What Are the Libs Up to Now?
A recent online College Fix poll of 1,500 college students found near-unanimity among Democratic college students on defunding police, with 94% of them considered rioting and looting legitimate forms of protest against racial discrimination and police brutality.
For young college liberals the world is a place of rainbows and unicorns.
The poll was facilitated by College Pulse. “The sample was drawn from the company’s undergraduate pool that includes over 270,000 verified students representing more than 900 different colleges and universities in all 50 states,” The College Fix reported.
Just as Democratic college students achieved near-unanimity in supporting defunding the police, Republican college students countered with huge opposition to defunding the police, as 87% of them did not support the idea. Republican college students achieved near-unanimity opposing looting and rioting as legitimate forms of protest, with 95% agreeing that they opposed such practices.
The Trump Agenda
President Trump will expand an executive order on Monday, halting a series of visa programs that bring hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to the United States to take American jobs.
“Obviously American workers have been hurt, and it’s nobody’s fault that the coronavirus hit, but it did do a blow to the economy and to businesses who were furloughing and laying people off, and we want to make sure that Americans get hired into those spots,” said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.
Altogether, the order is expected to free up about 600,000 American jobs for the more than 30,000,000 Americans who are jobless mostly due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
That includes about 287,000 U.S. jobs freed up for Americans that would have otherwise been taken by H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visa workers, according to Cuccinelli.
Halting the J-1 visa program through the end of the year is set to free up about 97,000 U.S. jobs that would have otherwise gone to foreign workers.
Major stock indexes closed higher Monday, led by technology-related shares, as investors weighed optimism over a quick recovery for the domestic economy, or V-shaped rebound, against evidence of an acceleration of COVID-19 infections in half of all U.S. states and elsewhere in the world.
High-flying technology companies that outshined the market during the pandemic helped propel major stock indexes higher on Monday, after the weekend saw cases of the disease caused by the novel strain of coronavirus pick up momentum as more U.S. states and businesses reopened.
Investors still view local governments as reluctant to reinstitute restrictions on social activities or stall plans to ease lockdown measures further, as the economy shows signs of improvement from the depths of the COVID-19 crisis.
“Virus numbers are picking up,” said Bruce Bittles, chief investment strategist at Robert W. Baird & Co. “But it’s not to the extent that we’re looking at a shutdown again.”
Bittles said investors have become upbeat about better-than-expected U.S. economic data and hopes that Congress will pass another nearly $1 trillion fiscal stimulus package this summer.
“That’s all a big positive for the economy,” he said.
In Other News
A French rooster, who became a symbol of tensions between traditional rural France and encroaching urbanity in a court battle over his early-morning crowing, has died, his owner said Thursday.
Maurice the cockerel rose to national fame after his dawn cock-a-doodle-doos so annoyed a retired couple with a holiday home on the picturesque island of Oleron in western France that they took the owner to court in a bid to silence him.
The case last year was seen as a symbol of the strains between the traditions of rural France and city-dwellers, who use the countryside as a place for second homes but have a thin skin for countryside smells and sounds.
His owner Corinne Fesseau told AFP that Maurice, 6, had died of coryza — a respiratory infection common among chickens.
“Maurice was an emblem, a symbol of rural life and a hero,” said Fesseau, who buried him in her garden.
Maurice however had the last cock-a-doodle-doo — the French court threw out the legal complaint and he was allowed to carry on with his morning ritual unimpeded.