Welch, Sanders refute plan to keep Bush tax cuts

first_imgAs President Obama took to the airwaves Monday night to announce a deal to extend President George W Bush’s tax cuts, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called the plan ‘fiscally irresponsible’ and ‘grossly unfair.’ US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comments were even stronger, calling it a “moral outrage.”Sanders issued the following statement today on the agreement announced Monday between the White House and congressional Republicans:‘In my view, it is a moral outrage that at a time when this country has a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and a growing gap between the very rich and everybody else that the Republicans would deny extended unemployment benefits to 2 million workers who are desperately struggling to pay their bills and maintain their dignity. It is also beyond comprehension that the Republicans would hold hostage the entire middle class of this country so that millionaires and billionaires would receive huge tax breaks. In my view, that is not what this country is about and it is not what the American people want to see. Our job is to save the disappearing middle class, not lower taxes for people who are already extraordinarily wealthy and increase the national debt that our children and grandchildren would have to pay.‘The immediate political task in front of us is to rally the American people so that in the next several weeks we can find at least a few Republicans who will join us in saying no to increasing the deficit by giving tax breaks to the wealthy and no to holding the unemployed and the middle class hostage.‘I believe that we have the American people on our side on this issue. My office, and I come from a small state, has received more than 600 calls today, 99 percent of them in opposition to this so-called compromise that the president negotiated with the Republicans.‘I will do everything in my power to stand up for the American middle class and defeat this agreement.’In a letter to Speaker Pelosi that Welch circulated to his House colleagues Monday night, Welch wrote, ‘We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.’Welch will send the letter to Speaker Pelosi after gathering signatures from his colleagues on Tuesday. The full text of the letter is copied below.Dear Madam Speaker,We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons.First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding $700 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare.Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add $700 billion to our national debt, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.Without a doubt, the very same people who support this addition to our debt will oppose raising the debt ceiling to pay for it.We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.Sincerely,PETER WELCHMember of Congresslast_img read more

WSA director speaks at USG senate meeting

first_imgShyann Murphy, director of the Women’s Student Assembly, defended the organization’s mission statement to the Undergraduate Student Government Senate at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Tuesday night.Murphy, a junior, showcased some of their signature events for this year. These include FemFest, which gives space to musicians and artists of marginalized backgrounds; Take Back the Night, which allows sexual assault survivors to speak and heal while advocating for a safer campus; and the upcoming Body Love Week, which encourages “radical self love.”“The focus of Body Love Week this year is to recognize that body love is an ongoing process, so we’re having a lot of events that focus on healing and learning to love your body and learning to appreciate your body,” Murphy said. “As people, we’re constantly invaded with these messages that we’re not enough if our bodies are not enough.”Murphy also explained that being a student at USC is a “huge social privilege,” and that the student body should challenge “oppressive structures of power.”“An oppressive structure of power, in my mind, is anything that discourages and puts a barrier to the success that a group is capable of having,” Murphy said.Murphy cited sexual assault as an example, arguing that women who fear being assaulted are negatively impacted in academic settings, with many victims dropping out of school.USG Residential Senator Giuseppe Robalino said that the description of WSA on its online page sounded too forceful.“I read a description of your group … where you say that you ‘work to dismantle oppressive structures of power,’” Robalino said. “Now my concern … is that considering that all the other programming board assemblies that have been featured on our page, the tone of their mission statement and descriptions are very much about inclusiveness, education, empowerment, but the wording [in the WSA page] could come off as fighting words.”Murphy responded that the reason certain student sectors need inclusion is because they are being oppressed.“By shying away from things that are oppressive structures of power, you are ignoring those structures and allowing them to continue,” Murphy said. “When I look at the campus survey and I see that … women who were sexually assaulted didn’t report their sexual assault because of the structures we have at USC, you don’t encourage them to report. Then that’s a structure of power.”Murphy emphasized that she doesn’t mind the aggressiveness.“I see my position and my budget as a way to dismantle that structure,” Murphy said. “Those might sound like fighting words, but when there are people who don’t feel comfortable and safe on our campus, then it is appropriate to have that fight.”Furthermore, she expressed the importance of not caring about the tone of crucial ideas.“There is this term called ‘tone policing,’” Murphy said. “It’s the idea that when somebody has a certain tone, you’re putting them down or saying my emotions and my tone and the way that I choose to express things doesn’t make my point any less valid or legitimate.”After the meeting, Lena Melilo, WSA assistant director, said that microaggressions are one of the significant ways oppression manifests itself.“You might not even notice them, but all these microaggressions add up,” Melilo said. “If you hear rape jokes on campus, and people say, ‘That’s just a joke,’ that makes you feel unsafe on campus. Or if you’re in a class, and the syllabus only has straight, white, upper middle-class men, then you might not feel like your voice is being heard.”Murphy agreed that sometimes concerns about being too politically correct must be questioned.“There are a lot of concerns about being ‘PC,’ and I think that sometimes [they] come from a place of not wanting to be challenged on everyday things that we just kind of assume,” Murphy said. “So it’s important, especially if you’re concerned that you’re being silenced, for you to question why it is so necessary for you to say that.”Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Sen. Giuseppe Robalino said the wording on the WSA page could come off as exciting. Robalino said it could come off as “fighting words.”  The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

“In Lazio, people looked at me like the Beatles …”

first_imgArgentine Hernán Crespo, former player and current Defense and Justice coach, defined his experience at Lazio as “impressive” and He recalled the difficulties he had in going out for a walk in Rome, since people looked at the players of the capital club “like the Beatles”. “In Lazio I had a fantastic, impressive experience. When we were out on the street in Rome we looked like the Beatles. It was very difficult even to take a simple walk,” Crespo recalled in an interview broadcast late on Wednesday on Italian television “Sky Sport ” “In the end I started to know Rome at night and I got to know the best city in the world”, added the Argentine. After training at River Plate, Crespo arrived in Italy in 1996 when he signed with Parma and, after winning the 1999 UEFA Cup, he signed for the current Italian champion Lazio. He stayed two years in Rome and scored 48 goals in 74 matches, crowning himself with an Italian Super Cup. He also wore the Inter Milan shirts, with which he was triple champion of Italy, Milan and Genoa.Crespo considered that in some respects he feels similar to the Polish Robert Lewandowski and praised the Argentinean Lautaro Martínez, with whom he would like to form a hypothetical forward. “He always fights, he can play alongside another center forward or be the only ‘nine’ in a trident. He is a complete player. And I like his mentality.”, he claimed.last_img read more