We asked and you answered: This week’s poll results are in. From the possibility of Elon Musk taking over Twitter to student loan forgiveness, Liberty Nation readers have weighed in with their opinions.
Should student loans be forgiven?
Result: 93% no and 3% yes
Recently, the Biden administration extended the moratorium on paying federal student loan debt. Originally started by former President Donald Trump to help during the pandemic, it has been lengthened several times. It was due to end May 1, but that has been moved forward to Aug. 31. The plan allows for students to postpone payments at 0% interest.
“Millions of student loan borrowers would face significant economic hardship, and delinquencies and defaults could threaten Americans’ financial stability,” the Federal Reserve warned if an extension wasn’t granted.
The poll results show just how our readers feel about this. People, even students, need to pay their debts. Forgiving student loans isn’t a new concept to get through the pandemic; it’s been a platform showpiece for Democrats for a while.
Will Elon Musk attempt a takeover of Twitter?
Result: 89% yes and 11% no
In last week’s poll, we asked if Musk’s decision to buy 9.2% of Twitter was a positive result for free speech. Most of the voters, 87%, said yes. This week, we wondered if the Tesla man was going to try to take over the social media platform, and, again, most agreed. Now, Musk has proposed to pay “$43 billion for the company, a 38% premium from the share-price level when he announced his intentions,” according to Forbes. “The poison pill measure is a strong indication Twitter’s board doesn’t like his offer, though it has yet to formally turn it down.” Forbes further explained that the poison pill is a protection of sorts for the company that lets Twitter “sell discounted stock, reducing Musk’s ownership.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams wants New York schools to be under “mayoral control.” Do you agree with this idea?
Result: 92% disagree and 8% agree
Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants to make sure the city’s schools remain under mayoral control. This is not new, since former Mayor Bill de Blasio was able to repeatedly extend the policy, which is now expected to end June 30, 2022. It was initially established by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved in 2002.
Before this change, the Board of Education ran the show. Now, the mayor has authority to choose the school chancellor. The policy also made the Department of Education a city agency, which meant locally elected community school boards were no more.
Adams put out a public plea after Governor Kathy Hochul left the proposed extension for mayoral control out of the state’s new $220 billion budget, the New York Post reported. Although the mayor admitted he did get some of the items he wanted passed, he added, “There’s more to do. And we have to deal with the issues around school governance. Mayoral accountability is important.”
Adams continued, saying now it is a very important time to pass this, since he is the first black mayor of the city and David C. Banks is the first black chancellor of the schools:
“If we can’t have the control to fix our educational system, that just sends the wrong message. I’m hoping that lawmakers look at that and see how important it is to give Chancellor Banks [and] Mayor Adams the opportunity to fix the inequities in our school system.”
To see previous poll results, go here.