There has been an almost uncontrollable evolution in Washington D.C. over the past year. The rise of Donald Trump as a populist candidate for the Republican party has fundamentally shaken the way that the United States works and is perceived by the world at large. Donald Trump’s rise from reality TV host/real estate investor up to the highest office in the world was one that nobody could have seen coming. Now, President Trump is committed to continuing the evolution that he began in our nation’s capital by bringing in outsider politicians to help helm some of the most important jobs in the country. Among those positions and among those hires was Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing was unlike anything the world of Washington D.C. had seen in years. DeVos struggled during her hearing which gave the false impression that she was some sort of political lightweight, ready or willing to be pushed around by other more seasoned political operatives. As DeVos was confirmed and has held the position for the past year, this has proven to be anything but the truth. DeVos continues to grow into her position and people are starting to fully realize that the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party is here not only to stay, but also to get things done. Let’s take a closer look at how Betsy DeVos is revolutionizing the American educational system while also touting her principles.
Betsy DeVos was born and raised in a small community in Michigan. It was here that DeVos helped to cultivate the foundation that she would base her political career on. DeVos formulated her political outlook by basing it off of her religion and her traditional conservative upbringing. DeVos would eventually make her way to Calvin College where she’d sharpen her mind as a potential political operative. DeVos would fall in love with the work of Milton Friedman and his ideas regarding freedom from government meddling involving education. DeVos would take Friedman’s writings and make it palatable for the masses and in doing so become one of the most vocal and important figures in the march for school choice.
Nowadays, Betsy DeVos is continuing her fight for school choice while in the highest educational office in the country. DeVos has a chance to really change and evolve the way the education system works in America and her work is only getting started. Learn more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/06/what-is-education-secretary-betsy-devos-doing-with-the-rapper-pitbull-in-miami/?utm_term=.dac9eddf93b8
End Citizens United has announced it’s support for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in his bid to win re-election in the 2018 elections. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is a Democrat from Rhode Island who has served in the U. S. Senate since 2007. End Citizens United is a political action committee, founded in 2015, dedicated to the reversal of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision of 2010. Senator Whitehouse has been a frequent critic of this ruling, that makes it easy for corporations to influence our elections. The Senator from Rhode Island is known as a champion of campaign finance reform.
The Senator is so opposed to the decision he has written a book on the subject, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy, published in 2017. In his book, Whitehouse states his case for more transparency in political spending and donations. In recent Senate hearings, he questioned Neil Gorsuch about the massive amounts of money spent in the campaign to secure his Supreme Court nomination. Whitehouse sometimes accused of overlooking amounts donated to Democratic candidates; he remains steadfast in his opposition to Citizens United. There are two Republicans considering a challenge to his re-election. State Rep. Robert Nardolillo and Robert Flanders a retired state Supreme Court Justice are two possible candidates.
Since it’s founding in 2015 End Citizens United has grown from a small grassroots political action committee to a dominant force in electing candidates committed to ending the practice of allowing vast sums of untraceable money into our political system. The 2010 Supreme Court decision, known as Citizens United, makes it possible for unions, corporations and wealthy individuals to contribute unlimited funds to candidates they assume will further their causes. This practice has brought about the creation of what are known as super PACs that direct the donated money to wherever they choose.
The name itself, End Citizens United, best describes the mission of the committee. Their efforts directed to Democratic-aligned individuals who are determined to overturn this poor decision. Realizing it will take significant amounts of money to help elect like-minded candidates the committee has also formed a traditional PAC. In their first year of operation, they raised around $25 million to support candidates in the 2016 election cycle. The results for 2017 reflect the growing interest in End Citizens United, around 100,000 people made donations in the first quarter of the year, with 40,000 of those being first-time donors. Reaching over $4 million thus far with projections of over $35 million by the 2018 elections. The average contribution is $12, making it possible for the ordinary citizen to fight back against the super wealthy.
The election of Donald Trump has energized Democrats to take action and fight back against his nominees and agenda. One of the best ways to do this is to elect candidates who are willing to overturn Citizens United and return our elections to the citizens of the country.