Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,837)

  • Two contrasting world-views drive ‘The Battle for America’s Soul’

    We often think of today’s major political debates in terms of Democratic vs. Republican ideas, or liberal vs. conservative ideas. But the most fundamental differences can be traced to contrasting world-views that have battled for supremacy for at least the last two millennia. Dr. C.L. Gray, founder of Physicians for…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • Speaking of populist demagoguery …

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online explores President Obama’s use of an ageless political tactic. Under a more skilled practitioner such as Barack Obama, the arts of demagoguery have become somewhat more refined in our time, but they nevertheless follow the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • Carney urges GOP to employ a little populism

    If President Obsma wants to says that Republican congressional leaders are using the federal debt ceiling “as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners, or oil and gas companies that are making billions of dollars because the price of gasoline…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • Part of the problem

    An article from Michael Grunwald in the latest TIME offers the following assessment of the debt-limit debate: Traditionally, raising the debt ceiling has been a formality, a chance for the out-of-power party to complain about red ink before borrowing proceeds as usual.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • Joe Klein makes a good point

    Now that the “man bites dog” headline has attracted your attention, you should know that Joe Klein’s latest column includes some of his usual silliness. But look beyond the attacks on the “superwealthy,” and you’ll find a valid point: Conservatives, like liberals, routinely take…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • The economic advantage for right-to-work states

    The latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis features a speech from Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. While discussing the recent controversy surrounding Boeing’s new plant in right-to-work South Carolina, Mix offers the following: Under a decades-old political…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report documents Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of proposed regulatory reforms. John Hood’s Daily Journal predicts a rematch of 2008’s gubernatorial contest between Perdue and Republican Pat McCrory.
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2011
  • Re: Stimulus destroys

    Jon, Now sounds like a good time to revisit the thoughts Thomas Woods shared about stimulus spending during a spring 2010 Carolina Journal Radio/CarolinaJournal.tv interview. We asked Woods whether he thought it was likely politicians ever would turn away from the stimulus approach.
    Mitch Kokai, July 8, 2011