The Work and Financial Giving of Betsy DeVos

Typically, when I think of politicians, I think of people who don’t really care about giving back to the community. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Betsy DeVos is ethical and actually gives a lot. For example, Betsy DeVos and her family have donated an impressive $1 billion so far. Actually, just a few years ago in 2013 they gave $90 million. Perhaps even more interesting is the breakdown of the percentages of what they’ve given. Half went to educational causes. About 13% went to faith institutions, 25% to health and community services, and a nice 12% to the arts. Follow Betsy DeVos on

DeVos pioneered a program that helped kids in lower income communities increase their attendance rate by 30%. I wish that kind of help was available in my local community. Through her partnership with faith organizations, she helped people access basic shelter and food needs, have showers, get hired and even get their driver’s license, as well as other basic needs that many of us take for granted. Take, for instance, the case of Mel Trotter. She was homeless but thanks to the help of Betsy DeVos she was able to turn her life into a success story just 40 days later. DeVos is also a co-chair on the board of the Education Freedom Fund, and that has been since way back in 1993. This seems like a proper background for someone who is the Secretary of Education. This program helps kids in Michigan get scholarship money. And if that isn’t enough, when the Children’s Scholarship Fund offered up $7.5 million, she matched every penny of it with her own money. It’s not often you find someone willing to do that.

DeVos also supported Kids First which assists parents in getting credits for taxes when they want more choices for their children’s education. Together with her husband Dick, Betsy DeVos has done so much for education and children, including Children First America, Choices for Children, and American Education Reform Council. Furthermore, the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation helps hospitals. There are a number of success stories in which students had help from the DeVos family to go to higher education. Examples include getting their MA, MS, and even MBA degrees. If they are involved in some kind of startup or other business, there are funds available for that too. Finally, what really struck me as great about Betsy DeVos is that she helped to revitalize Detroit by bringing young people together with career politicians and business leaders to discuss solutions to common community problems that affect everybody. Imagine the next generation of young people, having better education, choices, and the experience to bring goodness into the new innovations and solutions they come up with.

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Thor Halvorssen Links Socialism to Human Rights Violations

Thor Halvorssen gave an insightful interview with Fox News on his take on democratic socialism and how it is linked to human rights abuses. As the president of the Human Rights Foundation, Halvorssen is very much acquainted with the massive human rights abuses that go on all over the globe everyday. The reason Halvorssen was asked by Fox to speak about socialism is that socialist policies have played a central role in the campaign of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders for president. Sanders has promoted socialist policies as a way to deal with the economic problems in the U.S. because Sanders thinks it involves a more equitable distribution of resources and will help protect the poorest classes of society. Although Thor Halvorssen does support Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign, he thinks that there are some very real problems with socialist policies being adopted.

Halvorssen links socialism to human rights abuses based on the role of the government in a socialist society. The socialist government is given the right to set various prices of goods and services. Also, the socialist government may even control the distribution of various goods and services. Halvorssen says the problem with this is that there can be a scarcity of certain necessary goods. If those goods are things like food and water, the society could be headed towards a major problem on the order of a humanitarian crisis. According to Halvorssen, it is a basic human right to have access to adequate food and water everyday. Halvorssen points to the example of Venezuela and the humanitarian crisis the citizens are dealing with right now. The government is rationing access to electricity, food, water and medicine. In Venezuela, there is little hope for a change in policies while the socialist ruling party remains in power. Halvorssen further explains that the situation in Venezuela is demonstrative of wheat happens when an authoritarian leader is empowered through socialist policies.

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