When Donald Trump rose up the GOP ladder during the 2016 Presidential Primaries, much of the world was laughing into their hands. After all, what could a reality TV show host possibly do in the pursuit for the Presidency? As it turns out, he could do quite a lot. Donald Trump would go on to secure the primary nomination before winning the 2016 Presidential election, albeit in a closer fashion than we have ever seen before. In any event, President Trump took office in 2017 and has since then been working night and day in order to make his campaign promises a reality. Among those promises, President Trump swore to reform the government by moving away from career politicians in order to ‘drain the swamp’. In order to drain the swamp you have to have replacements ready and Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, was one of his earliest nominations.
Betsy DeVos comes to Washington D.C. by way of the Michigan Republican Party where she served as the chairwoman for seven years. Betsy DeVos will be taking her first government position as part of Trump’s administration but she won’t be the least bit cowed by the enormity of it all. Betsy DeVos has spent the past thirty years sharpening her political fangs in order to compete in an environment that is notoriously hostile toward outsiders. Betsy DeVos comes into Washington D.C. after having struggled in her confirmation hearing, but it seems like that struggle was almost intentional in order to get people to underestimate her.
Within the confines of the Department of Education, which she now leads, DeVos is rapidly gaining a reputation. Despite being soft spoken and polite, DeVos showcases skills at the meeting table that have rarely been seen within newcomers to politics. She has been described in equal parts as a maverick and a bulldog and members of both sides of the political fence seem to echo the sentiment. Mike Cox, a prominent Republican as well as a former state AG, has gone on the record as calling DeVos ‘steely’ and ‘determined’ when she becomes focused or fixated on a goal. Cox goes on to point out that her domination of a room has little to do with her enormous wealth and everything to do with her ability to go toe to toe in a debate. Learn more: http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Moves-From-Wealthy/238838
DeVos is from a small community on the Western edge of Michigan in a town called Holland. She has worked with her father’s auto company and her brother is Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater — a personal security firm based out of Afghanistan. Her husband Dick DeVos comes from the Amway founding family and he has a fortune of his own. Dick DeVos ran for governor of Michigan back in 2006 but failed and now it looks like the political future of the family is in the capable hands of Betsy DeVos. DeVos has years to make a difference and it looks like she is already getting prepared to make it all happen.
Betsy DeVos is perhaps best known for her recent appointment to the presidential cabinet as the Secretary of Education under U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, however, she also has a extensive body of work as a philanthropist as well as advocate for educational reform. Ms. DeVos first began her philanthropic ventures when she and her husband, Dick DeVos, first visited the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids which had itself a very long and storied history of serving the impoverished members of the school’s surrounding community. Ms. DeVos states in a recent interview with the website, Philanthropy Roundtable, that she was extremely moved by the stories of the parents of the children who attended the school, who informed her how hard it was for them to find safe and considerate schools who would actually focus on important curricula.
Betsy DeVos returned numerous times to the Potter’s House Christian School and realized that, due to their substantial wealth, the DeVos family could send their children to basically any school or schools that they wanted – however, the parents whom they encountered were far less fortunate. It was this realization that prompted Ms. DeVos to begin supporting the school, a venture which would snowball into a myriad of other education driven endeavors. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.
From this point Ms. DeVos and her husband began funding a series of various different scholarships to help less fortunate parents obtain more school choice for their children, however, one of the problems which the couple ran into was the realization that no matter how many scholarships they gave out, it would never address the core, or root, of the problem – the inherent option, or lack thereof, of school choice. In the mid 90s Ms. DeVos made her first entry into politics to further champion the cause of school choice, in 2000, she embarked on a campaign to change the state constitution of Michigan which would allow for school vouchers, that is, tax credit scholarships – unfortunately the move failed but this didn’t slow down Ms. DeVos efforts. In 2001 Ms. DeVos got involved with a political action committee called The Great Lakes Education Project which worked to advance the cause of education reform which inspired Ms. DeVos and her husband to create the American Federation for Children, a 501(C) non-profit organization which is dedicated to the advancement of the cause of school choice and school vouchers.
Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/why-we-need-an-outsider-like-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary/
The Hungarian born financial expert George Soros arrived in the U.S. in the 1950s with a short term plan to build his fortune and return to Europe after five years working on Wall Street; over six decades later and the now U.S. citizen is still living and working in the U.S. in a way he hopes will have a positive effect on the world as a whole. Forbes reports George Soros found success with his career as a hedge fund manager and formed his own fund in 1969 with just $12 million, which has now morphed into the Soros Fund Management brand that manages assets worth a staggering $30 billion. Soros returned to active investing in 2015 and also made a major return to political and philanthropic life at the same time as the Holocaust survivor stated he had spotted the need for him to return to major political giving for the first time since 2004.
During the 2004 Presidential Election, George Soros donated around $27 million to the campaign of Democrat John Kerry for The White House, largely because of the fear Soros had about the policies of President George W. Bush and his opposition to the Iraq War. At the end of the election cycle it was made clear that George Soros was not going to be making a habit of making multi-million dollar donations to political parties and the 2004 election should be viewed as a defining moment where the financial expert saw the global political situation as unique, according to Politico.
In 2015 it appears George Soros once again saw the rise of a right wing within global society that he felt was so strong it needed to be fought with all the might that could be mustered by those on the left of politics. George Soros made a major commitment to the election campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the first woman to become the U.S. President; included in the financial commitment made by Soros to the Clinton campaign was a $13 million donation made directly to her campaign and a further $12 million to Super PAC’s backing the campaign.
George Soros understands the fact there are many issues facing the U.S. and the global political arena at the current time and uses his own Open Society Foundations to back the issues he feels are most important. In the U.S. George Soros feels some of the most important work he can complete is to protect the rights of minority groups with financial donations made to groups seeking to ensure all U.S. citizens have the chance to vote no matter if they come from a minority group within the nation.
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