Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 1,893)

  • New at CJO: State government helps promote aquaculture

    Duke Cheston’s new Carolina Journal Online report focuses on state support for aquaculture.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • National education experts tackle Wake’s school student assignment debate

    Wake County’s “busing for diversity vs. neighborhood schools” debate attracted attention again today during a lunchtime presentation at the Campbell University Law School. Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, and Abigail Thernstrom, adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, offered very different approaches to the notion of assigning…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Ron Paul to speak next week at N.C. State

    Triangle-area fans of Texas congressman Ron Paul have a chance next week to hear him speak at N.C. State University. The university’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter has arranged for Paul to speak 7 p.m. Monday at the McKimmon Center. Paul will discuss themes from the new…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Big money in politics

    One suspects that most critics of “big money” in election campaigns will be distressed to read a report in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek that details potential Republican presidential candidates’ efforts to line-up “high-powered fundraising teams.” Let’s hope they read the final paragraph: Obama raised almost $26…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Guess who likes higher gas prices?

    People who want a larger role for the “green” economy, that’s who. The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers details: [T]here's a silver lining in higher oil prices—or, rather, a green lining—for Obama, who has made clean energy one of his paramount causes. Rising fuel costs could go a long way toward advancing Obama's "Win the Future" vision of an economy remade by green technologies, including electric vehicles, advanced batteries, wind and solar power, and high-speed trains. "If you want to make people switch toward cleaner energy sources," says Nigel J. Gault, chief U.S. economist for IHS Global Insight, "you need to change the price incentives people are facing. One way to do that would be to make traditional energy much more expensive." … … Truth be told, higher prices are what it takes to change the energy consumption habits of large numbers of Americans. "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Energy Secretary Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in 2008 when he was director of the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chu has backed away from that view since taking office.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • Rogers addresses the nuclear ‘renaissance’

    What will Japan’s recent experience with nuclear plants mean for the future of nuclear power generation in the United States? Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers discusses the topic in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek. What impact will Japan have on the global nuclear renaissance? I…
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • The danger of the floating dollar

    A recent issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis highlights New York Sun founding editor Seth Lipsky’s concerns about the impact of allowing the value of the American dollar to float. The creation of dollars, and the status of the dollar as legal tender, is a matter of fiat. Its value is adjusted by the mandarins at the Federal Reserve, depending on variables they only sometimes share with the rest of the world. This would have floored the Framers of our Constitution, who granted Congress the power to coin money and regulate its value in the same sentence in which they gave it the power to fix the standard of weights and measures. …. Now, the record is clear in respect of how America’s founders viewed money. Many of them went into the Second United States Congress, where they established the value of the dollar at 371 ¼ grains of pure silver. The law through which they did that, the Coinage Act of 1792, noted that the amount of silver they were regulating for the dollar was the same as in a coin then in widespread use, known as the Spanish milled dollar. The law said a dollar could also be the free-market equivalent in gold. The Founders did not expect the value of the dollar to be changed any more than the persons who locked away that kilogram of platinum and iridium expected the cylinder to start losing mass. In fact, in this same 1792 law, they established the death penalty for debasing the dollar.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sam Hieb’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a bill that would restrict municipal broadband systems in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal challenges Democrats’ complaints that the Republican-led General Assembly’s top priorities have nothing to do with creating jobs.
    Mitch Kokai, March 22, 2011