Sanders: Trump’s budget is a disaster for Vermont

first_imgby US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) President Trump’s budget is morally obscene and bad economic policy.  It would cause devastating economic pain to tens of thousands of Vermonters making it harder for our children to get a decent education, harder for our working families to get the health care they desperately need, harder to protect our environment, and harder for the elderly to live out their retirement years in dignity.  Sadly, it follows in the footsteps of the Trump-Ryan health care bill which gives massive tax breaks to the people on top, while throwing 23 million Americans off of their health insurance and dramatically raising premiums for older workers.This is a budget which says that if you are the richest family in America, the Walton family of Wal-Mart, you can get a tax break of up to $52 billion through the repeal of the estate tax.  But, at the same time, it says that if you are a lower income senior citizen in Vermont you and 21,000 other Vermont families will not be able to keep your home warm in the winter because the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) would be abolished.This is a budget that says that if you are the second wealthiest family in America, the Koch brothers family, a family which has contributed many hundreds of millions into the Republican Party, you may get a tax break of up to $38 billion.  But at the same time, if you are a working class student in Vermont trying to figure out how you could possibly afford college, your dream of a college education could disappear along with over 20,000 other Vermonters through the elimination of a number of student financial assistance programs.It is a budget which says that if you are a member of the Trump family you may receive a tax break of up to $4 billion, but if you are a child of a working class family in Vermont you and 100,000 other Vermonters could lose the health insurance you currently have through massive cuts to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid.At a time when over 40 million Americans are struggling with hunger, the Trump budget would eliminate nutrition assistance to 2,800 pregnant women, new moms, babies, and toddlers in Vermont through a 23 percent cut to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.  An additional 21,000 Vermonters would no longer receive the supplemental nutrition assistance they need to feed their families.The Trump budget would cut-off affordable housing assistance to more than 700 Vermont families, putting them at risk of eviction and homelessness.  It would cut Head Start in Vermont by $1.7 million, which could throw 140 low-income children off high-quality child care and early education.  It would kick 7,100 students in Vermont off of after-school programs. Meanwhile, at a time of massive wealth and income inequality, President Trump would provide a $3 trillion tax break to the top 1 percent over a ten year period.  This is the Robin Hood principle in reverse – taking from the poor and working people and giving to the very rich.  When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he told the American people that he would be a different type of Republican.  That he would take on the political and economic establishment.  That he would stand up for working people.  That he understood the pain that families all over this country were feeling. Sadly, this budget exposes all of that verbiage for what it really was – just cheap campaign rhetoric that was meant to get votes — nothing more than that.The budget that President Trump has proposed would break virtually every promise he made to the working people of this country.  During the campaign, candidate Trump promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.But now that he is president, Donald Trump has proposed a budget and health care bill that would slash Medicaid by more than $1 trillion, raid the Medicare fund by more than $125 billion, and make massive cuts to Social Security for people who have severe disabilities, children who have lost their parents, and the poor. The economic theory embraced by the Trump budget, trickle-down economics, is and it has always been an abysmal failure and a fraud.  This is a budget written by the billionaire class and is designed to benefit the billionaire class.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.President Trump’s budget must be soundly defeated and replaced with a budget that meets the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor – not just the 1 percent.Washington. 5.30.2017last_img read more

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All tennis events planned for the year postponed

first_imgTennis BY SABRINA GALATAU The PNG Tennis tournaments planned for this year have been postponed due to the Government restrictions on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which has put a hold to all sporting activities. “A lot of the tournaments that the athletes were to compete in from mid-March this year have been either postponed or cancelled outright” says the president for PNG Tennis Association and Oceania Tennis Federation board member, Barbara Stubbings. The Oceania Tennis Federation is an event that leads to the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships. The championship is the regional event where selections are made for juniors to participate in touring teams to Australia and New Zealand. Selections are made based on success and performances at these events. There are lists of significant Tennis events that are affected by Covid-19 and have rescheduled to later dates. The events include; – The West Pacific Regional Championships for the Juniors’ tournaments in Port Vila, Vanuatu is now scheduled for 20th to 24th July this year. This tournament is critical in the OTF as it leads to the POJC to be held in Lautoka, Fiji. It is also an opportunity for athletes to view for scholarship placing at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Regional Training Centre based in Lautoka Fiji. – For the Senior athletes participating in the Nations Cup tournament to be held in Apia, Samoa on 26th to 31st May is more likely to be rescheduled later this year. The Nations Cup is a team’s event where the athletes compete in two singles matches and one doubles match. – The Fed Cup and Davis Cups level have been postponed also for the Elite Seniors. In 2019 PNG was represented in the Pacific Oceania Fed Cup Team by Abigail Tere-Apisah and Violet Apisah and in the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup Team by Mathew Stubbings. PNG Tennis Association is expected to host the PNG Open at the Port Moresby Racquets Club later this year. This will only be possible through the National Government’s decision to lift state-of-emergency restriction orders, said Stubbings. The regional and international exposure will definitely boost local talent in the areas of confidence and match play. It is important and critical to be very competitive locally before transitioning to international stage. “Like any other sports, once you reach a certain level locally; you need to be exposed to another level to continue to improve and master your game,” said Stubbings. She also added that together with the OTF, PNG Tennis will continue to monitor the situation as the event dates draw closer; both regionally and internationally.last_img read more

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Hamilton wins in Brazil as Mercedes take fifth F1 title

first_imgSAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – A lucky Lewis Hamilton won a tense Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday as his Mercedes team clinched the constructors’ title for the fifth year in a row and Max Verstappen raged at a lost opportunity. The win was the 72nd of Hamilton’s stellar career and 10th of a season that has already seen the 33-year-old Briton clinch his fifth championship, delivering Mercedes their fifth successive double.Hamilton had started on pole position but could not hold off Red Bull’s Verstappen, who led until a collision with Force India backmarker Esteban Ocon on the 44th of 71 laps sent the Dutchman into a spin and put the Mercedes driver back in front.A seething and swearing Verstappen battled back but could not close the gap, finishing runner-up 1.469 seconds adrift of Hamilton, who had never previously won in a season where he has taken the title with races to spare. Verstappen then took matters into his own hands in an angry post-race confrontation with Ocon that led to both being summoned by stewards.Ferrari’s veteran Kimi Raikkonen held off Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to complete the podium on his 150th start for the Italian team.Ferrari had to score 13 points more than Mercedes to keep their hopes alive until Abu Dhabi at the end of the month but failed, with Sebastian Vettel finishing only sixth and behind Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in fifth. Mercedes now have 620 points with Ferrari on 553 and 43 still to be won.“That’s it. That’s the double, mate. MercedesAMG are the world champs,” Hamilton was told as he took the chequered flag at Interlagos after a race fraught with concerns about his tyres and engine.“It’s been an incredible journey with them. This is what everyone worked for, for the whole year,” said the ecstatic champion as the celebrations started with one race to go. “I’ve always told you how much of an honour it is to drive for them. Today was the best style that we could do it because we were struggling, we had problems to the end. We were a sitting duck at one stage.”Only the sport’s oldest and most successful team Ferrari have previously managed to win five championships in a row, taking six in succession during their golden Michael Schumacher era from 1999 to 2004.“It was a very difficult season, we had up and downs. Ferrari came back very strong and Red Bull at the end but that makes the championship victory even more enjoyable,” said team boss Toto Wolff. Verstappen, winner in Mexico two weeks ago, joined Hamilton on the podium but the Dutchman knew he should have been on the top step.The collision was the talking point of the day, with arguments on both sides.Ocon was handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for causing it but that came as no consolation for Verstappen, whose colourful language over the radio was largely bleeped out for television viewers.When the Dutchman found Ocon, at the post-race scales, matters became more physical with the Red Bull driver caught on television confronting the young Frenchman and giving him a shove. “You do everything well, you go through the field, we had a great car and then by such an idiot you get taken out while he’s being lapped. I have no words,” said Verstappen.“You can easily say afterwards that I have much more to lose than him but I’m just trying to do my race. Suddenly, a backmarker is trying to race you and taking a stupid risk to dive inside. What can I do about it?“The penalty for me is that I lost the victory but hopefully in 15 years’ time we can laugh about it.” Sauber’s Ferrari-bound rookie Charles Leclerc was ‘best of the rest’, the Monegasque finishing seventh after running as high as fourth during the pitstops.Haas savoured a double points finish to close on fourth-placed Renault, with Romain Grosjean eighth and Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen ninth.Ocon’s Mexican team mate Sergio Perez took the final point for a team that had hoped for much more.last_img read more

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