Thursday, December 22, 2016
In the past week, Trump has made two major cabinet appointments filling the Education Secretary position and the Health and Human Services (HHS) role. In making both appointments, Trump chose two candidates who are far to the right of the mainstream and who will spend their time in office trying to undo most of the work that the previous Education and HHS secretaries have done.
When Trump selected Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary, public education advocates and Teachers unions saw their worst fears come true. DeVos is a school choice, aka charter school advocate, having served on the boards of several pro-charter school organizations. The DeVos family made their money through controversial means with her husband being the former President of Amway and her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of the controversial security firm Blackwater. For years Amway has been accused of being a pyramid scheme, while Blackwater has been surrounded by controversy over the last few years for their role as mercenaries in Iraq. Blackwater, which has now been renamed Academi, has hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts with the United States Government. Click here to read more.