What qualifications did Betsy DeVos possess to be nominated for Secretary of Education? That’s easy: none. She and her husband are billionaires who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Republican Candidates. She is a religious extremist whose goal is to end public education and force all America’s children to receive ‘vouchers’ and attend private Christian schools.
Trump nominated her, so naturally she is supporting his dangerous demand to force all schools to reopen this fall. Health experts are against it. However Trump and his stooges don’t give a damn. Their personal ambitions take precedence over the safety of our nation’s children.
DeVos appeared on Fox Sunday and was interviewed by Chris Wallace. First, let me say that this was a mismatch. Wallace is a legitimate journalist, and DeVos has the mental acuity of a brick.
“Both you and the president have threatened to cut off funding for schools systems that don’t open fully in the fall,” Wallace explained during an interview with DeVos. “Are you and the president unilaterally going to cut off funding that’s been approved by Congress — and most of the money goes to disadvantaged students or students with disabilities?”
Wallace continued: “And secondly, isn’t cutting off funding exactly the wrong answer? Don’t you want to spend more money to make schools safer, whether it’s with plastic shields or health checks, various other systems?”
“Doesn’t it make more sense to increase funding for schools where it’s unsafe rather than cut off funding?” he asked.
Every one of the unqualified members of Trump’s administration does the same thing when asked a straightforward question, they give an answer to the question they would have preferred to be asked.
“If schools aren’t going to reopen and not fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds,” the education secretary opined. “Then give it to the families to decide to go to a school that is going to meet that promise.”
Is this the answer of a representative of an elected official or a fascist? The answer is too easy. Trump does not believe that he is a democratically elected public servant. He has chosen to rule over us, not serve all 330 million Americans.
Wallace pointed out that a public health emergency is not the time to push a longtime Republican-led effort to favor private schools over public schools.
“You can’t do that!” the Fox News host said. “I know you guys support vouchers and that’s a reasonable argument but you can’t do that unilaterally, you have to do that through Congress.”
DeVos once again failed to answer the question, and lied. Most Americans, including myself oppose forcing our nation’s children to attend privates schools. I went to both and received a far better all around education in the public school system.
“Well, we’re looking at all the options because it’s a promise to the American people and their families,” DeVos remarked. “And we want to make sure that promise if followed through on.”
The cast of Trump’s administration is led by Trump and Pence; better known as “Dumb and Dumber.” They refuse to listen to the American people, and have no ability to lead a nation of 330 million people. Their agenda is not the agenda of most Americans, and the result will be an historical defeat in November.
There are only two choices in November: America or the fascist administration of Donald John Trump.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Photo courtesy of the White House
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