Excellence in Philanthropy and School Choice: Betsy DeVos Expounds On How She and Her Husband Dick Work To Make The World a Better Place

Betsy DeVos might be well-known today for being the secretary of Education under President Trump, but before she was appointed to this coveted position she and her husband Dick were known for many other important things. Simply put, the DeVoses are very famous within Michigan circles for their commitment to their causes and their philanthropic activities. Indeed, during a 2013 interview, Betsy DeVos expounded on just how they got started down this charitable path. These were some of their first steps into this foray:

 

They visited The Potter’s House in Grand Rapids when their kids were still in school.

 

Many years ago, Betsy and Dick DeVos had the opportunity to visit this well-known Grand Rapids Christian school. What they saw there made a tremendous impact on them and made them realize the value of school choice in education. They saw parents of much more limited means than them that were committed to giving their kids the best possible education in the safest environment possible. Betsy and Dick realized almost immediately that these kids were every bit as deserving of a quality education as Dick and Betsy had given to their own children. Thus, Betsy and her husband became newly-minted school choice proponents, and they haven’t been the same since.

 

Betsy and Dick were definitely pleased at the progress being made in the school choice movement.

 

At the time of this interview, Betsy DeVos was proud of how much progress had been made. In 17 states and the District of Columbia, there were 250,000 students in 33 government-funded school choice programs. Moreover, in 2012, the program actually grew by 40,000 and new school choice ventures were established in the states of Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mississippi and program expansions in Florida and Ohio.

 

Betsy and Dick were also particularly pleased with the progress being made in Florida.

 

When she granted this interview, she was proud of the fact that 50,000 Florida students had been given the ability to attend the school of their parent’s choosing. Moreover, they were also pleased with how Florida was able to get many state politicians to buy into the program and lead the charge for the school choice movement.

 

Betsy DeVos has continued her school choice activism since becoming Trump’s Education Secretary.

 

Even after being appointed to a cabinet post under the Trump Administration, Betsy DeVos has not been content to just sit on her laurels. DeVos has always been a proponent of working together, and in 2017 she teamed up with Miami rapper Pitbull to visit a charter school in his hometown of Miami. DeVos will team up with anyone to try to fundamentally change education and make it better for everyone. She is definitely going to make the world a better place for all of our schoolchildren.

 

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Beto O’Rourke Joins Forces With End Citizens United

Beto O’Rourke is running for Senator in Texas. He is attempting to take over Ted Cruz’s seat in the 2018 midterms. End Citizens United is backing Beto O’Rourke. So far, O’Rourke has narrowed the lead Ted Cruz held by several points. In June, according to a poll by the University of Texas, Cruz only had a 5 point lead. That’s down considerably since the beginning of the year. With Beto O’Rourke gaining on Cruz at such a rapid pace, he does have great odds of winning this race in November.

Currently, Cruz has more name recognition with the average Texas voter, but Beto O’Rourke’s game plan for changing the minds of the Texas voter lies in his campaign strategy. He has shook hands and talked to the voters in all 254 Texas counties. The backing of End Citizens United has help make it possible for O’Rourke to travel across the big state of Texas. As he travels, he’s explaining the difference between him and Ted Cruz. There are some very stark and blaring differences that a worth noting.

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One of the differences between O’Rourke and Cruz is their views on big money in politics. Cruz is backed by big money, the NRA and has not given any priority to environmental issues. Beto O’Rourke is backed by conservationist groups like the League of Conservation Action Fund because of his concern for the environment. O’Rourke is also backed by End Citizens United because he believes in campaign finance reform, ending big money contributions to campaigns. Obviously there is a stark contrast between the two.

Beto O’Rourke wants to make politics for the people and by the people as it was originally designed to be in the United States, which is why he has joined forces with End Citizens United. Another difference is O’Rourke’s focus on the matters that concern Texans. He is fighting to see that any Texan that wants to work can find good paying challenging work and that if needed, he or she can access training to get those jobs. He’s also concerned about providing good quality affordable health insurance that can be accessed by the average man or woman. Probably the most important difference between the two candidates is O’Rourke wants to bring the country’s people together, no matter what party they belong to.

ECU is formed on March 2015. It is funded by grassroots members all over the US. They want to eliminate the big money in politics. ECU believes that there are some politicians that supports their campaign reform.

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End Citizens United Announces Their Endorsement For Jane Raybould In Her Bid For Congress

Big Money 20 is a list of politicians that accept near unlimited amounts of campaign contributions from wealthy corporations. The list is published and maintained by a political action committee called End Citizens United. The PAC intends to remove big money from politics and put the voting power back in the hands of the common citizen.

End Citizens United was created after a Supreme Court case ruled in favor of large political donations. According to End Citizens United, this hurt the democratic election system in a major way. The ruling expanded on the theory that corporations should be treated as people instead of companies. Post-ruling, corporations are permitted to donate large amounts of money to politicians in a non-translucent manner. The organization was founded in March of 2015.

End Citizens United goals are to elect pro-reform politicians, politicians that do not accept big money, and politicians that speak for the common citizen. End Citizens United is made up of hundreds of grassroots members, and they are all working to raise awareness of big money in politics.

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Tiffany Muller is the current President of End Citizens United. She has a long, storied psst in politics. From local politician to working very closely with a couple of U.S. Congressman, she has worked all over the country in politics on both the local and national scale. She has helped End Citizen’s United in expanding its reach since her time as President began. Before joining End Citizens United, Muller was the Deputy Political Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee where she worked to get several democrats elected. She also has experience working as chief of staff on Capitol Hill for two Congressmen. Muller was the very first openly gay politician to hold office in Kansas when she was elected to Topeka City Council.

End Citizens United recently announced the newest politician to earn their support. Jane Raybould, who is running as a Senator for Nebraska received End Citizen United’s support on March 29th, 2018. “Nebraskans are fed up with Washington ignoring their needs,” claimed Tiffany Muller. “They’re demanding reform,” she concluded.

Source: https://www.vogue.com/article/senator-kirsten-gillibrand-end-citizens-united-stops-accepting-corporate-pac-donations

Maduro Welcomes Talks With Kerry

Proposed high level talks were announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, according to Corporation Wiki, in an attempt to diffuse diplomatic hostilities between the United States and Venezuela dating back to the administrations of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Stated in an article by Leslie Wroughton on June 14, 2016, “Kerry said the talks would start immediately in Caracas and be led by Thomas Shannon, a veteran of U.S. diplomacy in the region.” Venezuela’s worsening economy stalled talks last year.

“I’ve committed to see if this can work so let’s see if we can improve the relationship,” Kerry said to reporter Ms. Luque yesterday.

Welcoming the proposed talks, Maduro suggested restoring ambassadors to each country’s capitals. The ambassadors have been gone for 8 years since Chavez removed the U.S. envoy to Venezuela. Maduro claimed that he was ready for this to happen as the U.S. has ambassadors in several major world cities, but doesn’t have one in Caracas.