Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, is currently being grilled as required before she can face a vote. Conservatives balked at first because she had been in favor of Common Core, the brainchild of leftists intent on completely controlling how students think. When she was first introduced, she declared her opposition to it. What is not in dispute is she is in favor of local control of schools and an advocate for vouchers for poor kids to escape the failing public system.
Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick, lauded as bold reformer, called unfit for job
The Senate education committee was deeply divided over President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary at her confirmation hearing Tuesday evening, with Democrats attacking Betsy DeVos as unfit for the job and Republicans defending her as a bold reformer.
DeVos is an unusually polarizing nominee to helm the Education Department. She has lobbied for decades to expand charter schools and taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and religious schools, but she has no professional experience in public schools and has not held public office.
In his introduction of DeVos at Tuesday’s hearing, Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, argued that her status as an outsider is an asset.
The Democrat Party has been in the pocket of their most powerful ally, the teachers union, for decades. Quite naturally, they are doing their utmost to try to savage this nominee.
DeVos Grilled by Union-Funded Democrats
Gets Sanders to admits that free college isn’t free
Sanders also grilled DeVos about whether she was qualified for the post. The senator, who has received more than $140,000 from the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, questioned whether her family’s political donations played a role in the nomination.
“I don’t mean to be rude, but do you think if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family has [sic] not made hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to the Republican Party that you would be sitting here today?” Sanders asked.
“As a matter of fact I do think that there would be that possibility. I have worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last almost 30 years,” she said.
Murray has received $129,000 from those unions, making her the third largest recipient of union cash behind Sen. Sanders and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.). The 11 Democrats on the committee have received nearly $740,000 from those unions.
The NEA spent more than $35 million to help Hillary Clinton and national Democrats in 2016, making it one of the top 10 biggest spenders in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), an avowed socialist and Clinton’s sole serious challenger in the 2016 primary, has been the biggest career recipient of NEA money on the committee, raising more than $100,000 from the union’s PACs, employees, and members over the course of his career. Those donations have made NEA one of his 20 largest career contributors.
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I ONLY POSTED THIS BECAUSE IT IS MERCIFULLY SHORT. THE DEMOCRATS WERE ANGRY BECAUSE THEY WERE ONLY ALLOWED 5 MINUTES EACH TO ASK QUESTIONS, NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TIME FOR THESE INQUISITORS TO MANAGE TO DRAW SIGNIFICANT BLOOD. I DIDN’T BOTHER TO POST ANY MORE, SINCE THEY ALL HAVE THEIR TALKING POINTS FROM THE UNION AND THE PARTY.