Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 9)

  • Fighting waste and fraud

    H. Sterling Burnett describes for the American Thinker the Trump administration’s efforts to uncover waste and fraud in the federal government. Early in his tenure as secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Ryan Zinke asked for a briefing on DOI grant programs and found to his…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
  • Don’t emulate the ‘Nordic glass ceiling’

    Nima Sanandaji of the Cato Institute urges caution for those who believe the United States should follow Nordic countries’ lead when it comes to gender-equity programs. A common view is that Nordic gender equality reflects the social welfare policies of these nations. Indeed, Nordic governments advertise their welfare…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
  • Recent research ties large-scale economic woes to too much household debt

    Amir Sufi and Atif Mian describe at Barron’s their research into links between household debt and economic busts. [T]he Great Recession showed us we can predict a slowdown in economic activity by looking at rising household debt. In the U.S. and across many other countries, changes in household…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
  • Tariffs’ impact on American businesses

    Surprise, surprise! Bigger businesses would have an easier time than their smaller competitors taking the economic hit from new tariffs. Jack Hough offers details at Barron’s. Campbell Soup got some free publicity when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held aloft a can of chicken noodle during a March 2…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that Volkswagen settlement money could generate another separation-of-powers dispute in N.C. state government. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains the modern conservative alliance.
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2018
  • Leef pans forced college application proposals

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column challenges the idea of mandatory college applications. Legislators in New Mexico are pushing a bill that would make students apply to at least one college while they are still juniors in high school. This legislation reflects the powerful belief that college should be…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2018
  • A new meaning for Star Wars

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon describes the Pentagon’s preparations for potential warfare in space. The Pentagon is preparing for war should China, Russia, or other adversaries attack vital American satellites and other space systems, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Wednesday. John Rood, undersecretary of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2018
  • Allowing kids to sue over climate change

    Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller details a disturbing federal court ruling from the West Coast. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in favor of 21 children and young adults suing the U.S. government for not doing enough to protect their constitutional right to a stable climate. The…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2018