A Brief History of Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos is an individual who is well known and respected in the United States; he is especially loved in his home state of Michigan. DeVos is the husband to Betsy DeVos. Betty DeVos is the US Secretary of Education. Dick DeVos is also an individual who is dedicated to changing institutions and improving the lives of those individuals who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and beyond. DeVos is the son to the cofounder of the well-known company called Amway, and he has had the privilege of inheriting his family’s business.
Dick DeVos’ Passions and Hobbies
Dick DeVos is an individual who loves aviation. He is a self-proclaimed aviation geek. He was named The Federal Aviation Administration Management Advisory Council, and in this role, DeVos will work as a senior management advisor. Devos will be giving his expert advise on spending, long-range planning, policy and regulatory matters. DeVos is dedicated to the success of the Grand Rapids airport; this airport is the home of deVos’ collection of aircrafts, and it is also the home of DeVos’ aviation charter school.
The Changes That Dick and Betsy DeVos are Making
Recently, www.crainsdetroit.com did an article about Dick and Betty DeVos. Dick and Betsy DeVos are both heirs to their families fortunes, and they have been able to use their wealth to improve the lives of millions of people in their hometown of Grand Rapids and around the world. The DeVos’ are huge donators to the GOP, and they have had a huge influence in changing state laws and policies that deal with labor and education.
What Are Some Of The Changes That They Helped To Create
Betsy DeVos is an individual who is dedicated to education reform. She was able to use her experience and influence to expand charter schools. Dick DeVos was able to implement the 2012 law that converted Michigan into a state where unions membership was no longer a condition to receiving employment. Previously, Michigan was the home of organized labor. Apart from working separately, Dick and Betty DeVos created the DeVos Family Foundation. This is a foundation that has given over $130 million to programs and funds that deal with Health and Human Services, education, art, and religion. Learn more: http://www.celebfamily.com/business/richard-devos-family.html
What is the biggest threat to the United States?
Among the many political issues that concern America at this time, there are none so urgent as the drive to end Citizen’s United. As the 2016 election clearly showed, big money in politics is still a powerhouse that can swing an election and subvert the will of the people. So long as corporations have the ability to spend without limits there will be no limit to how many politicians they can buy and how many policies they can shape in their favor. This cannot stand. It endangers the right to self-determination and puts the integrity of the political system in the utmost jeoparty.
The Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United was one of the biggest disasters in the history of American democracy. Wrongfully characterizing unlimited political funding as free speech, it promoted a fallacy based on another fallacy that “corporations are people.” It, in essence, legalized bribery and further corrupted a political system that was already disproportionately swayed by special interests and lobbyists. This disaster becomes more dire with every passing day, and big money continues its infiltration of government at the highest levels.
The current administration is bound and determined to only nominate future supreme court justices who are in lockstep with corporate interests and have a blind spot concerning the danger that big money poses to representative government in the United States. With a Republican majority in both houses, there is nothing to stop another corporate crony from being nominated and affirmed as each justice retires from the bench. In the next 8 years, 3 or 4 such justices may be nominated, assuring that the court will be in the pocket of the corporations for decades to come.
What can be done? Resistance is the aim of the upstart grassroots movement End Citizen’s United, a Political Action Committee (PAC) determined to fight fire with fire and take the same fundraising shenanigans that the Citizen’s United decision enables and use it to turn the tide against special interests and corporations by supporting candidates that favor overturning the decision
Year to date, End Citizen’s United already has accumulated a war chest of over 4 million dollars and counting. At the current pace of fundraising, the organization projects a $35 million fund to support the candidates who will fight against big money in politics and take the fight to the halls of congress. Money alone will not stop the threat of big money in politics, but the collective political action of End Citizen’s United is just the beginning of a resistance that will take back the nation for the average person and wrest the political system out of the hands of the corporations.