Trump leaves education to Blackwater, Amway cult


This video from the USA says about itself:

Scamway

6 July 2015

Amway parody showing America’s continued obsession with success and the Ponzi schemes that still trick millions into believing they will become millionaires.

Written by James Michael Angelo & Jonathan Warren.

Directed by Justin Herman.

From the Huffington Post in the USA today:

Donald Trump Taps Billionaire School Voucher Advocate To Run America’s Schools

The president-elect rewarded GOP megadonor Betsy DeVos with the position of education secretary. …

“In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said.

The National Education Association, which represents teachers and school administrators, said the pick shows how “out of touch” the Trump administration is with what’s best for students and educators.

“She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers — which take away funding and local control from our public schools — to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense,” the labor union said in a statement. “These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education.”

Progressive Michigan executive director Lonnie Scott said the nomination “proves that having a shortage of experience means nothing as long you don’t have a shortage of money.”

“The DeVos family education plan has been a disaster for Michigan and we are truly saddened that Trump decided to import their failed ideas to Washington D.C.,” Scott wrote in a statement.

Talking about the DeVos family: who are the family of Donald Trump’s new education czarina?

Her brother is Erik Prince, boss of the infamous Blackwater mercenary corporation, involved in war crimes in Iraq and elsewhere.

Ms De Vos‘ husband is Dick DeVos, super rich heir to the fortune of Amway corporation.

Amway is not an ordinary business.

Amway cartoon

Associated Press reports:

LANSING – 09/21/06–The writer-director of an independent movie razzing direct sales companies such as Amway didn’t realize when he was finishing up his film that former Amway President Dick DeVos was running for governor. …

The movie [“Believe“] was shot in 2004, a year before DeVos began running for governor.

Filmmaker Loki Mulholland says it shows the pitfalls of multi-level marketing companies.

Multi-level marketing is often called, uncharitably, pyramid or Ponzi schemes.

Amway is often considered to be cult-like as well as a multinational corporation.

This video from the USA is the trailer of the movie Believe. It says about itself:

13 September 2006

The theatrical trailer for the hilarious comedy about Multilevel Marketing. Coming to exclusive theatres nationwide in Oct. 2006.

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Husband Of Trump’s Education Secretary Once Promoted Intelligent Design [creationism] In Schools. In 2006, Dick DeVos thought Michigan students should be exposed to “more ideas”: here.

4 University Of Kansas Cheerleaders Suspended For ‘KKK Go Trump’ Snapchat Post: here.

Alarm In Germany And Israel At Emboldened U.S. White Supremacists. Neo-Nazis and white nationalists have vocally backed Trump: here.

25 thoughts on “Trump leaves education to Blackwater, Amway cult

  1. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/23/trump-nominates-true-enemy-public-schools-education-secretary
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    > Trump Nominates ‘True Enemy’ of Public Schools for Education Secretary
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    > Billionaire Betsy DeVos ‘has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize, and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education’
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    > President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for Education Secretary, conservative billionaire Besty DeVos. (Photo: AP)
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    > President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for U.S. Education Secretary “a ‘reformer’ who does not hide her contempt for the public schools,” according to historian Diane Ravitch.
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    > Of conservative billionaire Betsy DeVos , a longtime supporter of charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools , National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García said , “her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students.”
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    > “In nominating DeVos, Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding, and destroying public education in America.”
    > —Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
    >
    > “She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers—which take away funding and local control from our public schools—to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense,” García continued. “These schemes do nothing to help our most-vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps. She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize, and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education. By nominating Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators, and communities.”
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    > Similarly, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten called DeVos “the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education.”
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    > “In nominating DeVos,” Weingarten said, “Trump makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding, and destroying public education in America.”
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    > Indeed, Chalkbeat earlier this week listed “a few things we could reasonably surmise from a DeVos pick.” Among them was that Trump is now likely to go through with his plan “to use federal funds to encourage states to make school choice available to all poor students, including through vouchers that allow families to take public funding to private schools.”
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    > “That’s exactly what DeVos has zealously worked to make happen on a state-by-state basis for decades,” the outlet wrote. “In 2000, she helped get a ballot measure before Michigan voters that would have enshrined a right to vouchers in the state’s Constitution. After the measure failed, she and her husband formed a political action committee to support pro-voucher candidates nationally. Less than a decade later, the group counted a 121-60 win-loss record .”
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    > Wealthy DeVos—who served as head of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000 and again from 2003 to 2005—is “a Michigan power broker and major donor to the GOP and its candidates around the country,” the Washington Post reports . She leads the American Federation for Children, described by teacher and education commentator Peter Greene as “a dark money group that works [for] school privatization,” and is married to Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune.
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    > “The DeVos family has been using their deep pockets to influence the Michigan legislature for years and it looks like they have finally bought their way into a presidential administration as well,” Progress Michigan said in a statement. “The DeVos family education plan has been a disaster for Michigan and we are truly saddened that Trump decided to import their failed ideas to Washington, D.C.”
    >
    > Meanwhile, the Post adds, DeVos’ brother “is Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, one of the most profitable private security firms during the Iraq War.”
    >
    > As Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, wrote at The Intercept just last week:
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    > The Prince and DeVos families gave the seed money for what came to be known as the Republican Revolution when Newt Gingrich became House speaker in 1994 on a far-right platform known as the Contract with America. The Prince and DeVos clans also invested heavily in a scheme developed by [Focus on the Family’s James] Dobson to engage in back-door lobbying activities by forming “prayer warrior” networks of people who would call politicians to advocate for Dobson’s religious and political agenda. Instead of lobbying, which the organization would have been prohibited from doing because of its tax and legal status, they would claim they were “praying” for particular policies.
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    > The Princes consistently poured money into criminalizing abortion, privatizing education, blocking gay rights, and other right-wing causes centered around their interpretation of Christianity. The family, especially Erik, was very close to Richard Nixon’s “hatchet man,” Watergate conspirator Charles “Chuck” Colson. The author of Nixon’s enemies list, Colson was the first person sentenced in the Watergate scandal, after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the investigation of the dirty tricks campaign against Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Colson became a born-again Christian before going to prison, and after his release, he started the Prison Fellowship, which sought to convert prisoners to Christianity to counter what Colson saw as the Islamic menace in U.S. prisons. Erik Prince funded this as well and went on prison visits with Colson.
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    > With all this in mind, journalists and public education advocates blasted Trump’s latest Cabinet appointment on Twitter:
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    > Billionaire fundraiser who never spent a day in a classroom. That’s Betsy DeVos. What a revolting choice. Latest in a slew. https://twitter.com/McCallum12/status/801502514793353216 … — Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) 11:35 AM – 23 Nov 2016
    > Wondering what Betsy DeVos will to do the nation’s schools? Look at what she did to Detroit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/us/for-detroits-children-more-school-choice-but-not-better-schools.html … — Jeff Guo (@_jeffguo) 10:37 AM – 23 Nov 2016
    > Our next US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos (and her children), have never attended public school.
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    > — Adam Smith (@AdamSmith_usa) 11:30 AM – 23 Nov 2016
    > Betsy DeVos, a huge advocate for school privatization, admitting her family buys influence with campaign donations
    >
    > — Lee Fang (@lhfang) 10:40 AM – 23 Nov 2016
    > Trump’s picked huge Koch donor club member, billionaire Amway heiress Betsy Devos, as Education Sec. Drain the swamp?
    >
    > — Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) 10:39 AM – 23 Nov 2016
    > Here we go-a true enemy of public education. https://twitter.com/BadassTeachersA/status/801439142940909568 … — Kathy Werner (@lifeliner2) 12:52 PM – 23 Nov 2016

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