Betsy DeVos Distinguishes Herself as a Skillful Politician

Upon arriving in the nation’s capital as Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, some initial controversy as well as misconceptions abounded about Betsy DeVos. A major misconception arose from the thought that DeVos was not politically savvy. People in D.C., and elsewhere around the country are learning that nothing could be more untrue than the idea that Betsy DeVos is not politically savvy.

 

The reality is that even her own nomination battle underscores that DeVos is a talented political tactician. While it is true that the Vice President needed to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos as Secretary of Education, she nonetheless was approved to join the President’s Cabinet against what many people contended was an impossible goal for her to achieve. This is how underestimated DeVos was when her Senate confirmation hearings commenced.

 

After being confirmed at taking the helm at the U.S. Department of Education, DeVos again demonstrated her skill as a politician. Fairly early on during her time in office, President Trump began rattling about his desired to rescind the Obama Administration’s rule about transgender people using restrooms that best reflected their own gender identities.

 

Some individuals were surprised to learn that DeVos did not initially favor this policy change. Indeed, she lobbied her boss, Donald Trump, to maintain the Obama Administration policy.

 

In the end, Trump made the decision to rescind the Obama policy regarding restrooms in public schools. When he made the decision, DeVos joined the President in supporting his policy. Indeed, directly after this decision, she spoke on behalf of the Administration at a large conservative confab. She specifically, and convincingly, explained the policy change and demonstrated no daylight between her position and that of the President. In other words, she lobbied for her position regarding this issue, but when a decision was made, she became a full team player, as a member of a presidential administration really is expected to become more often than not.

 

Also early in her time in office, DeVos reached out to the heads of the two largest teachers unions in the nation, to begin a course of dialogue. She has demonstrated a willingness to connect with individuals from all segments of the political spectrum.

 

Many Americans have yet to come to realize that DeVos has been an effective, skillful politician long before coming to Washington and becoming Secretary of Education. She served as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. She has headed up a myriad of political campaigns, both for candidates and issues. Her husband ran for Governor of Michigan, a campaign in which she played a large role.

 

When it comes to issues, DeVos has been particularly effective, and committed, when it comes to school choice. She has headed up a number of successful campaigns to bring about a change in laws to permit parents and students broader choice when it comes to schools and education. For example, she was a person primarily responsible for a major change in Florida law that gave rise to one of the broadest school choice programs in the United States at this time.

 

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End Citizen United is Winning the War against Excessive Spending in American Politics

One of the leading organizations in the US that is working towards the restoration of fair and just funding for political activities is known as End Citizen United. Although in the recent past there have been numerous claims that the PAC is making millions of dollars whereas it is against such donations, the truth is that the money the PAC gets comes from its supporters on the ground. The organization is building the support of as many Democrats as possible to fight against the presence of dirty money in American electoral politics which the group firmly believes has taken the dispensation of political processes captive and hostage.

 

What is perceived is some public quarters as an over the flow of money into the accounts of End Citizen United which in itself is a contravention of the very principles they are fighting against, is an indication that the group has massive grassroots support. For many months now, End Citizen United has been spearheading the struggle to transform the methods of financing campaign activities so that some form of sanity and fairness can be restored in the electoral process. The PAC was founded in March 2015, and from that time most of the donors aiding the activities of the group have been ordinary Americans. Right now, the nonprofit is building a bigger movement that will bring together all democratic forces to put pressure on the legitimacy of political fund contribution by billionaires.

 

The new movement will bring onboard Democratic legislators and other pro-reform lobbyists who will fight to put structures in place that will deter the syndicate of billionaires from taking control of the political system. The group’s mission is to disrupt the system the rich people use to dominate political interests by buying elections. The wealthy syndicates are threatening to uproot Democrats from mainstream political engagements. It is this reason that makes the PAC support Democratic candidates who can bring transformative legislations in both the Senate and the Congress.

 

The first approach the organization will employ is to nationalize the debate of big money spending in politics so that it becomes a public priority. And the second strategy will be the election of legislators who are known to be pro-reform so that they can push the agenda of change in both houses. End Citizen United will help the Democratic candidate for the Montana seat, Jon Tester, to defend his position and Senator of Ohio Sherrod Brown. The organization believes that leaders like the two can lead the struggle against excessive spending in politics. The recruitment strategy the group uses is open, and it can be viewed on the organization’s website. The endorsed candidates will fill a questionnaire, and then they will be enlisted as defenders of democracy.

George Soros Enhanced Hillary Clinton’s Campaigns With A Donation Of $25 Million

George Soros returned to the political scene with bang. The hedge fund billionaire reignited his political presence by donating over $25 million to Hillary Clinton and other liberal Democratic candidates. His return to active politics followed a long silence after his previous attempts to unseat President George W. Bush by funding his rival. During the 2004 elections, George contributed more than $27 million to the Democratic campaigns.

The money donated by George Soros during last year’s elections was used to finance Hillary Clinton’s campaigns to every corner of the United States. It would also be used to fund the campaigns of other Democratic candidates who were facing stiff competition from the Republicans. This information was obtained from the Federal Election Commission records. Soros is estimated to be worth $24.9 billion. He has managed to get his fortune by engaging in risky currency trades. His first major win against a currency was in the early 90s when he bet against the British pound. From the trade, George made over one billion dollars in profit. The 85-year-old Hungarian-born New Yorker has gone on to undertake many similar trades. Read this story at Politico about George Soros.

Soros and Hillary have known each other for over 25 years. Due to this long relationship, the billionaire had planned to attend his first-ever Democratic convention to watch the presidential hopefully give her first acceptance speech. However, the hedge fund expert decided to cancel the trip at the last minute to keep a keen eye on the economic situation in Europe. In addition, Soros has also been involved in the verbal attack of Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump. In his interview at the World Economic Forum, he accused President Trump of ‘doing the work of ISIS’ through his speeches and policies. The trader notes that spreading fear among Americans was proof that Trump was not ‘qualified’ to lead the free world. According to the billionaire’s spokesman, Michael Vachon, his involvement in politics was necessitated by the exceptionally high stakes in last year’s elections. These stakes were caused by several issues such as Trump’s candidacy, world economic situation, and ISIS. Vachon added that the philanthropist has remained a staunch supporter of immigration reform, religious tolerance, and criminal justice reform. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.

George Soros was one of the key funders of the Ferguson protests. He hoped that the protests would help spur a civil action that is in line with his justice reform ideas. The billionaire funded the ‘hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ campaign. The protests resulted from the death of Trayvon Martin. The young adult was fatally shot by the police. Soros funded the campaigns to the tune of $33 million. This is according to the tax filings reports made by his Open Society Foundations. The money was channeled to already established charity groups that participated in the protests. This information was originally mentioned on Washington Times as elaborated in the link below http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/14/george-soros-funds-ferguson-protests-hopes-to-spur/

BESTY DEVOS, THE IRON LADY OF EDUCATION AND POLITICS

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a politician. She was born in January 8th 1958.she is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. Besty DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince who founded the Prince Corporation. Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a former Navy Seal officer is Betsy’s brother.mrs DeVos is married to Mr. Dick DeVos who was previously CEO of a marketing company Amway.

Mrs. DeVos is a Republican wherein 1992 to 1997 served as the Republican National Committee chairwoman from Michigan. That was besides being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party from 1996 to 2000 and again reelected to the same post in 2003.

DeVos is best known for championing school choice, school voucher plans, charter school systems and her attachments to the Reformed Christian Community. Besides Mrs. DeVos serving as a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she also served as the chair to the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute and is the head of All Children Matter PAC.

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Dick and Betsy DeVos started a family foundation in 1989.according to the organization’s website, the foundation’s giving is faith motivated and centered on leadership development, foster transformation and support in five key areas namely; education, community, arts, justice and leadership.

The DeVos Foundation made $11.6 million in charity giving adding to the couple’s lifetime of charity giving to $139million in 2015.The DeVos family foundation Is ranked by Forbes at no. 24 on its list of America’s top donors in 2015.

The organization has been focusing mostly on funding Christian Organizations and Christian Private Schools. From years 1999 to 2014, the foundation has donated $100 million. Half of this amount went to Christian groups. Top on the list of agencies funded by the Foundation include; Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values; Focus on the Family, Center for Individual Rights; Acton Institute; the Justice Institute, Center for Individual Rights, the Pregnancy Resource Center in Michigan, Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund, and Baptists for life.

These organizations have been top beneficiaries. Devos and her family founded Art Prize in 2009 an international competition based on art and held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Personally, Betsy Devos raised over $150 000 towards the reelection campaign of Bush. During the Bush administration, DeVos served for two years as the finance chairperson where she was involved with various projects.

The DeVos family has been active members of the Republican Party and its politics and has been the major donor to the candidates in the party since 1989 where they have given more than $17 million. The family hoped that through the donations, the Republican Party would win elections and promote good governance and support sound policies.

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