tax economic activity outside their borders. This means, of course, that individuals and businesses from high-tax nations have the option of using those jurisdictions as havens against excessive taxation.

- June 10, 2009

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