Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,862)

  • With friends like these …

    One of the best things President Obama has going for him is vocal criticism from “noted African-American scholar” Cornel West. But some, including Newsweek, note concern about the possible electoral impact of the 15-city “poverty” tour West concocted with the help of radio host Tavis Smiley.
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2011
  • Obama as Neville Chamberlain?

    We’ve seen recent media comparisons of our current president to FDR, Truman, Reagan, even George W. Bush. But the latest Newsweek offers another interesting comparison: Obama as Neville Chamberlain. While right-of-center observers might agree with the notion that Obama’s disinterest…
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online today on the upcoming legislative session devoted primarily to state constitutional amendments. John Hood’s Daily Journal details the positive impact of privately run intercity bus services.
    Mitch Kokai, August 22, 2011
  • Hood urges caution in analyzing North Carolina’s 10.1 percent unemployment rate

    Unemployment has climbed above 10 percent in North Carolina for the first time since September 2010, and left-of-center politicians and pundits are blaming the new Republican-written state budget. John Hood suggests those critics might want to think again. For instance, the ESC used seasonal adjustments in…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2011
  • Economist Skousen takes Buffett, Stein to task on taxing the rich

    Billionaire Warren Buffett and economist/actor Ben Stein have made public pronouncements supporting higher taxes for "the rich." In a new column posted at Human Events, economist Mark Skousen explains why they're wrong. Of course, Buffett and Stein are correct in one way: The rich can afford to pay more in taxes. The rich (I’m in this category) have surplus wealth that we can draw on to send to Washington. The real question: Is that a good idea? Suppose an American entrepreneur earns $1 million, and is able to save half of it after paying taxes and his living expenses. He can use that half a million dollars in a variety of ways: 1. Expand his business, or start a new business (creating new jobs). 2. Invest in other successful businesses, i.e., invest in stocks and bonds, or through private venture capital. 3. Place funds in bank savings or CDs, which in turn might be loaned out to businesses. 4. Give money to good causes—charities, churches, think tanks and alma maters (e.g., scholarships for needy students). 5. Make improvements on his home by hiring skilled workers, etc., or spend the money in other ways. Or send the tax money into Washington in hopes that the money will be used appropriately.
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2011
  • John Podhoretz: Obama is doomed

    Don’t believe the New York Post columnist and Commentary editor? Perhaps you’ll believe history. Unless something extraordinarily dramatic comes along to change the course of the US economy and the sentiments of the American people in the next six months, Barack Obama is finished.
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2011
  • York explores support for Obama’s ‘green jobs’ initiatives

    Byron York‘s latest Washington Examiner article suggests flagging support for the president’s “green jobs” agenda: Some top Congressional Democrats are losing faith in President Obama’s signature employment initiative, the promotion of so-called “green jobs.” They’ve lost so much faith that on Thursday one liberal…
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2011
  • In case you missed it …

    WTVD asked the John Locke Foundation for its reaction to the arrest of an 89-year-old Wake County man on voter fraud charges. The voter had cast two separate ballots in the 2010 election.
    Mitch Kokai, August 19, 2011