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Betsy DeVos Wants Us To Have Choices

With most of the country fearing what Betsy DeVos’ ideas will do to the education system, many are not doing much research on the subject or trying to look at it from another point of view. While some people believe our education system is democratically controlled, it is not. It is run by unions whose goals many not be in sync with the best interests of our children.

There are many that fear private religious schools will end up running the country with Betsy DeVos at the helm, but religious schools should be available as a choice. Parents should be able to choose the schools their children will attend, as long as they meet basic state standards. Choice in schools could be in the best interest of children and their parents.

DeVos has been an advocate for school vouchers for many years. School vouchers though can allow people a greater choice. It opens the door for more personalized schooling systems, catering to certain religions or groups of people. In our country, taxes fund public schools. School vouchers are actual checks drawn on that money from those taxes given to an individual child, undemocratically.

The woman behind the Secretary of Education position, Betsy DeVos has supported the education field for decades. She is a member of the Republican Party and is recognized for her advocacy of choices in school, charter schools, and school voucher programs. Her political ties begin at college, where she was involved in campus politics at Calvin College.

As a member of one of the wealthiest families in Michigan, The DeVos family has been some of the largest donors to political campaigns, the Republican Party, and philanthropic endeavors. Betsy first served the Michigan Republican Party in 1982, working her way up to become the Party’s Committeewoman in 1992, until 1997. She then served the Michigan Republican Party by being its Chairwoman from 1996 to 2000. She personally raised more than $150,000 for President Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004 and even hosted a fundraiser that headlined Bush in her own house in 2008.

DeVos doesn’t just host fundraisers however. She is the chairwoman of the company Windquest Group. This privately held operating group invests in the fields of manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. Betsy and her husband Dick founded the company in 1989. Betsy is also a chief investor of the company Neurocore. Neurocore is a brain performance centers group that offers different therapy for disorders like autism, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder.

Betsy DeVos is also co-founder of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, an organization that is motivated by faith and funds programs that cultivate leadership through the arts, community, and education. The foundation made more than $11 million in contributions in 2015, leading the DeVos Family to the 24th spot on Forbes America’s Top Givers list.

Visit their foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

 

George Soros Political Power

George Soros, known for his financial donations in the political world, is still making headlines even with the election over. Soros was born in 1930 in Nazi dominated Hungary before escaping to London where he studied then finally heading to America where he made his massive fortune. George Soros created what is now known as the Open Society Foundation, a way to spread his open society message. One of its very first initiatives was to send copy machines to universities, civil society groups, and libraries in his homeland, then Soviet dominated Hungary, so banned publications could be reprinted and spread around. Once the Berlin Wall came down, Soros aided in advising on the transition to democracy and free markets, using his foundation to work with local dissidents and politicians as the country transformed.

Today, George Soros is a famous player in American politics where he has millions into the Democratic Party and their familiar causes like Black Lives Matter. Even though Trump is heading into the White House, Soros is prepared to stand strong and oppose him. He, through his foundation, have friends in his network that span across more than 100 countries making him a viable opponent. Even if his power is exaggerated, he represents a distinct type of Liberalism that is led by those on the left and despised by those on the right. He is certainly someone Trump should take seriously.

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Soros is embattled in a fierce opposition in Hungary where the ruling party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has despised Soros interference and influence. George Soros vehemently opposes Orban’s hard line on migration and Orban has blasted Soros and his influence referring to him as a strong example of people who stand for things that only weaken nation states. Soros didn’t waiver in his stance and earmarked roughly $500 million for what he called investments that will address migrant, refugees, and host community needs.

Soros doesn’t just focus on big leaders of countries, he’s got his eyes and ears everywhere and he has spent millions in the last two years helping fund campaigns to defeat local prosecutors around the US and bring in new blood that will back his beliefs in criminal justice reform measures. Soros spent the most in three separate races, over $1 million in Houston’s Harris County, Gilpin and Jefferson counties in Colorado where he donated over $1 million to unseat and incumbent, and in the Maricopa County Race in Arizona where his PAC has spent well over $1 million against a Republican District Attorney.

The battles don’t stop there. George Soros is also heavily involved in defeating Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizon. The running total so far is roughly $2 million in campaign donations through a Soros funded PAC, Maricopa Strong. This battle is one of Soros biggest donations aside from the presidential campaign. He considers Arpaio a liberal boogeyman, one who doesn’t share Soros’ views on immigration reform or criminal justice reform.

Through all of this, one thing remains clear. Soros doesn’t give up, he doesn’t quit, and he will remain a political power player for years to come. He has the money to make things happen, and the drive to follow through.

Learn more about George Soros at OpenSocietyFoundations.org

Charles Koch and the 2016 Election

According to Charles Koch, there is a chance he could support Hillary Clinton in November. He said that we could have to believe that her actions would be entirely different than her rhetoric. This was what Charles Koch told the reporter of ABC News just before Donald Trump locked up the nominations.

Charles Koch is one of what they call “the Koch brothers,” the other brother is David Koch who lives in Manhattan who Mr. Trump knows. Charles Koch who is now 80 has been around politics for a long time. This has enabled him to be named one of the wise heads of the conservative movement. Koch is an oil tycoon and conservative mega-donor. He is the co-owner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Koch Industries while his brother David H. Koch is the Executive Vice President of the industry.

Koch comment on Hillary Clinton is a disappointment and if he himself is disappointed you can multiply that across the national base of conservative contributors. For anyone whose job is to unify the Republican Party after the bomb, the problem affects both the election and the donor as well. There is a possibility of donors might withdraw their financial support, down or up ballot, when Mr. Trump needs more of it. Trump by now has heard of “the donor class” during his time with Republicans and competition against Ted Cruz.

The idea of “donor class” was brought up by the people who picked Ted Cruz as their candidate to take control of the Republican Party. Mr. Koch realized that these people weren’t differentiating between crony capitalists and conservative contributors. Mr. Trump stole the real anger, and they lost everything – the party, the presidency, and credibility.

Charles Koch’s history, just like other “donors” from his generation, most of them build their businesses. He runs parallel to the rise of the conservative movement as a political force since Ronald Reagan.

These “donors” wanted politics based on ideas. Ideas on taxes, education, commercial liability and public pensions led to unlikely electoral victories. The movement turned Democrats into losers since it produced Republican governors in Democratic.

A counterpart to all these is the big number of wealthy liberals who will pay for the Hillary Clinton’s war against Donald Trump. Mr. Trump will end up being an entertaining candidate unless he discovers what lifted Reagan and many.

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/charles-kochs-warning-1462400425

Additional Links:

http://www.marketplace.org/2015/10/21/business/corner-office/full-interview-charles-koch

http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/07/187769/his-dad-charles-koch-was-bircher-new-documents

Why Kyle Bass Should Be Dismissed As An Economic Analyst

Since 2008, all of Kyle Baas economic predictions have gone wrong, many of which taking place on his blog. This includes his Argentina economic prediction, his Japan economic prediction and his sovereign debt prediction on the European economy. Kyle Bass has appeared in TV severally pushing for his so called predictions. In every economic forum that he was invited to, Kyle Bass did not miss to mention his predictions. In 2014, he was campaigning for his prediction on the Japanese economy. On this particular case, Kyle Bass had predicted the downfall of the Japanese economy by the end of 2015. This prediction faced numerous opposition and critics from the business community about its validity. The year 2015 came and passed and on the contrary, the Japanese economy was growing.

This hedge fund business person and owner of Hayman Capital Management has numerous failed economic predictions under his belt. His other rogue economic prediction was on the Argentinian economy. On this prediction, Kyle Bass stood against all the other famous economic analyst and supported these countries economic reforms. As other economic analysts criticized the economic changes in Argentina that were being undertaken by Cristina Kirchner, who was then the despot, Kyle Bass supported them. Kyle Bass never hesitated to praise Cristina Kirchner and her poor economic reformist policies. Then the poor economic policies started taking a toll on the Argentinian economy and the country’s economy crumbled.

But just how did Kyle Bass become an economic analyst? Before the 2008 global markets crisis, this Hayman Capital Management founder was just a mere business person in the hedge fund sector. During this time, he was struggling to get clients to his firm and make it grow. The 2008 global markets crisis luckily found him in a ready position. He was well prepared, and he was aiming at the subprime mortgage crisis. As this crisis unveiled, Kyle Bass approached investment banks offering to buy the subprime mortgages.

Later after the crisis, he started reselling the mortgages and made huge profits. At this time is when he proclaimed himself a financial and economic analyst. But then it seems that his well ran dry after the 2008 prediction of the subprime mortgage crisis or he just got lucky that one time. Kyle Bass has not only been making wrong predictions but also wrong investment moves. His Hayman Capital Management is currently one of the biggest loss makers in the market.

Charles Koch Gives For A Good Cause

George Mason University has built a conservative powerhouse when it comes to economics as well as law. This public school outside the capital has in turn earned tens of millions of dollars from a billionaire Republican donor known as Charles Koch.
Tax records of this school have shown that the Charles Koch Foundation has given up to $48 million to this learning institution. Koch has a tendency of donating up to 20 million of dollars to different schools every year. However, these schools would only get $1 million annually while the George Mason University got up to $48 million. Several billionaires commit some of their money to educational purposes, the large amounts sent to this university has raised eyebrows especially among the faculty and the students of other institutions alike.

The suspicion is based on why the billionaire is determined to put in so much money without a motive. A majority of other donators put in vast sums of money for a particular purpose such as a research program. However, earlier in the year other billionaires have joined in the trend of donating to schools without expecting something in return. For instance, Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc. gave a $400million scholarship to Stanford University.

All the same, there are those who support the deeds and appreciate the thought behind it by commenting that there is no harm in giving and expecting nothing in return. The Koch industry has also been giving a lot of financial aid to the educational institution from a long time back. This giving habit has only strengthened the relationship between the law school and the Koch Foundation. Recently, he gave them a $10 million gift. At the same time, the university received an anonymous reward of $20 million to aid in renaming the school.

These individuals closing the tie include the vice president of Koch Industries, Richard Fink, the CEO of a grant-making foundation with close connections to Koch as well as Jon McCain. Also, Charles Koch is the chairman of the IHS Board and a member of the Mercatus board.

Charles Koch is a businessman in the U.S as well as a philanthropist. He is not only the chief executive officer of Koch Industries but also the co-owner of the company after inheriting it from his father alongside his brother, David Koch. The two brothers expanded the business such that it did not deal with just oil refining and chemicals but also fibers, polymers, fertilizers, and minerals.