Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

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  • The headline says it all

    If you wonder why so many people are concerned about Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren’s potential appointment to lead the Obama administration’s new consumer financial protection agency, the headline of a new Bloomberg Businessweek cover story offers a good clue: She’s With the Government, And She’s Here to Help You might also appreciate this North Carolina-related excerpt from the piece: Were it not for a head of prematurely gray hair, Patrick McHenry could still pass for the college Republican he once was. Elected to Congress from North Carolina seven years ago at age 29, he speaks through an assiduous smile and arches his eyebrows as he listens—furrowing them quizzically at arguments he disagrees with. In late May, McHenry assumed the role of Warren’s chief antagonist in Congress. At an oversight hearing he was chairing, McHenry accused Warren of misleading Congress about whether she had given advice to Treasury and Justice Dept. officials who were investigating companies for mortgage fraud. McHenry said she had concealed her conversations. Warren insisted she had disclosed them. The hearing then took a bizarre turn. McHenry called for a recess so members of the committee could go to the House floor for a vote. Warren replied that she had agreed to testify for an hour and could not stay any longer. “Congressman, you are causing problems,” she said. “We had an agreement.” Offended, McHenry shot back: “You’re making this up, Ms. Warren. This is not the case.” Warren’s response, an outraged gasp, was played on cable news.
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Rick Henderson and Anthony Hennen’s new Carolina Journal Online report details a study showing that North Carolinians would face a massive tax increase if they are forced to pay all promised pension benefits for retired government workers. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the most important numbers…
    Mitch Kokai, July 13, 2011
  • Borders responds to Munger’s comments about governments creating jobs

    The latest Ideas Matter update from Max Borders features his response to the recent video clip from Duke professor Michael Munger on government efforts to create jobs. Transferring resources and people from the productive sector to the less-or-non-productive sector destroys prosperity. So…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
  • Thomas details the president’s favorite war

    Cal Thomas‘ latest column documents President Obama’s ongoing war against the successful: This president, more than any other in my lifetime, seems determined to punish and discourage success and the hard work, risk-taking and values by which one must live in order to attain…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
  • Obama’s personal health care story might not have been true? Shocking

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article delves into the details of one of President Obama’s most compelling stories during the campaign for ObamaCare: During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama often discussed his mother’s struggle with cancer. Ann Dunham spent the months before her…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
  • Hayes muses on Obama’s about-face on tax hikes during an economic downturn

    Stephen Hayes‘ latest Weekly Standard article questions the change of heart from President Barack Obama on the issue of raising taxes as the economy struggles. In a 75-minute meeting Sunday night, President Obama once again demanded that more than $1 trillion in tax increases…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
  • A deal that was easy to refuse

    Rich Lowry‘s latest National Review Online column dissects the proposed debt-ceiling deal that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner rejected: The so-called grand bargain that Boehner eschewed wasn’t so grand. It would have raised taxes by $1 trillion while leaving untouched the federal government’s newest…
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen Welsh’s latest Carolina Journal Online report details a new state law loosening restrictions for probation and parole officers who carry concealed guns. John Hood’s Daily Journal outlines “revenue enhancements” conservatives can support to help balance government budgets.
    Mitch Kokai, July 12, 2011