Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,391)

  • Another argument against corporate welfare

    Chris Christie and John Kasich have done some great things, but the New Jersey and Ohio governors are among those state leaders who deserve raspberries for continuing to play the targeted corporate incentives game, as documented in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. Ohio…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
  • He’s probably never heard of the ‘labor theory of value’ …

    … but a Wisconsin worker quoted in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek understands the idea is bunk: Now, Johnson is counting on training in computerized machine operation to put him at the forefront of the manufacturing-led recovery. He’s hungry for the work. “They aren’t going…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
  • Valuing liberty

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek features a cover story that explores “Why Bin Laden Lost.” You could quit reading after the first two paragraphs: The United States has no purpose. That is perhaps its greatest achievement. America’s founding document, its Declaration of Independence, allows that a state…
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report details the contentious N.C. House committee debate over an informed-consent abortion bill. John Hood’s Daily Journal focuses on the need to find a proper balance between disclosure and privacy in campaign finance laws.
    Mitch Kokai, May 12, 2011
  • Goldberg asks a different question about Osama bin Laden’s death

    Many have asked why the Obama administration has released no photos of the dead Osama bin Laden. At National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg poses a different question: We should be asking, “Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?” The White House says the information in bin Laden’s compound is the equivalent of a “small college library,” potentially containing incalculably valuable and unique data on al-Qaeda operations, personnel, and methods. “It’s going to be great even if only 10 percent of it is actionable,” a government official told Politico’s Mike Allen. I’m no expert on such matters — though I’ve talked to several about this — but even a casual World War II buff can understand that the shelf life of actionable intelligence would be extended if we hadn’t told the whole world, and al-Qaeda in particular, that we had it. It’s a bit like racing to the microphones to announce you’ve stolen the other team’s playbook before you’ve had a chance to use the information in the big game.
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • The need for redistricting reform – now on the big screen!

    We know that the odd couple pairing of John Hood and Chris Fitzsimon at a recent news conference on redistricting reform must have convinced you that the cause is worthy. But if you still need convincing, make plans now to join North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform two weeks…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • Will you be near your radio at noon?

    John Hood discusses the state budget debate during his latest appearance on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” Perhaps he’ll discuss corporate tax cuts, sales tax myths, and wild claims about 30,000 layoffs.
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011
  • North Carolina needs Medicaid reform to block runaway spending

    Medicaid spending has increased by nearly 300 percent in North Carolina in the past two decades. The program now accounts for nearly a quarter of government spending in the state. A new John Locke Foundation Policy Report warns that Medicaid growth is unsustainable. The report also offers recommendations…
    Mitch Kokai, May 11, 2011