Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 5)

  • Nationalizing Congress

    Jay Cost offers National Review Online readers a suggestion for improving Congress. I think the problem is that Congress as a constitutional entity is too parochial to govern for the national interest. If this analysis is correct, then what we need to do is find ways to nationalize…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
  • Democrats and foreign interference

    Andrew McCarthy of National Review Online highlights a Democratic double standard. The foreign-affairs component of Trump’s populist platform seemed to be: better relations with Putin, NATO bashing, skepticism about American interventions and military commitments, and halting the U.S. taxpayer-funded gravy train for European security. Europeans did not like…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on Senate approval of the state farm bill, including provisions for industrial hemp. Dan Way reports on the N.C. elections board’s decision to delay certification of vendors providing voting machines. The Daily Journal urges policymakers to avoid a top-down approach…
    Mitch Kokai, June 18, 2019
  • Martin Center column probes UNC’s ‘hub for social justice’

    Magdalene Horzempa writes for the Martin Center about UNC-Chapel Hill’s support for “social justice” protesters. Campus protests started in the 1960s, but protests on today’s college campuses have a different vibe. While protests in the past pitted students against university leadership, protests in the present are supported and accommodated…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
  • Monetary policy, taxation, and power

    Steve Forbes focuses in Forbes magazine on the links between money and power. Historians and pundits routinely overlook the fundamental importance of monetary policy and taxation in the rise and fall of great powers. They churn out countless books on strategy, growing or declining economic strength, weapons systems,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
  • Health Reimbursement Accounts and choice

    Robert Moffit writes for the Daily Signal about the impact of a recent Trump administration action. The new rule will significantly expand the permitted uses of tax-advantaged health reimbursement accounts, or HRAs. Today, these special employer-based accounts, in which funds can be rolled over year to year, are…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
  • Democratic debate as beauty contest

    Monica Showalter argues for the American Thinker that the 20-person Democratic presidential debate resembles a beauty pageant more than a legitimate political contest. Why do I call this a beauty contest? Because 20 is still too many to conduct a credible debate. Supposedly, the groups will be split…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019
  • Democrats not as open as Trump about top judicial appointments

    Susan Crabtree of Real Clear Politics reports that Democrats are compiling a list of potential post-Trump judicial appointments. In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump took the unusual step of pledging to choose his Supreme Court nominees from a list vetted and compiled by Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to…
    Mitch Kokai, June 17, 2019