Articles by Daniel J. Mitchell
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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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    Whoever wins French elections, France is in decline

    Among the major countries on the continent, France is the economic sick man of Europe. Le Pen is considered on the right solely because of her immigration policies. Economically, she's is very much on the Left. France shows how bad things get when the state snowballs out of control. The election will likely change nothing

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 April 2017
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    Laughing at socialism in theory and practice

    No country has ever become wealthy due to big government, let alone full on statism. But socialist ideologues never give up, despite how ridiculous they make themselves look. The bottom line is that statism is a recipe for stagnation and free markets are a route to prosperity

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 13 April 2017
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    Venezuela, Cuba, N. Korea, and circles of statist hell

    Venezuela is spiralling into the fires of hell. Cuba and North Korea have been there for a long time. Lessons from the former Soviet bloc show the path to freedom and prosperity is paved with effective property rights, low taxes, and free markets

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  6 April 2017
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    Reagan's lessons for Trump

    Ronald Reagan adopted a bunch of supposedly unpopular policies, yet he got reelected in a landslide because reducing the burden of government allowed the private sector to grow much faster. Will Trump’s reforms be that bold and that brave? Reagan is the example he must emulate to succeed

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  1 April 2017
  • Swamp

    Will Trump drain the swamp or wallow in it?

    Corruption in Washington is a huge issue that people do not take seriously enough. President Trump's supporters demand that he make good on his promise to drain the swamp. But what if he just wallows in it and gargles the muck instead?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 22 February 2017
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    America's diminishing economic liberty

    The United States comes in at an unspectacular number 17 in this year's global economic freedom index. America dropped to its lowest ever position under Obama. The big question now is whether it will go up or even further down under the entirely unpredictable Trump administration

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 February 2017
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    Obama's dismal but forgettable legacy

    Obama's legacy is dismal. What he did wrong was mainly unoriginal; what he did right was trivial. He was a president consumed with himself. His legacy is entirely forgettable

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 January 2017
  • Workers

    Workers of the world do best in free markets

    If you want the best for workers, the evidence shows that unregulated markets make them better off, less likely to face discrimination, and happier overall. The Left opposes free markets because they can't control them, regardless of the benefits for those they claim to speak for

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  5 January 2017
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    OECD research shows big government harms growth

    The often devious and untrustworthy, left-leaning OECD is a destructive force in the world. But when its economists start looking at the actual data, even they cannot avoid the conclusion that big spending governments harm economic growth, which in turn hurts the poor

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 30 November 2016
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    Is Baltic free-market exceptionalism under threat?

    One key to the Baltic states' relative success is tax policy. All three nations have flat taxes. Estonia’s system is so good (particularly its approach to business taxation) that the Tax Foundation ranks it as the best in the OECD. Statists must not be allowed to ruin it all

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 16 November 2016
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    Trump, May et al must cut government to get growth

    As Trump prepares for power, America, Britain and the whole world must understand that smaller government vastly increases societal wealth for all, as new research shows. Trust in free markets not failed bureaucrats

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 12 November 2016
  • Clinton

    Hillary Clinton’s 38-Year history of sleaze, corruption

    Hillary Clinton has a decades-long pattern of using government for self-advancement and self-enrichment. No wonder people hate the establishment. This is breathtaking

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 30 October 2016
  • Doughnut

    Another episode of Drug War lunacy

    After Orlando police arrested a man for buying a doughnut on the grounds that the sugar glaze on top might have been methamphetamine, it is clear that the war on drugs is getting madder than ever

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 September 2016
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    Nine key takeaways from Brexit

    Margaret Thatcher will be smiling down at the good sense of the British voter. The UK has voted to leave a sinking ship. The future is now bright, and Britons should seize the moment, says Dan Mitchell at the Cato Institute in Washington

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 24 June 2016
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    The economic case for Brexit is overwhelming

    A decision to remain in the EU would guarantee a slow, gradual decline. It really isn't smart to link Britain's future to a declining bloc of nations, and the failed, centralising tendencies of Brussels will get much worse if the UK stays. Brexit is the right way to go

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 17 June 2016