Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,391)

  • A symbol of the fight over government overreach

    In the latest TIME, Michael Crowley scarcely disguises his disappointment — along with the disappointment of numerous left-of-center sources he quotes — that the Obama administration has yet to appoint Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren as the first director of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Though the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • Bachmann’s success benefits … Romney? TIME columnist thinks so

    He’s no unbiased observer, but it’s still interesting to read what TIME columnist and Republican political consultant Mike Murphy has to say about Michele Bachmann’s electoral surge. [T]he uncontrolled giggling you hear coming from behind the big blue curtain is from Mitt…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • Asking the wrong questions about the minimum wage

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek takes U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to task for suggesting in 2005 that eliminating the minimum wage “could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely.” The article focuses on the likely impact of the end of a government-mandated minimum wage on the official unemployment…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • If you let people make their own health-care decisions …

    … you’ll see a proliferation of new ideas, like the Qliance Medical Group model described in this Bloomberg Businessweek article. In exchange for monthly fees between $50 and $130, depending on age, Qliance patients can see their doctors as often as they want. “I feel like…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • In need of some nuance … and a dose of Amity Shlaes

    The gist of Zachary Karabell’s latest Bloomberg Businessweek column seems to be that Americans cannot rely on government alone to get the nation out of its economic doldrums: The government is one vital element among many, and society will thrive only when neither too much nor…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington’s latest Carolina Journal Online report compares competing government plans for creating jobs and asks whether any of them are likely to work. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains it’s not true that larger incentives packages and more generous higher-education subsidies will give a state a…
    Mitch Kokai, July 5, 2011
  • New at CJO: Proposed N.C. congressional maps released

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report examines the potential political changes associated with proposed congressional maps unveiled for North Carolina.
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2011
  • Historian Ferguson chides the Republican isolationists

    Niall Ferguson‘s latest Newsweek column takes Republicans to task for buying into an economic argument against battling radical Islamists in the Middle East. President Obama recently announced a new schedule for scaling down the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. A total of 10,000 men…
    Mitch Kokai, July 1, 2011