Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 9)

  • A useful nationalism

    Megan McArdle devotes a New York Post column to the type of nationalism America needs now. “Nationalism” has become a dirty word in the modern era, having become inextricably associated with repression of minorities and imperialist ambition. We’ve forgotten that the nationalists actually did start out in the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • Trump the free-trader?

    Joseph Calhoun argues at Real Clear Markets that the Trump administration has taken recent steps that suggest a shift away from the protectionist message that helped decide the 2016 election. Donald Trump’s views on trade until this reset, were of the nativist, mercantilist variety, views long ago discredited…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • Overselling the urban-rural divide

    Samuel Abrams of the American Enterprise Institute warns readers not to overemphasize the extent of the divisions between urban and rural America. In “The Left Behind,” Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow makes the case that rural Americans, when they think of problems facing the nation, focus more on issues…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • Pruitt’s out, attacks on Trump EPA will continue

    Erin Dunne explains for the Washington Examiner why no one should expect left-of-center attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to diminish with the resignation of controversial administrator Scott Pruitt. Now Pruitt is out and Andrew Wheeler, his (at least) temporary replacement, will be a more difficult target…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • Barron’s offers a tariff history lesson

    David Breuhan writes at Barron’s that President Trump could learn lessons about tariffs from fellows named Smoot and Hawley. Stock markets don’t react well to tariffs, which lift costs, result in shortages, and hurt corporate profits. History suggests that the market won’t top its January record until the…
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that an “expired” tax credit for renewable energy is still paying out millions of dollars. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds readers of the consequences that follow when one political party rewrites rules for its own temporary advantage.
    Mitch Kokai, July 9, 2018
  • Martin Center column focuses on declining college enrollment

    Jane Shaw writes for the Martin Center about the impact of declining college and university enrollment. A specter is haunting higher education—the specter of declining enrollments. University and college enrollment has fallen nearly 9 percent since 2011, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, and no one is exactly sure…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2018
  • A tipping point on affirmative action

    David Marcus of the Federalist explains why the mistreatment of Asian-American students could lead to a major change in the debate over affirmative action. What has been known for some time but is now getting the attention it deserves is that affirmative action programs disproportionately harm Asians. In…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2018