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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.

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    Panama non-scandal: Three cheers for Cameron's parents

    Nobody has an obligation to overpay the government. Tax avoidance also is moral. Tax codes are corrupt and governments waste money. Good on David Cameron's Mum and Dad for doing what we all do. But not quite so good on Dave himself for rank hypocrisy, and being hoist with his own petard

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 12 April 2016
  • Poverty_venezuela

    Capitalism rules, socialism drools

    Socialism (or statism) always makes people poorer than capitalism. One amazing fact is that statist Venezuela was about three times richer than capitalist South Korea about fifty years ago, but now that ratio is almost reversed. Go figure

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 11 April 2016
  • Cameron_panama_papers

    The fake controversy over the Panama Papers

    The Panama Papers row is just another chapter in the never-ending war by high-tax governments against tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy. David Cameron should have said as much, rather than appearing shifty as he now does over his family tax affairs

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  8 April 2016
  • Uk_border

    Europe, welfare migration, and hypocrisy

    It is completely understandable that David Cameron wants to limit welfare access of recent immigrants. But the bigger problem is that welfare dependency is a bad thing in itself, whether one is a recent immigrant or a long-standing citizen

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  9 February 2016
  • Barack_obama

    Despite Obama's bragging, his economic legacy is dismal

    Which planet is Barack Obama on? He brags about his economic record. Meanwhile, the U.S. is undergoing its weakest recovery since the Great Depression. And being better than Europe is not a matter for pride

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 January 2016
  • Dentist

    Great moments in UK dentistry, or not

    Contrary to what Britons are all but indoctrinated to believe, the state-run NHS is not the envy of the world. Now, British dentistry has been castigated for falling to Third World levels

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  5 January 2016
  • Jobless_line

    How the minimum wage kills jobs

    The evidence is overwhelming that minimum wages cost jobs, especially among young people. So why do politicians, and not just on the Left, ignore that evidence?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 18 December 2015
  • Capitolhill

    Regulation is bad for jobs, good for cronies

    The cost of government regulation? Americans spend 8.8 billion hours every year filling out government forms. For every bureaucrat at a regulatory agency, 100 jobs are destroyed in the productive sector

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 November 2015
  • Tel_aviv

    Start-Up Nation: Israel's market reforms

    It seems that Israel's tax cuts under Prime Minister Netanyahu provide a real world example of how to increase investment and wealth. Paradoxical as it may sound, phasing out U.S. economic aid may also have made Israelis better off

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 19 November 2015
  • Money-main_full

    Is inequality bad if some get richer faster than others?

    If we truly care about the interests of the poor, we have to face the reality that inequality does not make their situation worse. On the contrary, there is considerable evidence that unequal societies do a better job of eliminating poverty

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 November 2015
  • Yeltsin_got_it

    Pushing communism onto the ash heap of history

    Socialism has an unmatched track record of failure. It was such a disaster than only a few supposedly high-ranked academics (and Labour leader Jeremy Crobyn) thought it worked

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  7 October 2015
  • Pope_francis

    The Pope and poverty

    Pope Francis’ own native Argentina was once among the leading economies of the world, before it was ruined by the kind of ideological notions he is now promoting around the world

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 27 September 2015
  • Geneva

    Is the Swiss model the best in the world?

    Switzerland can lay claim to being the best country in the world because it has limited, decentralised government. It is one of the richest and freest places to live. No wonder one region of Italy wants to actually secede and become Swiss

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 14 September 2015
  • Job_centre

    Welfare trapping Europeans in poverty

    Amazingly, in nine European countries welfare benefits exceed the minimum wage. Some countries are just a paradise for slackers, and the whole system is simply unsustainable

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 10 September 2015
  • Chinese_wealth

    China needs real free market reform

    Ethnic Chinese do fantastically well, when they are allowed to. Ironically, the only place where Chinese people don’t enjoy high average incomes is China. And that’s because there’s too much statist cronyism and not enough free market economics

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 29 August 2015


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