Do these people actually think about what they are saying? Mitchell says that the problem is democracy's "enabling people to seize unearned wealth through the political process." As opposed to dictatorships? And Hassett starts with the problem of democracy not reflecting popular preference and concludes that dictatorship is the answer. Complete non sequitors abound.
I know for a fact that Cato employs people smarter than Mitchell, and I've heard rumors of one or two good apples at Heritage.