TRUST YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT ON THIS ONE.
Is cancelling extended unemployment payments driving people to work? The WSJ and NYT both did a review on Missouri, one of the first states to reduce the rate. Guess what? Their studies differ.
The WSJ says it is, but the NYT says it isn’t. Oh yea, the Missouri Governor is a Republican.
Americans are leaving unemployment rolls more quickly in states cutting off enhanced and extended pandemic-related benefits. The number of unemployment-benefit recipients is falling at a faster rate in Missouri and the 21 states canceling those payments this month, suggesting that ending the aid could push more people to take jobs. The number of workers paid benefits through regular state programs fell 13.8% by the week ended June 12 from mid-May—when many governors announced changes—in states saying that benefits would end in June, according to an analysis by Jefferies LLC economists.
The NYT says different:
In the St. Louis Mo. metropolitan area, work-force development officials said they had seen virtually no uptick in applicants since the governor’s announcement, which ended a $300 weekly supplement to other benefits. And the online job site Indeed found that in states that have abandoned the federal benefits, clicks on job postings were below the national average. …
So you’ll have to decide for yourself. Me? I have no doubt it is. In polls most Americans agree with my assessment, even a NYT survey.
Just over half of Americans — 52% — want the extra benefits to end immediately, according to a survey of 2,600 adults conducted this month for The New York Times by the online research firm Momentive.
An additional 30 percent want the benefits to end in September as planned.
Only 16 percent want the additional benefits to continue indefinitely.
SOME OTHER SURPRISING (MAYBE) NEWS:
Look at who is having a fundraiser today — and it is doing well:
Governor Cuomo of New York has a $10,000 per person fundraising event in New York City.
Remember all the charges about nursing home deaths and sexual harassment? They sure quieted down didn’t they? It’s nice to be a Democrat surrounded by Democratic office holders.
The event will be one of his first big in-person events to raise money for a campaign since the coronavirus pandemic began and since the Governor lifted Virus restrictions recently.
Remember all you heard about the Department of Justice being political in the last administration? Which is funny since the former President fired his first AG (Jeff Sessions) for failure to act and ended up at odds with his second to the point where in his book Barr says that the President asked him “why do you hate Trump?”
Well here’s news from this DOJ.
They are suing the state of Georgia alleging its new voting law aims to restrict the rights of Black voters. If you’ve followed this whole travesty in Georgia, you know their new voting laws were better than the President’s home state (Delaware). Even Stacey Abrams has changed her tune on the law and ID requirement.
In fact, if you saw the surveys you know minorities were more supportive of the ID requirement than whites.
So is this DOJ political? You won’t see that analysis in the NYT or in any MSM report.
Did you see the Supreme Court refused to hear a Virginia school board’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity? Thus, the student can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Now weren’t we told that adding Judges Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett was going to change everything? Where are the left who made those charges and their supporters in the media apologizing now? I haven’t seen nor heard them. Have you?
Along those lines, where are the Republican leaders telling the American people they were lied to?
Where are those leaders demanding Speaker Pelosi speak up on the infrastructure bill? She hasn’t said a word since saying she would bring it up without the second spending bill to get to the trillions more they want. Since the President had to back down and explain himself why aren’t they after her?
WHAT ARE OUR KIDS LEARNING?
In this released Axios and Momentive poll half of younger Americans say they hold a positive view of capitalism; while socialism’s appeal is growing, driven by Black Americans and women.
Here are some numbers:
Down from 81% in Jan. 2019, now only 66% of Republicans and GOP leaners ages 18-34 have a positive view of capitalism.
56% of younger Republicans say the government should pursue policies that reduce the wealth gap. This was up from just 40% two years ago.
In 2019, 58% of Americans ages 18-34 reacted positively to the word “capitalism.” Today that has fallen to 49%.
Socialism has positive connotations for 60% of Black Americans, 45% of American women and 33% of non-white Republicans.
The bottom line according to Axios is this:
Politicians looking to attack opponents to their left can no longer use “socialist” as an all-purpose pejorative. Increasingly, it’s worn as a badge of pride.
We can hope that Winston Churchills famous “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain,” holds true for the generation to follow.
WHAT’S THE REAL STORY WITH IRAN TODAY
We bomb an Iran supported terrorist outpost. They retaliated yesterday with a counterattack and we reacted. Then the President meeting with an Israeli leadership team announced that Iran “would never have a nuclear weapon under his watch.” Sounds ominous at a time we are supposedly disengaging from the area.
So what gives?
In my opinion it is all a set up for a reengagement of the cancelled Iran agreement by President Trump. The negotiations have been ongoing. The polls are not exactly supportive. Isreal was in town. So lots of noise and stay tuned to hear about the progress on putting the agreement back in place. Of course the end date of the agreement will be after the administration leaves office, to “keep a promise” — if you trust everything.
OH I DIDN’T KNOW THAT
I saw the President’s aide and then his press secretary support the argument that its the Republicans who are defunding the police. That doesn’t even need a comment, except this one. You know the old you can fool some of the people all the time. Watch this and see how many are fooled.