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Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education #BetsyDevos #SecretaryOfEducation #TrumpPresidente

January 3, 2017

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Chair of the Michigan Republican Party 2003–2005
Born Elisabeth Prince
January 8, 1958
Holland, Michigan, U.S.
Spouse Dick DeVos
Children 4
Graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science.

Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist from Michigan.

  • DeVos is a prominent member of the Republican Party known for her advocacy of school choice, voucher programs, and ties to the Christian community.
  • She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003.
  • DeVos was one of the architects of the Detroit charter school system.
  • Member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
  • She has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and heads the All Children Matter PAC.
  • DeVos is married to Dick DeVos and is the daughter-in-law of billionaire Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway.
  • Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of Blackwater Worldwide.
  • DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince founder of the Prince Corporation.
  • On November 23, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.

Business career:

  • DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Founded it in 1989.
  • In 2011, DeVos via the Windquest Group, invested in Energetx Composites, a wind energy company. They were drawn to it because it aligned with Windquest Group’s clean energy focus. Windquest also invested in another Western Michigan firm, Cascade Engineering, to create a water filter used to help clean water efforts.
  • DeVos and her husband were producers for the Broadway stage play “Scandalous”: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, in 2012. Based on the life of the famous evangelist and featuring a book and lyrics written by Kathie Lee Gifford, the show ran for 3 weeks.

Non-profit work:

  • Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation
    Launched in 1989. According to its website, they are motivated by faith, and centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in: education, community, arts, justice, and leadership.
  • Kennedy Center
    DeVos was appointed by President George W. Bush to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2004, and served until 2010. While she was on the board, she and her husband funded a center to teach arts managers and boards of directors how to fundraise and manage their cultural institutions. The couple donated $22.5 million in 2010 to continue the endeavor, which was given in the name the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
  • After the announcement of the DeVoses’ gift to the Kennedy Center, DeVos explained that she had been persuaded by Kennedy Center official Michael Kaiser’s observation that millions of dollars are invested but not in “training the leaders who hire the artists and run the organizations.” The DeVoses’ gift was intended to remedy this oversight. “We want to help develop human capital and leverage that capital to the greatest extent possible.” The DeVoses’ gift, part of which would be spent on arts groups in Michigan that had been hit hard by the recession, was the largest private donation in the Kennedy Center’s history.
  • In 2009, DeVos and her family founded ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Education
    School Vouchers 
  • DeVos is known as a “a fierce proponent of school vouchers” that would allow students to attend private schools with public funding. According to The New York Times, it “is hard to find anyone more passionate about the idea of steering public dollars away from traditional public schools than Betsy DeVos.”
  • An article in The Washington Post stated that “her policy positions on school vouchers appear to be motivated by her Christian faith”.
  • DeVos served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice.
  • She heads the All Children Matter PAC which she and her husband founded in 2003 to promote school vouchers, tax credits to businesses that give private school scholarships, and candidates who support these causes.
  • Other activities on behalf of public-school reform have included membership on the boards of directors of the Advocates for School Choice, the American Education Reform Council, and the Education Freedom Fund. She has chaired the boards of Choices for Children, and Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP).
  • DeVos is Chair of the American Federation for Children (AFC), which ia a leading national advocacy organization promoting school choice.
  • During the 1990s, she served on the boards of Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which sought to expand school choice through vouchers and tax credits.
  • She and her husband worked for the successful passage of Michigan’s first charter-school bill in 1993, and for the unsuccessful effort in 2000 to amend Michigan’s constitution to allow tax-credit scholarships or vouchers. In response to that defeat, DeVos started a PAC, the Great Lakes Education Project, which championed charter schools. DeVos’s husband and John Walton then founded All Children Matter, a political organization, which she chaired.

Detroit charter school system 

  • A study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that: “the typical student in Michigan charter schools gains more learning in a year than his TPS [traditional public schools] counterparts, amounting to about two months of additional gains in reading and math. These positive patterns are even more pronounced in Detroit, where historically student academic performance has been poor.”
  • The DeVoses have also established an annual scholarship, called the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship, which is awarded to students earning a BBA or combined BBA/MBA at Northwood University.
  • DeVos is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), think tank founded by Jeb Bush whose stated goal is to “build an American education system that equips every child to achieve his or her God-given potential.”

Today’s Dream Team Scouting Report: Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President #TrumpPresidente #KellyanneConway

December 29, 2016

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Born Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
January 20, 1967
Atco, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) George Conway
Alma mater Trinity Washington University
(BA)
George Washington University
(JD)

Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway is an American Republican campaign manager, strategist, and pollster. She is president and CEO of The Polling Company Inc./Woman Trend, and has been a political commentator on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and more. She has been a guest on shows such as Good Morning America, Real Time with Bill Maher, Meet the Press, and Hannity.

Kellyanne Conway views herself as an activist Gen X woman conservative.

On July 1, 2016, Trump announced that he hired Conway for a senior advisory position. Conway was expected to advise Trump on how to better appeal to female voters. Conway became the Trump campaign’s third campaign manager in August 2016. This made her the first woman to run a Republican general election presidential campaign. At the time, Trump was trailing Hillary Clinton by about ten percentage points in various opinion polls. Journalist Ryan Lizza credits Conway with closing the gap in the polls by improving Trump’s effectiveness while giving speeches, using language to appeal to voters and focusing speeches, such as when Trump described America as “a nation of strivers, dreamers, and believers.” Trump ultimately won the presidential election, with Conway being credited by The Guardian for playing a major role in transforming Trump’s campaign and for appealing to female voters.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1. She is very well-educated.

Conway graduated magna cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in political science. She then studied at Oxford University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious honors society, and later earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University Law School.

2. She’s also a former pageant winner.

Conway grew up in Atco, New Jersey, a town in the southern part of the state, not far from Atlantic City. In 1982, she won the New Jersey Blueberry Princess pageant at 16. Conway was not only a pageant winner but also named the World Champion Blueberry Packer, thanks to eight summers packing blueberries on a farm. Conway credits her experience in the farm in Hammonton, NJ for teaching her a strong work ethic. “The faster you went, the more money you’d make.” “Everything I learned about life and business started on that farm.”

3. She’s worked extensively with Republican lawmakers.

Conway is president and CEO of the Polling Company, which she founded in 1995. Her company often works with Republican candidates to appeal to female voters and the client list reads like a who’s who of conservative politicians and organizations: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich’s former presidential campaign, Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, National Rifle Association, and Family Research Council, Congressman Jack Kemp; Senator Fred Thompson; former Vice President Dan Quayle; amongst others.

In addition to her political opinion research work, Conway has directed demographic and attitudinal survey projects for trade associations and private companies, including American Express, ABC News, Major League Baseball, and Ladies Home Journal. Her firm The Polling Company also includes WomanTrend, a research and consulting division created to better connect corporate America with the female consumer. WomanTrend monitors female consumers as well as a multitude of current and prospective lifestyle, home, work, entertainment, technological, and generational trends affecting all consumers.

Conway has appeared as a commentator on polling and the political scene, having appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, NY1, and the Fox News Channel, in addition to various radio programs. She has received the Washington Post’s “Crystal Ball” award for accurately predicting the 2004 elections.

4. She was raised by women.

Conway’s parent divorced when she was 3 years old. “I grew up in a house with my mom and her mom, and two of my mother’s unmarried sisters,” she explained. “So four Italian Catholic women raised me.”

5.  She wrote a book titled What Women Really Want.

In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live along with Democratic strategist Celinda Lake. “By delving beneath the radioactive, hot-button issues,” the book’s Amazon description reads, “Lake and Conway discovered common causes with which women are inventing a new age of opportunity — doing it their way and, in the process, improving life for all Americans.”

6. She’s pro-immigration reform (or at least was).

Although President elect Trump’s campaign had been decidedly anti-immigrant — build a wall, shut down Muslim immigration — Conway has a rather enlightened view on this matter. In 2014, she tried to convince Republicans to embrace comprehensive immigration reform and legal status for undocumented workers. She also co-authored a memo for the pro-immigration group FWD.us that delved into the benefits of creating a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented workers. She was among 16 Republican pollsters to sign the memo.

7. She will be the highest-ranking woman in the White House.
She will be the highest-ranking woman in the White House, according to the New York Times.

 

16 WAYS THE CLINTONS ENCARCERATED MILLIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS AND HISPANICS

October 5, 2016

The Clintons have decimated generations of Black and Hispanic Americans by presiding over the largest and most unjust increment of prison inmates in American history.

The United States has the highest incarceration rate among developed nations at roughly 700 prisoners per 100,000 people, accounting for 25% of the world’s prison population despite only holding 5% of the worlds total population. However, crime rates have been on a decline since the early 1990s therefore making today’s high incarceration levels very concerning.

Additionally, since 2010 the average annual increase in the female jail population is 3.4%, which represents the fastest-growing group within the correctional population.

Why are the Clintons responsible?

  1. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 gave $10 billion to fund new prisons, $6.1 billion for crime prevention and money for 100,000 new police officers.
  2. It enforced corrupt and harsher sentencing in federal prisons and incentivized the creation of “truth-in-sentencing” laws at the state level. These laws require violent offenders to serve a minimum portion of their original sentence by ruling out the possibility of early parole. States that set this minimum at 85% of the sentence were granted funding for new prisons, thus more $ millions for the prison industry.
  3. In 1996, Clinton used inhumane language to defend the “tough-on-crime” policies she backed: “They are not just gangs of kids anymore, they are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”
  4. The Clintons supported the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack versus powder cocaine, which produced staggering racial injustice in sentencing, while boosting funding for drug-law enforcement.
  5. By 1999, 27 states and the District of Columbia qualified for funding. And 5 years after the bill was passed, 29 states had truth-in-sentencing laws, and 24 had three strikes laws.
  6. Thus, the explosion of the prison system under the Clintons is impossible to dispute. The total prison population rose by 673,000 people under Clinton. The number of prisoners under federal jurisdiction DOUBLED, and grew more than it did under the previous 12-years combined.
  7. There is also very strong evidence that these policies had a small impact on actual crime rates, totally out of proportion to their severity, and that these policies contributed to the immiseration of vast numbers of black (and also white) Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder.
  8. Additionally, federal funding for public housing fell by $17 billion (a 61% reduction), on the other hand federal funding for corrections rose by $19 billion (an 171% increase). The federal government redirected nearly $1 billion in state spending for higher education towards prison construction.
  9. Clinton also put a permanent eligibility ban for welfare or food stamps to anyone convicted of a felony drug offense (including marijuana possession). He prohibited drug felons from public housing. More than any other administration, the Clintons created the current racial undercast in our country. Millions of minority families were unfairly separated, while worsening the fatherless-homes epidemic of our poor communities. 
  10. When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80-90% of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs.
  11. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.”
  12. As unemployment rates sank to historically low levels for white Americans in the 1990s, the jobless rate among black men in their 20s without a college degree rose to its highest level ever. This increase in joblessness was propelled by the skyrocketing incarceration rate. Why is this not common knowledge? Because government statistics like poverty and unemployment rates do not include incarcerated people. As Harvard sociologist Bruce Western explains: “Much of the optimism about declines in racial inequality and the power of the US model of economic growth is misplaced once we account for the invisible poor, behind the walls of America’s prisons and jails.”
  13. When Clinton left office in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college-educated black men (including those behind bars) was 42%. This figure was never reported. Instead, the media claimed that unemployment rates for African Americans had fallen to record lows, neglecting to mention that this miracle was possible only because incarceration rates were at record highs. Young black men weren’t looking for work at high rates during the Clinton era because they were behind bars—out of sight, out of mind, and no longer counted in poverty and unemployment statistics.
  14. The Clinton administration also eliminated Pell grants for prisoners seeking higher education to prepare for their release, and supported laws denying federal financial aid to students with drug convictions.
  15. Perhaps most alarming, Clinton also made it easier for public-housing agencies to deny shelter to anyone with any sort of criminal history (even an arrest without conviction) and championed the “one strike and you’re out” initiative, which meant that families could be evicted from public housing because one member (or a guest) had committed even a minor offense. People released from prison with no money, no job, and nowhere to go could no longer return home to their loved ones living in federally assisted housing without placing the entire family at risk of eviction. Purging “the criminal element” from public housing played well on the evening news, but no provisions were made for people and families as they were forced out on the street.
  16. By the end of Clinton’s presidency, more than half of working-age African-American men in many large urban areas were saddled with criminal records and subject to legalized discrimination in employment, housing, access to education, and basic public benefits—relegated to a permanent second-class status eerily reminiscent of Jim Crow.

 

Words are not enough to reflect the irreparable damage the Clinton’s have caused against generations of minorities, their families, and their communities. The current Clintonesque Prison System has torn apart loved ones, has destroyed people’s futures, rendered people homeless, and has created a real life Dante’s Inferno that moves masses of poor children from an unfair and broken school system into top of the line government sponsored hell prisons.

 

Further ties to the Prison industry: (of course when these records werr made public, the Clinton campaign claimed it would donate such funds to charity).

Clinton has taken hundreds of thousands in bundled contributions from lobbyists who represent the private prison industry. One of Clinton’s top lobbyist bundlers, Robert Sullivan, is registered to work on behalf of Geo Group. Geo Group operates a number of jails, including immigrant detention centers, for profit. Sullivan is also partner at Capitol Counsel and has bundled more than $300,000 for Clinton’s campaign, and at least $345,000 for the Hillary Victory Fund. Numerous other Clinton bundlers also are tied to the private prison industry.

Five Clinton bundlers work for the lobbying and law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in America, paid Akin Gump $240,000 in lobbying fees last year. The firm also serves as a law firm for the prison giant, representing the company in court.

Akin Gump lobbyist and Clinton bundler Brian Popper disclosed that he previously helped CCA defeat efforts to compel private prisons to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.

 

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RESOURCES:

http://www.newsweek.com/americas-correctional-system-numbers-293583

http://sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Trends-in-US-Corrections.pdf

http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/049/201607159020642049/201607159020642049.pdf

https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clinton-does-not-deserve-black-peoples-votes/

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/13/the_clinton_dynastys_horrific_legacy_how_tough_on_crime_politics_built_the_worlds_largest_prison/

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/12/347736999/20-years-later-major-crime-bill-viewed-as-terrible-mistake

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/data-visualizations/2014/prison-and-crime

http://articles.latimes.com/2001/feb/19/news/mn-27373