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Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, the free-market, Washington D.C. think tank. His articles are cross-posted on his blog, by agreement.

  • Sweden_welfare

    Lessons from Sweden about welfare and immigration

    Sweden's openness is admirable, but is it successful? Are immigrants assimilating and contributing to Sweden’s economy? Unfortunately, the answer in many cases is no. Still, at least its welfare system isn't subsidising terrorism...yet

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 20 March 2015
  • Income_inequality

    A modest proposal to reduce income inequality

    If income inequality is such a problem we could solve it by exiling or even selling rich people to other countries. We'd lose all our best doctors, CEOs, film stars, and footballers. And we'd be much poorer. But what's the problem with that when you have a Leftist obsession?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 13 March 2015
  • Jihadi_john_and_welfare

    Jihadi John should also be known as Moocher Mohammed

    The astounding story of Jihadi John and his family's welfare dependency is just another aspect of the West's tragicomic determination to commit civilisational suicide

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  9 March 2015
  • Welfare_paradise

    The joy of welfare funded holidays in the sun

    Britain's welfare system never ceases to amaze. The story of a single mother and her 10 month old daughter taking a round-the-world trip on benefit payments is frankly jaw-dropping

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 25 February 2015
  • Latest_polar_bear

    Arrogant statism of global warming fanatics

    Global warming may well be real. But climate alarmists, and especially those who follow their agenda, are filled with arrogance and hubris and they have immense power to cause damage

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 10 February 2015
  • Glasgow_airport

    Tax havens are good, whatever you might have heard

    For all the prevailing prejudices in the UK and wider Westerm media, tax havens are a very good thing because they allow people and companies an escape route from idiotic and oppressive tax regimes, thus making them less likely to begin with. And Scotland vs England offers an interesting lesson

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  5 February 2015
  • Frederic_bastiat

    The wisdom of Bastiat

    The great 19th century French liberal economist Frederic Bastiat is as relevant as ever. His gems of wisdom are a pleasure to read and serve as an antidote to the flat-headed agenda of big government

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 31 January 2015
  • Obama_state_of_union

    The state of the Union is not strong

    Economic growth has been anemic. Household income is down. Labour force participation is the lowest in decades. Barack Obama's legacy is dismal, and the state of the Union is not at all strong

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 January 2015
  • Stockholm

    Economics lessons from Scandinavia

    There are some really creepy examples of failed government-run health care in Sweden: A man who had his penis amputated because he was first misdiagnosed and then forced to wait five months for a follow-up examination? Tells quite a story, doesn't it?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 18 January 2015
  • Bureaucrats

    The world's worst bureaucrat loafers

    We've had the Italian healthcare official who turned up for work for 15 days in 9 years. Then there's a bureaucrat paid hundreds of thousands for not turning up at all in 2012. Now we have an Indian who hadn't been to work since 1990. Long live big government!

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 12 January 2015
  • Class_war

    What’s a “Fair Share” for upper-income taxpayers?

    The class-warfare agenda is unfair and discriminatory. But it’s also terribly misguided because high tax rates are bad for growth and competitiveness. Then again we could go for a 100% tax rate. It happened in France!

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  3 January 2015
  • Thinker_statue

    How Leftists accidentally get it right

    Leftists are often so clueless about economic and social policy that they frequently end up proving their Right-leaning opponents' case, even while attempting to refute it

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 December 2014
  • Eu-and-us-flag-etoro

    Why Europe is so far behind the United States

    The U.S. is not well run economically, but the EU appears to be on a suicide mission motivated by ignorance about basic economics and the self-serving greed of the political elite at the European Commission

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 December 2014
  • Singapore-esplanade_2540_600x450

    Singapore: A remarkable free-market success story

    Singapore's corporate tax rate is just 17 percent and the top tax rate for households is only 20 percent. In other words, there’s no Obama-Hollande class warfare against successful taxpayers. Lesson? Free markets create wealth; socialism creates poverty

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 29 November 2014
  • Fidelcastro

    Hong Kong vs Cuba: prosperity vs socialist poverty

    Through much of the 1950s, Hong Kong and Cuba were economically similar, and both were very close to the world average. Since then socialist Cuba has stagnated in poverty while Hong Kong has soared to prosperity. Lessons?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 November 2014


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