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I Remain Mystified: How Can a Mega-Donor to Anti-Public Education Causes be Secretary of Education

Over the past three days I have read article after article decrying the nomination of Betsy DeVos… the latest being this NYTimes article by Noam Schreiber likening Ms. DeVos to the Koch brothers. These two paragraphs capture Ms. DeVos “philosophy” and her “qualifications:

In announcing his intention to nominate Ms. DeVos, Mr. Trump described her as “a brilliant and passionate education advocate.” Even critics characterized her as a dedicated, if misguided, activist for school reform. But that description understates both the breadth of Ms. DeVos’s political interests and the influence she wields as part of her powerful family. More than anyone else who has joined the incoming Trump administration, she represents the combination of wealth, free-market ideology and political hardball associated with a better-known family of billionaires: Charles and David Koch. 

They have this moralized sense of the free market that leads to this total program to turn back the ideas of the New Deal, the welfare state,” Kim Phillips-Fein, a historian who has written extensively about the conservative movement, said, describing the DeVoses.

Welcome to the oligarchy….

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