Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 2,326)

  • New at CJO: National study questions public pension funding

    Anthony Greco’s latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses on a new national study that raises red flags about funding of government pension programs across the country.
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
  • Murdock mulls press freedoms south of the border

    Deroy Murdock’s latest column focuses on the propensity among Latin American “heavies” to take away press freedoms: Latin heavies generally have shifted away from messy tactics such as beating journalists in the streets or jailing them. Instead, denunciations, lawsuits, and denials of broadcast licenses accomplish the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
  • An alternative to ObamaCare

    Yuval Levin and Ramesh Ponnuru have generated a debate by proposing an idea that goes beyond simple repeal of ObamaCare: an insurance tax credit. Levin and Ponnuru spell out their basic argument and discuss opposing views in a new article for National Review Online.
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
  • Still blaming the ‘Bush tax cuts’

    Three years after taking over for George W. Bush, President Obama is still trying to win political points by attacking the "Bush tax cuts" enacted during the 43rd president's first term in the White House. In an article for Human Events, Donald Lambro rebuts the president's arguments: In “the last decade, if we had simply found a way to pay for the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit, our deficit would currently be at low historical levels in the coming years,” Obama said. Whenever Obama talks about paying for tax cuts, he means, but does not say, raising taxes on someone else. It never occurs to him, nor does he say, that the tax cuts can pay for themselves through increased economic growth and higher employment. That is exactly what President Bush’s 2003 accelerated tax cuts did in the remaining years of his presidency, a five-year period when the unemployment rate fell well below 6%, and tax revenues rose by hundreds of billions of dollars, cutting the budget deficit in half, according to government revenue and budget deficit statistics. ...
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report highlights key elements of the N.C. House budget plan. John Hood’s Daily Journal compares the N.C. House’s budget priorities with those of Gov. Beverly Perdue.
    Mitch Kokai, April 28, 2011
  • New at CJO: Special-needs education tax credits clear first hurdle

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online report focuses the progress of N.C. House legislation designed to offer education tax credits to parents of children with special needs.
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
  • New JLF report explains federal stimulus money for high-speed rail makes no sense for North Carolina

    Look at the situation from a budgetary, traffic congestion, or environmental perspective, and you’ll reach the same conclusion: North Carolina should reject any federal stimulus money for high-speed rail. That’s the conclusion national urban and transit policy expert Wendell Cox reaches in a new John Locke Foundation Policy Report. Joseph…
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011
  • Those crazy extremists pushing for a fiscally sound budget

    An unsigned National Review brief focuses on the response to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan‘s budget plan: The fights over the continuing resolutions to fund the government through the end of September were just skirmishes. Ryan’s budget begins a battle that will continue through the 2012 elections.
    Mitch Kokai, April 27, 2011