Who will next sell-out our children’s futures in the name of God and Country?

How can government be run as a business, a public/private partnership in education and the advancement of technology? Easy. Hand federal funds to corporations who will drain as much profit as possible into their coffers and damn the consequences. Use a front, a shill, who shovels funding to private organizations and politically connected tax-free religious institutions and their wealthy leaders who wave the flag covered cross as a sacred emblem. Billionaire heiress Betsy DeVos wants to be that next shill.

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Who will next sell-out our children’s futures in the name of God and Country?

Please don’t engage in magical thinking and denial. Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have played their parts of this corporate sell-off of our children’s futures. Secretaries of Education Margaret Spellings, Arne Duncan, John King, and next (?) Betsy DeVos.

The reality is that it’s all about money and power. The Education Industrial Complex is no chimera. Look at the New York Stock Exchange for investment opportunities. The big money is from multinational investors. You can buy into it if you choose to.

All of the players will financially benefit personally and for their Big-Two Political Party of choice.

Our indoctrinated children will believe they are educated. Our country will still have the same name, flag, symbols and attached non-essentials, but the republic will be an empty shell. The middle class will be a blurred memory. The welfare and good of the people will no longer be served. Public education will be the scorned “government schools” as teachers become script reading whatevers. Vouchers and online indoctrination are the ultimate corporate goal as they package education for sale like brands of soft drinks or cigarettes.

Is there any hope?

Resist. Resistance has won other wars in other ways in many lands including the infant USA in its fight for freedom against the cruel empire of the British in colonial day.

Be part of the Resistance Movement. It is a civic duty to help change occur. Join whatever local or national groups that provide organization for resistance. You choose. Choose to help in your own way.

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Democrapublican posturing and Betsy DeVos: the Overview

Will Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’ opposition vote unity by Democrats succeed? Unity? But what about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$ involved?

After U.S. Secretaries of Education Spelling, Duncan, and King, will there be any other Secretary of Education who will support public education for all? Will Democrapublicans support public education for all?

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Democrapublicans vote their pocketbooks, their future career shifts into well-paid corporate advisory committees that do no require attendance, their received donations for their own “foundations” and campaigns, and other self-serving methods of ill-gotten gain. They vote and smile for photo ops during their posturing periods. 

What politicians of either major political party give a damn about our children, our teachers, our schools or our futures? Very few. Democrapublicans in a corrupt system certainly don’t care when money and power can be gained.

There is a Democratic unity opposition-posturing and blustering for purposes of deceiving the public that has been forced to beg for each issue vote; this has become the reality of today’s bipartisan corruption as government. Corruption as government is brought to you by huge corporate interests whose public/private partnerships have become household names and daily conversations. The multinational investors who are the Education Industrial Complex finance Democrapublicans. 

There are REASONS people mourn that there is ONE corporate PARTY. Democrapublicans. Tim Kane, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate who lost, has voted for each of Trump’s nominees up until the show of party unity against DeVos.

Prior to the last election, I was told in public by a Democratic Party official in Brevard County, Florid that she and several other people had attended a rally with Tim Kane as the speaker. We were told that he was just a “regular” guy like all of us. Photo ops were generously granted by this regular guy. People posted their photos with him on Facebook. What proof of his regular guy authenticity was offered us?

It’s nonsense to say that Tim Kaine is a regular guy because he posed with his open collared shirt and rolled up sleeves while sporting a big smile. I doubt that Benedict Arnold rolled up his sleeves while wearing an open collared shirt and smiling for engraving-ops with the little people. Arnold had no Facebook opportunities, and once he was discovered for what he did, he had to leave the country. Today’s mockery, this imitation of old fashioned politics must end.

Please speak truth to power at every meeting you attend locally or nationally. These abuses must end, or our country will end while maintaining its outward facade as the United States of America.

The new corporate USA could continue as “one nation, under a particular American Christian God, with liberty and justice for all corporations and foundations who are people under the law.”

WE MUST RESIST.

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When did the Catholic school teacher ban occur? Never.

American children in Catholic schools were traditionally taught by nuns, nuns who took a sacred vow of obedience to the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope in the Vatican in Rome. American Catholic school teachers were by-and-large nuns.

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During WWII against the Axis Powers of Germany, Italy and Japan, the years of deadly battle created incredible and long lasting animosities against these enemies. In America, Italian and German stores and restaurants were burned as many police authorities turned a blind eye to the assailants; Japanese-Americans were interred (detained and robbed of their properties and livelihood) as American authorities invaded, searched and plundered many of their homes and workplaces.

The Roman Catholic nuns, who dressed as many Muslim women today dress, were not “detained” or searched. Their garb was a point of open ridicule by Klan members in a few parts of America, but American authorities did not ban or threaten to make their garb illegal by American law. No attempts were made to ban their travel.

Even after WWII, the McCarthy era witch hunts were not directed at the “habits” worn by nuns; no American authorities attempted to make their vows illegal. Catholic nuns were not declared un-American by elected officials.

Today’s fear mongering, hate spewing elected officials feel free to scapegoat women who wear Muslim garb. Many Muslims, male and female – young and old, are detained, refused travel which is open to all others, and bodily searched due to the targeting of “suspect” peoples. Scapegoats for American political inadequacies.

“Make America Great Again?” Americans have become proof to the world that man has evolved from the lower animals. Some have evolved less than others, and they have been elected to positions of power and authority. God help America; our elected majorities in Congress and our President are certainly not helping America.

What can we do about this and all of the other shock-and-awe affronts? Resist.

Resist in every way you can devise. We have each other to rely upon. This works by being a reliable person who loves his/her neighbor as himself/herself. Resist.

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Divide and Conquer: “This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses.”

Cities and state politicians have simply refused to pay their legally required pension obligations for decades. They have borrowed from and/or created bonds based on pension systems. By continued underfunding (theft by taking owed money and giving it to others) and layering interest on interest, the guaranteed impoverishment continues its cancerous gnawing. These same politicians are now aiming to victimize the victims of their systemic theft as they themselves posture politically as “saviors” of the systems. To use Vietnam era logic and language, “We had to destroy the village to save the village.”

Destroy the pension system to save the pension system – at the price of suffering and impending doom to human beings who were part of the hard working middle class. These blamed victims are now demonized as lazy and undeserving.

TODAY: Cleveland employees are being threatened. This is NOT new or a Trump executive order. The ongoing systemic plan (not a mere conspiracy theory) is a long range working plan for pension raiders on a national basis.

“The reductions were made possible under a 2014 law that, for the first time, allowed financially troubled pensions to shrink payments to retirees if it would improve the health of the fund. Prior to the law, troubled pension plans could only cut benefits for current workers. Reductions for retirees were only possible after a fund had become insolvent.

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However, many bond holder investors are promised high interest levels and security to the investors first rather than to retirees first.

As reported earlier nationally,

“This proposal would devastate retirees and their surviving spouses. The proposal would also torpedo basic protections of the federal… pension law … that
once benefits are earned they can’t be cut back.”

To further dismantle governmental safeguards and to profit the bondholders and the politicians whose campaigns receive contributions from the financial interests who will profit from this savagery, the political system preaches ideologies which are mere smoke and mirrors allowing pension managers and emergency managers to fill their own pockets and the pockets of those they actually serve. Corruption as government shifts into yet even higher gear. American retirees are treated as collateral damage, the war euphemism for innocent victims who are maimed and murdered.

“Several of the nation’s large multi-employer pension plans are on a course that would leave them insolvent within a decade. If that occurred, the federal insurance fund that protects the retirement benefits of more than 10 million Americans… could collapse.

In a proposal made more than a year ago, a coalition… said the only way to salvage the most distressed pension plans… is to allow them to cut retirement benefits before they run out of money.

This is illogical logic once the backgrounds and purposes are disclosed. Savage logic.

Teachers, counselors, mental health workers, and all public employees are under attack – even after they pay for their own retirement with each paycheck’s mandatory contributions. Systemic theft by politicians is ignored and unpunished.

At whatever age, we must take to the streets or allow yet another step of divide and conquer to cripple and kill us financially and physically.

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Dark Money, Betsy DeVos, Blackwater, Lamar Alexander, Erik Prince and our children

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CONNECT THE DOTS.

Jane Mayer in her 2016 New York Times bestseller, Dark Money, intersperses the DeVos family scandals from page 15 to page 360. Yes, Betsy Prince DeVos, the prospective Secretary of Education, is the sister of Erik Prince of Blackwater mercenary infamy.

Senator Lamar Alexander, the elderly republican Chairman of the Health, Eduction and Pension Committee, is pulling DeVos through the cogs of the Congressional Confirmation Hearings. The senior senator’s ultra-right wing history and his connections with the Military Industrial Complex and the Corporate Education Industrial Complex are legion; it would take most of a day to google his background and connections. Sen Alexander is cheating in as many ways as he can get away with in order to skate through the spectacle.

Betsy’s brother, Erik Prince, has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars per contract for his mercenary Blackwater (later renamed XE Services and then Academi) corporation which was and is involved in one deadly and scandalous operation after another.

At this moment, Prince has been exposed as the adviser to the Trump transition team, the same team that vets Cabinet choices, one of which just happens to be his billionaire sister who just revealed that Betsy DeVos has been listed as a director of her mother’s super-right-wing foundation due to a “clerical error.” The Elsa and Edgar Prince Foundation, of which she is officially the director of , happens to channel funds to organizations declared as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Hate groups are one thing; this death squad for public education is worse yet. Our children’s fates are in their hands, their greedy and corrupting hands.

The fact is that Betsy Prince DeVos and Erik Prince should both be thoroughly investigated, tried and jailed. Why will this never happen? Because they are billionaires in a country that does not have “liberty and justice for all.” With their lawyers, money and connections they are truly above the law since they finance the lawmakers, such as Sen. Lamar Alexander through campaign contributions filtered through corporations and foundations interlinked to PACs and Super PACs which are currently considered legal by many lawyers and legislators.

Would you trust your child’s fate with any of these people?

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What are you and your children worth? What are DeVos, Ross, Viola, etc. worth?

You, me and our children are mere collateral damage to billionaires who garner immense personal wealth and power by legalizing their own agendas. The middle class and semi-affluence are shriveling. Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees Betsy DeVos, Wilbur Ross, Vincent Viola, etc. are billionaires who still refuse to divulge their financial worth or the legally required ethics paperwork. Ten years ago Kurt Vonnegut predicted this.

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“Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage.”

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (2007)

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Kurt Vonnegut predicted Betsy DeVos

Kurt Vonnegut predicted Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump and the presidential cabinet nominees.

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“And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.”

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

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“It is NOT your right to despair.”

The despair we are experiencing with a sociopath billionaire as the unelected President of the United States who is declared President by the Electoral College is palpable. Naming sociopaths of his ilk to his Cabinet is also enough to throw us into despair.

Bernie Sanders gives us all his sage advice, advice which is not for wimps.

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Find others in your area. Unite.

Organize. Refuse to accept what we know is wrong. Get into the streets. Unite.

Never, ever be a willing victim. Unite.

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America’s Public Education for All and America’s Foreign Wars

While the USA rebuilds war torn foreign countries with the aim of helping them flourish independently, the establishment of decent public schools for all is deemed a necessity.

What are our taxes paying for in the foreign countries we have bombed?

Not expensive and unproven high stakes testing of various brand names, not profitable privatization via charter schools, not a labor pool of cheap and uncertified replaceable instructors called teachers, not substituting online learning for actual human and humane teaching, not pretending that data is both knowledge and wisdom, not allowing billionaire’s with so-called philanthropic foundations and propaganda laden think tanks that actually make billions of dollars of tax free money to decide what children must do.

Decent public education for all is a mainstay for peace and prosperity, and everybody knows it. American tax money pays for this – in the foreign countries we bomb.

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The September 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine has a superb and lengthy account of a panel forum titled Tearing Up the Map. Its focus is on international relations. Of necessity America’s war endgames and rebuilding policies include decent public education for all. Access for all.

“Look at northern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War, which was a hugely successful example of American intervention. Iraqis in the northern third of the country had assisted in what we wanted to do…

We viewed it as a long-term mission where you didn’t have people living in tents. You built long-tern housing for people. You had schools. You grew [what you hoped to be] a generation of political leadership…

We created a safe space for ordinary politics to achieve the legitimate aims of the people.”

Specifically, what thinking and planning preceded this?

“There are societies that are governed by the rule of law by the consent of their people, with freedom of expression. Where these things exist… you see stability, and prosperity, and innovation. Where there are deficits in the rule of law, consensual government, and freedom of expression is where we see problems burgeoning around the international order…

Those of us who enjoy these privileges are losing confidence that these values are universal or that we need to fight to advance them in the world.”

Once we doubt that we need these values, or that we need to fight to maintain these values, we risk stability, prosperity and more among the multiplicity of attributes that America displays before the world.

Who would sell us out?

Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois’ Gov. Bruce Rauner, Connecticut’s Gov. Dan Malloy, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, and every Democratic and Republican elected official whose “ideologies” are in actuality financial profit for themselves and their campaign donors.

The insane financial waste of America’s unending foreign wars robs us and our children of a decent standard of living while slaughtering our own members of the armed forces along with hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings around the earth.

Dismantling public schools for all and supporting the agenda of the powerful and wealthy Educational Industrial Complex owners and investors equate to national suicide. Big Pharma, Big Agra, Big Oil, and Big EduReform investors and money managers are destroying us for their own short term profits.

Corruption as government must end – or we as individuals will end.

Civil disobedience is necessary.

Please do what you can, where you can, and when you can. Organize locally and join together statewide and nationally.

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THERE WAS NO SECOND DEBATE. (Did you hear two separate public education policies?)

Did you hear two separate public education policies?

Neither did I.

The event has been hyped as a spectacle. The world cannot believe what a spectacle we are making of ourselves.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 01: Two fans are seen wearing masks of 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 01: Two fans are seen wearing masks of 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Please stop calling the TV money-making Theater of the Absurd a debate.
What IS an actual debate?

Every public school in America teaches debate at one level or another. Many high schools and colleges have superb debate teams. The candidates and their handlers know this.

Here are the Rules of Debate.

“Each person has two or three constructive speeches, and two to three rebuttal speeches. The affirmative gives the first constructive speech, and the rebuttals alternate: negative, affirmative, negative, affirmative. The affirmative has both the first and last speeches of the debate.
When worded as a proposition of policy, the topic requires the affirmative to support some specified action by some particular individual or group. The affirmative has the right to make any reasonable definition of each of the terms of the proposition. If the negative challenges the reasonableness of a definition by the affirmative, the judge must accept the definition of the team that shows better grounds for its interpretation of the term.”

See more complete Rules of Debate on this site.

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