Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Senate just confirmed one of the least qualified of Donald Trump’s cabinet picks… and that’s really saying something. Betsy DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor and consistent enemy of public schools, is now our Secretary of Education.

Hundreds of thousands of people called their senators to urge a “no” vote, but she still passed Senate confirmation. How did that happen? It’s pretty simple. As much as Republican senators care about their constituents’ concerns, they care a lot more about their big campaign donors. And the DeVos family has donated $200 million to elect Republicans. (Whoa!)

When only two Senate Republicans can bring themselves to oppose such a clear violation of the public trust and an attack on our public schools, you know we’re slipping into oligarchic territory. That’s why we need a 50 state solution to rebuild the Democratic Party into a people's’ party and replace all of the establishment senators on both sides of the aisle.

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