Betsy DeVos Is The Biggest Joke We’ve Ever Seen, But She’s Really No Different Than Arne Duncan And Obama So Stop Pretending You Suddenly Care About Education
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Update: The highly unqualified donor Betsy Duvos has been confirmed as Secretary of Education. All Republican senators except for two voted for her, leaving it a tie vote, and allowing VP Mike Pence to break the tie in her favor. Just as we gave a shoutout to the democrats who were willing to cross party lines and vote against the pay raise in the Massachusetts State Legislature last week, we also give a shoutout to Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for voting with the democrats this time around. Betsy Duvos is a joke, who basically just bought herself a cabinet position. Terrible, terrible decision by Trump.
Just wanted to make something clear – this is not now, nor has it ever been, a Donald Trump fanboy blog. We just preferred him to Hillary Clinton, find his antics to be hilarious, and love how much he pisses off our mortal enemies. But that doesn’t mean we actually buy into most of the shit he’s selling, and we’re certainly not afraid to call him out when he fucks up. And in the last 48 hours one of his fuck ups has become very apparent:
Her name is Betsy DeVos, and she is Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. Oh yea, and she has absolutely no fucking clue what she’s talking about. When these people get picked they have to go in front of a group of Senators who grill them about the job. It’s mostly just partisan ball-busting. Ninety-nine percent of the time they end up getting confirmed. Republican Senators did the same thing to every single one of Obama’s picks for his cabinet, and now it’s the Democrats turn to pay it back.
Now, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been making a fool of herself all week, as usual. She was one of just three who actually had the nerve to vote against Mad Dog Mattis for Defense Secretary. Literally everyone likes the Mad Dog. Conservatives, liberals, anarchists, lesbians, scientologists, you name it. It’s impossible not to like the Mad Dog. Naturally Liz Warren couldn’t vote for him because she’s the democrats version of Trump – a child who holds grudges and lacks the ability to work with people she doesn’t like. They grilled him about gays in the military and pussy grabbing and a bunch of stuff that ultimately doesn’t matter.
But I don’t care what party you belong to, there isn’t a person out there who could possibly think Betsy DeVos is qualified to be Secretary of Education. Just watch this 3:00 minute partisan video and you’ll have a better understanding of what an abortion sandwich she made of herself at the confirmation hearing:
Betsy DeVos has proven that she is wholly unqualified to lead the Department of Education.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) January 19, 2017
Can I just say how awful the sound of Liz Warren’s voice is. I detest being on the same side as her for once. But seriously, “pro-grums.” Who the hell says “pro-grums?” She almost made me feel bad for Betsy DeVos for a minute there. She has to be the most unlikeable politician who has ever lived.
Anyway, Betsy DeVos didn’t know what accountability meant. She didn’t know that the Americans with Disabilities Act isn’t something that states can just ignore. She doesn’t understand the extremely simple concept of the difference between proficiency and student growth (proficiency is a benchmark an individual student reaches on a standardized test, while student growth is how much that particular student improved on said standardized test from one year to the next).
And of course the most hilarious part was when she couldn’t promise Senator Murphy that guns should be kept out of schools, not because of a fear of another Sandy Hook massacre, but because of a fear of grizzly bears. Ya got that? Fucking GRIZZLY BEARS!! And for what it’s worth the school in Wyoming she was referring to protects itself from grizzly bears with a fence and bear spray. They don’t have guns there, nor do they want them.
She’s clearly just a right wing partisan hack who has been trained to say “states rights” and “more guns” over and over again. Turtleboy is in favor of state’s rights and gun rights, but you should actually know when to use those phrases if you choose to use them. And clearly this was not the right venue. She literally has no clue what she’s talking about. It’s as if she didn’t even bother preparing at all. Trump can get away with that because he’s funny. This chick ain’t funny. She’s just sad.
Here’s my question – why are we even talking about guns in schools? Is this really the big issue concerning public education right now? See, this is what’s wrong with democrats. Everything always comes back to guns and gays. Those are the only things that they care about. The special needs questions from Maggie Hassan were good questions. Millions of children will be affected by that. But we’re wasting time talking about some school in Wyoming? This is why we can’t have nice things.
Why wasn’t Liz Warren or Chris Murphy grilling her on charter schools? After all, her big project was “fixing” the Detroit Public Schools by designing a charter school system that was supposed to “fix” the DPS. Except the whole thing was a massive failure:
“Even charter advocates acknowledge is the biggest school reform disaster in the country.” In the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Detroit had the lowest reading and mathematics scores “by far” over any city participating in the evaluation.”
Why isn’t she being asked straight up – do you think teachers should be fired if their students standardized test scores aren’t high enough? Because that’s what Obama’s Department of Education has been doing for the last eight years.
Why isn’t she being grilled on her close ties to George W. Bush, and his abysmal failure known as “No Child Left Behind?”
Why isn’t she being grilled on her recent statement that public schools should be taken over by “entrepreneurs and innovators,” (i.e. letting people like Mark Zuckerberg turn public schools into another piece in their portfolio)? Not even exaggerating, she actually said that the problem with public education is that it’s not run by people like Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bazos:
“As long as education remains a closed system, we will never see the education equivalents of Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal, Wikipedia, or Uber.”
Why isn’t anyone asking the very simple and most pertinent question – “How the hell do you think you’re qualified to run the American public school system if you’ve never attended a public school, worked in a public school, and have been actively working to AGAINST public schools your entire life?”
So now that we’ve called out Betsy, it’s time to call out all the frauds on Turtleboy’s Facebook roster who are railing against her. My question for you people is, where the hell have you been the last eight years? Where were you when this dipshit was fucking over teachers and doing every single thing that you’re critical of Betsy DeVos about?
His name is Arne Duncan. And if you’re not just as fired up at him and Obama as you are about DeVos and Trump, then you’re a gigantic hypocrite. During Duncan’s tenure in office:
* He used his control of billions of dollars to promote a dual school system of privately managed charter schools operating alongside public schools; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* He has done nothing to call attention to the fraud and corruption in the charter sector or to curb charters run by non-educators for profit or to insist on charter school accountability or to require charters to enroll the neediest children; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* He pushed to require states to evaluate teachers by the test scores of their students, which has caused massive demoralization among teachers, raised the stakes attached to testing, and produced no positive results; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* He has been silent as state after state has attacked collective bargaining and due process for teachers; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* He has done nothing in response to the explosion of voucher programs that transfer public funds to religious schools; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* He has unleashed a mad frenzy of testing in classrooms across the country, treating standardized test scores as the goal of all education, rather than as a measure; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* His tenure has been marked by the rise of an aggressive privatization movement, which seeks to eliminate public education in urban districts, where residents have the least political power; (just like Betsy DeVos)
* Duncan has regularly accused parents and teachers of “lying” to students. For reasons that are unclear, he wants everyone to believe that our public schools are terrible, our students are lazy, not too bright, and lacking ambition. If he were a basketball coach, he would have been encouraging the team to try harder and to reach for greater accomplishment, but instead he took every opportunity to run down the team and repeat how dreadful they are. He spoke of “respect” but he never showed it. (Betsy DeVos hasn’t done this….yet)
Here’s the bottom line – Betsy DeVos got nominated for this gig because education wasn’t an issue in the campaign. This was the department that Trump put the least amount of thought into. Because the American people made it perfectly clear that they don’t give a shit about education. And Betsy is what you get when education is an issue that wasn’t even brought up at a single debate. If Hillary Clinton had gone on the offensive about these issues, and showed the American people that she intended on cleaning up Obama and Duncan’s failures from the last eight years, then Turtleboy would’ve considered voting for her. CONSIDERED. But instead she made her campaign entirely about the doomsday scenario of Trump becoming President. She brought up a Colombian porn star’s name at three separate debates, but didn’t bring up education once. She brought up pussy grabbing and imaginary racism and homophobia and xenopohobia, and a bunch of other shit that ultimately meant nothing. The American people were not convinced, Trump won, and now we’ve been fed this shit on a platter. Hopefully the Senators vote AGAINST confirmation on this one, and Trump actually appoints someone who isn’t a complete fucking joke.
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