first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this March 23 — The emergency $1.8 trillion rescue bill for the combination COVID-19 and economic crisis stalled in the Senate last night. Democratic senators balked at saluting an open and obvious Republican giveaway to the super-rich who own and control the U.S. economy.Observers expect the two capitalist parties that dominate U.S. political life — Republican and Democratic — will reach a “compromise,” as there is pressure on the Democrats to give in. The resulting bill, which the president is expected to sign, might provide a few more crumbs for the workers.These are the same working people of all nationalities and skills who the whole country can now see are indispensable for the functioning of society. With many other workers and students forced to stay at home and shelter in place, medical caregivers, sanitation workers, food workers of all kinds from the farm to the supermarket and those who deliver goods and transport people are showing they are really essential to modern society.Karl Marx wrote that the history of humanity has been a history of class struggle. The appearance of the new virus and the market crash only exacerbated that class struggle between the biggest capitalists and the working class. Now the U.S. ruling class is pursuing every stop to make sure it gets all or nearly all of the nearly $2 trillion first installment provoked by the crisis. The March 21 New York Times “quote of the day” indicated how in the struggle between workers and their bosses, the bosses are giving full attention to this government relief package. It quotes Democratic House Representative Ro Khanna of California: “The only industry that hasn’t been slowed down by the virus is the lobbying industry.” Khanna was referring to “the frantic efforts by lobbyists of all stripes to get a piece” of those trillions.The capitalists want it allAs usual, the super-rich capitalists want it all. And the record of the Trump administration and the Republican Party is to give everything away to the rich. From the beginning, Trump gave the capitalists and the corporations a trillion dollars in tax cuts, opened up government lands to plunder and constricted the rights of workers to organize. The record of the Democratic Party leadership is to put up some token opposition and then capitulate. That’s what the Democrats did last week with the first emergency bill that was supposed to give the public health system some way of containing the virus. Some $58 billion of the money appropriated was earmarked instead to subsidize the airlines industry.That bill’s major provisions were supposed to make it possible for workers to stay at home when they’re sick so they wouldn’t spread the virus − paid sick leave for all. In the end this provision covered only a quarter of the working class.The paid sick leave provision omitted those 48 percent of workers who are employed by giant corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, etc., which employ more than 500 people and don’t give paid sick leave. It potentially omits the 27 percent of workers employed by small businesses with fewer than 50 workers.Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander was so opposed to ordering paid sick leave — in his ideological panic that it might become a permanent rule — that he prevented a better plan from being enacted and almost shot down the entire first emergency bill.Republican Sen. Richard Burr not only protected the property of the super-rich, but he increased his own. He used his insider knowledge about the pandemic from being chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee to “unload 33 stocks owned by him and his spouse” just before the crash. You can read about this in a March 22 article in The Guardian by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (tinyurl.com/r3djtx3)Now all the big corporations are using their lobbyists and their other means of pressuring elected representatives to make sure that the $1.8 trillion package, allegedly aimed at preventing an economic collapse, serves their particular, narrow interests, just as Burr did. They want bailouts for their industry, interest-free loans, etc. Meanwhile there is no equally strong voice for the working class.The biggest noise from the Democratic Party leadership — an accomplice to this giveaway — came when spokesperson Sen. Chuck Schumer complained about the proposed bill. Schumer told reporters on March 22 that the bill as currently written would give bailouts to major corporations without accountability and that it would not provide enough funding for health care workers on the front lines.This same Democratic leadership already made a big contribution to big business by pushing down the Bernie Sanders’ candidacy. Despite Sanders’ limitations — staying safely within the capitalist framework — he at least raised some major points on March 17 regarding an emergency package. (tinyurl.com/uxpzalm)Sanders called for a monthly $2,000 payment to every U.S. household for the duration of the coronavirus crisis; for unemployment insurance of up to 100 percent of a worker’s prior salary with a cap of $75,000; a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures and utility shutoffs; and a waiver on all student loan payments.Sanders also called for Medicare to pick up the medical costs related to COVID-19 and for the federal government to coerce suitable industries to produce needed medical materials. Trump is instead trying to coax or bribe corporations into stepping up, so far with little success.To the extent the final compromise bill lacks vital gains for the workers, it will show how much the Democratic leadership has capitulated to the corporate thieves and their representatives in Congress. It will also show further how a system based on profit is ill-equipped to protect the health of the people.last_img read more

first_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News On Saturday, April 5th, Ramona Convent Secondary School held “Arabian Nights,” its 17th Annual Auction Dinner Dance, in the Lakeview Room at Almansor Court in Alhambra. Current and past parents, alumnae, Board members, faculty, staff, and other friends of Ramona came together to celebrate and support Ramona’s mission to provide an educational program that graduates young women who are characterized by academic excellence, spiritual depth, moral strength, and personal grace, open to the wisdom of other cultures and traditions, and prepared to lead and serve in an evolving interdependent global community.Thanks to the hard work of the Parent Committee, student volunteers, and staff, the event was a wonderful evening of fun, friendship and philanthropy that “made many wishes come true” through silent and live auctions, opportunity drawings, a Wine Wall, and a special “Fund–an–Item” paddle raise for the new Fitness Center that will open in September.“Arabian Nights” was further made possible by the generosity of Payden & Rygel, this year’s Platinum Event Sponsor, along with Gold Sponsors Kathleen and Michael Garvey, Franklin and Phyllis Halladay, and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary; Silver Sponsors Susan Schiffhauer De Pietro, Mike Kenney Insurance Agency, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Drs. Felix and Chasity Nunez, and Linda Reilly Swick; and the William H. Hannon Foundation, our Hawaii Raffle Sponsor.Ramona Convent, 1701 West Ramona Rd., Alhambra, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org. Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Photo Gallery Ramona Convent Celebrates 17th Annual Auction Dinner-Dance STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 11, 2014 | 1:26 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger has given his backing to former Football Association chairman David Bernstein’s claim that club bosses are setting a “terrible example”. The League Managers’ Association, backed by a number of Premier League bosses, has launched a fierce attack on Bernstein’s comments. The LMA said Bernstein’s comments were a “misguided and unhelpful…megaphone commentary from the sidelines” and that he failed to engage with the organisation during his time in office. “I think managers are incredibly responsible,” he said. “The work the LMA do and what managers give back, the help they’re trying to give the FA Commission, for example, I think that would be a wrong thing to say about the managers.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who was fined £8,000 this week for improper conduct, said he backed “every word” of the LMA’s stance. He said: “There’s huge sways back and forth in terms of emotion and how the ebb and flow of the game affects you in terms of the desire you have to see fair play and make sure you’re competing. “Human nature is a thing that, on occasions, your emotions can get the better of you, and football managers aren’t immune to that.” But Arsenal boss Wenger was a lone voice backing Bernstain, saying: “I go along with that [Bernstein’s comments] and I have some work to do on that front as well.” Bernstein had spoken out after being awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours, saying managers were harassing officials and were being too critical of referees after matches. The LMA said in a statement: “We believe the comments are misguided, and unhelpful. It is important to recognise that managers in professional football contribute significantly to the success of the game both on and off the field. “Having spent their lives dedicated to the game, they value it, are committed to seeing it continue to grow and to contribute to its future direction. “It is particularly sad therefore, to find David Bernstein celebrating his CBE by engaging in a megaphone commentary from the sidelines, taking a unilateral swipe at managers, having wholly failed to engage, in any meaningful way, with the LMA and its members during his tenure as FA chairman.” In an interview with Press Association Sport on Monday, Bernstein had said managers need to take more responsibility for their behaviour and were setting “a terrible example for their players, let alone the general public”. Manchester United boss David Moyes attracted attention only this week for criticism of Howard Webb after his side’s loss to Tottenham. He thinks, though, that he and his counterparts are not culpable. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on March 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Over the past 72 hours, Annette Moyer’s phone has been “ringing off the hook,” she told The Daily Orange. Dozens of college coaches at Power 5 programs have called her to inquire about her son, Matthew Moyer, who announced Monday that he would leave the Syracuse program.Moyer did not return a phone call, and his mother declined to explain why he left the program. But she said Moyer plans to make about three official visits as he decides on his next destination. When he finalizes his next stop, Moyer will arrive at the beginning of the summer. Among his top options are Xavier and Stanford, she said. He already has declined offers from “blue-blood programs,” she said, because he wants to be “challenged academically.”The Ohio native originally chose the Orange over offers from Arizona State, Butler, Florida, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin, among others. He became “very interested” in Syracuse because he developed a strong relationship with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara, Annette said. Moyer said that McNamara “found me in Ohio” and knocked on Moyer’s door because he wanted Moyer to play for SU.Moyer’s mother said neither she nor his father wanted him to play at Syracuse out of high school, but Moyer dreamed of playing for the Orange since he was a little kid. He redshirted the entirety of last season and struggled this year in his only active season with Syracuse, oftentimes getting chastised by head coach Jim Boeheim.“Obviously coach Boeheim can be tough sometimes,” Moyer said last week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoyer was the first SU men’s basketball scholarship player to be a student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. That did not factor into Moyer’s decision to leave, she said. Moyer elected to major in Newhouse because of its prestige, not necessarily because he had intentions of a career in communications.Annette added that several coaches who recruited Moyer in high school have told her this week that they are still interested in him. That’s despite his career at SU hitting a few roadblocks — notably an injury on Jan. 24 that contributed to him losing a spot in the starting lineup. Coaches have told Annette that they could “work him into the program well.”last_img read more