Dems' defensive tactic: Demean DeVos

Monday, February 6, 2017
 | 
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Betsy DeVos hearingPresident Trump's pick to head up the Department of Education is having a tougher time than most of his picks getting through Senate hearings and confirmation votes.

While it's not necessarily a foregone conclusion, the fact that Republicans hold a majority in the Senate bodes well for Trump's Cabinet nominees. But two Republican senators – Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins – have gone against the party lines and are opposing Betsy DeVos. They're taking the same line as Senate Democrats who are critical because DeVos didn't go to a public school. For example:

"Mrs. DeVos's resume contains no experience in public education at any level not as a teacher, not as an administrator, not as a student or a parent," stated Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan).

The criticism is unjustified on a couple of fronts, says Gary Bauer of American Values. "The Department of Education is not the Department of Public Education – it's the Department of Education," he begins.

"[And] Betsy DeVos is a bright lady," Bauer continues. "[She's] an accomplished woman, somebody who has economic good sense, somebody who knows American history, who understands how to run large organizations, [and] is articulate."

DeVos is a longtime proponent of school choice and voucher programs and until recently served as chair of the American Federation for Children, a group that seeks to empower parents in choosing the education they deem best for their children.

Unless another Republican senator joins Murkowski and Collins, it's likely DeVos will be confirmed in the Senate with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Bauer contends the two Republican lawmakers – as well as many Democratic senators – are objecting on behalf of powerful teachers unions.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)"[Those] two Republican senators who bailed out are both senators that have gotten significant contributions from the public school establishment – and I think they're doing their bidding," he tells OneNewsNow.

There's one other argument the opposition is using to try and tarnish DeVos – as articulated by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) in her committee hearing:

Warren: "I think it's important for the person who's in charge of our financial aid programs to understand what it's like for students and their families who are struggling to pay for college. Mrs. DeVos, have you ever taken out a student loan from the federal government to help pay for college?"

DeVos: "I have not."

That's right: Democratic senators are criticizing DeVos for not going into debt to attend Calvin College in Michigan, which cost about $53,000 dollars in today's money.

The Senate's consideration of the nomination of DeVos is scheduled to resume today.

Columnist Thomas Sowell says a historic opportunity will be lost if the teachers unions and their allies can defeat the nomination of DeVos and persuade the Republicans to substitute someone else more acceptable to the education establishment.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Who do you believe when you hear them talk about the Republican tax reform bill?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line
Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Senate race
Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains
Islamic convert sentenced to death for beheading co-worker
Feds: New York woman laundered bitcoin to aide Islamic terrorists
White House: FBI records show 'extreme bias' against Trump

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey drops out of House race over 2005 harassment suit
Ranchers defeat Big Brother in property rights fight
Famous actor slammed by liberals for saying a very simple thing about sexual harassment
Charles Barkley: Why not tell blacks to emulate you?
Hallmark Christmas movies under fire for spreading 'Caucasian cheer'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
University 'educates' students about white privilege

Sharecroppers (B&W pic)The phrase "white privilege" has become common in today’s culture, and University of Wisconsin-Madison has taken the idea as far as hosting an upcoming workshop titled White Privilege 101.