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Here’s a great article about Betsy DeVos and what she has done to public education here in Mi. http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/privatize-monitize-weaponize-how-the-devoses-devoured-michigans-schools.html


Of all of Trump’s choices (so far) DeVos is the one that upset me the most.

That link address says it all, “the-devoses-devoured”

p.s. No Cory Booker in 2020! He should automatically be disqualified for having been on the board of DeVos’s org:

‘CoryBooker was on the board of Betsy DeVos’s anti-union, pro-charter, pro-voucher Koch/Walton/Olin-funded org.’

Booker on DeVos: ‘I’m Not Saying Anything’

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, wasn’t saying whether he would support the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, despite having worked with her on education issues in the past.
At an event to discuss criminal justice reform at Google’s Washington office on Thursday, Booker voiced his concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

But he took an indirect route when asked about DeVos, who Trump announced as his choice for secretary of Education, comparing his work with DeVos to his relationship with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an early backer of Trump.

“I found partners on both sides of the aisle, whether it was the Manhattan Institute or Chris Christie,” Booker. “If Chris Christie was up for some position, trust me, just because I partnered with him in the past doesn’t mean that I would be voting for his confirmation.”

Pressed whether he would support DeVos, Booker replied, “I’m not saying anything.


Interesting that Booker seems to imply that the Manhattan Institute and Chris Christie are on different sides of “the aisle”.

The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a right-wing 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank founded in 1978 by William J. Casey, who later became President Ronald Reagan’s CIA director.[1] It is an associate member of the State Policy Network.

According to the Manhattan Institute, it is “focused on promoting free-market principles” and has a mission to “develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.”[2]

“The Manhattan Institute concerns itself with such things as ‘welfare reform’ (dismantling social programs), ‘faith-based initiatives’ (blurring the distinction between church and state), and ‘education reform’ (destroying public education),” Kurt Nimmo wrote October 10, 2002, in CounterPunch.[3]



Definitely no to Booker in 2020 Didn’t know he was pals with Devos. LOL you’re right about different sides. What a weasel. I can’t imagine a connection to Devos would be a plus in a Dem presidential bid.

I can’t say that Devos is my least favorite–there’s just so many spectacularly awful nominees to choose from. She’s definitely up there with the worse though


Corey Booker is DLC/Fake Democrat all the way. Bitch Betsy is a family member of the DeVos Cabal. We are all too familiar with Rich DeVos and his puke heap of a family here in O-ville. T and R, LD and JLD. Hope everyone is halfway getting into the Holiday Season. Great news on Army Corps. of Engineers and DAPL. 🙂


Betsy DeVos is also the sister of Eric Prince (remember Blackwater?).


Yes, I heard that. Figures. Prince profits off the privatization of the military while his sister profits off the privatization of education. I hope they are the only two siblings. 😛


And, re: the sibling point, I hope so too. That family sure has the Parasite Process down, don’t they?


yeah. someone on a progressive (i thought) dem oregon site was wanting Cory Booker to run in 2020 for Prez. Many of us were horrified. :O)


Liars lie


“Paul Ryan has devised a tax plan that, when fully phased in, would confer 99.6 percent of its benefits upon the richest one percent of the country. This is a fact Ryan prefers not to advertise. In his interview with 60 Minutes, the Speaker of the House bats away the charge first by talking about growth, and then switching over to talking about “small business”:

Of course, Ryan doesn’t want to talk about giving a gigantic tax cut to Trump. Instead, he wants to fool his audience into believing that his tax cuts for rich people mostly benefit small business, which is simply not true.

If Paul Ryan wants to direct tax breaks to people who work at the business park in Janesville, Wisconsin — or to other Americans in that presumably modest income category — there are ways to do it. Instead, he wants to direct tax cuts to the very wealthy, and then obfuscate about his intent to do so.”


Only nine Senate Dems opposed cloture on this bill to begin debate. (It easily passed 87-13) Doesn’t bode well for future resistance by the Dems in a Trump/Republican world.

Voting againts cloture were: Barbara Boxer (D-CA); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Joe Manchin (D-WV); Jeff Merkley (D-OR); Bernie Sanders (I-VT); Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Tom Udall (D-NM); Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Most of the usual suspects plus Manchin!


“This continues a trend of eroding standards at the Food and Drug Administration since the 1990s,” says Michael Carome, director of the Health Research Group at the advocacy organization Public Citizen, which issued a broadside against the bill last month. “We don’t think there should be any further erosion.”

Moreover, despite the universal praise for provisions for state grants to battle opioid abuse and for mental health research and treatment, it also cuts $3.5 billion, or about 30%, from Obamacare’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which fosters work to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, hospital-acquired infections and other conditions, according to Kaiser Health News.

One would expect Congress to ask the drug industry for something in return for regulatory rollbacks of this magnitude. Remarkably, nothing in the measure would address the main problem the public sees with the drug industry — inordinately high prices.

“When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said from the floor last week, “this bill is exactly what they are talking about.”


Follow the Bribery Brick Road. Sad.


Top Dem super PAC launches anti-Trump war room

Liberal political operative David Brock, a close ally of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, told reporters on Tuesday that his super PAC, American Bridge, has established a war room that will act as an aggressor and a watchdog for the Trump transition team and his incoming administration.

First of all, gross!! They’re calling David Brock a “Top Dem”! Hell, if that isn’t enough to turn you off the party all by itself..

American Bridge has established a rapid response team that will fact-check Trump’s claims in real time. Experts are said to be combing through Trump’s domestic and foreign business interests, his personal life, his charitable foundation and those he has associated with, using Freedom of Information Act requests to uncover new details.

Its findings will be passed along privately to the media, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill and even to Trump’s own supporters in an effort to undermine the president-elect.

Hmmm, that doesn’t sound like a good idea to me. It sure didn’t work for the election!

Brock’s nakedly political tactics rub some in the party the wrong way.

Progressive strategist Jonathan Tasini, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, told The Hill that attacks from Clinton’s allied groups failed to make an impact in the election because Democrats didn’t give voters a reason to support their vision for the country.

“People won’t come to the Democratic Party unless we show an alternative, it’s not just about the dark art of attacking and destroying Donald Trump,” Tasini said. “David Brock is the worst possible messenger for Democrats. He should not be given a single dollar more.”

Tasini would rather see Democratic donors funding other party activities, instead of supporting Brock.

“Everything should go to rebuilding the party and energizing activists. The election results speak to how effective his strategy has been,” Tasini said.

Thank you Jonathan!

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