What is with Betsy DeVos’s Nazi budget for the Department of Education?

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to cut funds for Special Education and Poor Students

The Budget ideas unveiled by Administration in the last couple of weeks has revealed an appetite for cutting programs that benefit our most vulnerable whether it is reductions in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Food Stamps. It has also unveiled plans to cut off the Affordable Care Act by siding with the opinion of a Texas Judge and cutting off disaster aid to Puerto Rico. 

It is a Nazi budget where programs for the strong like tax cuts for the wealthy are championed and those for the vulnerable (and in some cases, nonwhite) are shunned.

This Nazi attitude is greatly exhibited in the Department of Education budget where many programs for poor and special education children are either reduced or just maintained. Among these budget proposals is the reduction in Pell Grant aid, the elimination of federal funding for the Special Olympics and grants to help special education students, including those who are blind.

What the Hell is this?

When testifying before a House Subcommittee on March 26, Secretary DeVos said: “that difficult decision had to be made.” One Representative, Barbara Lee said that “I still can’t understand why you would go after disabled children in your budget.” Another Representative Mark Pocan had to tell the Secretary the number of special education children that participate in the Special Olympics.

What kind of country is this when its government cuts funding for our most vulnerable citizens? How do you finance tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting funds for blind children? How do cut back on aid to the poor (reducing Medicaid and Pell Grants) and budget more for defense when this nation already spends as much as the next seven nations combined? How do you eliminate funding for the Special Olympics when you cut the Estate Tax for millionaires and billionaires like Secretary DeVos and her family?

The Congress needs to put a stop to the Nazi budget of the Devos Department of Education and the KKK endorsed candidate’s overall. The federal, like state, and local budgets should prioritize aid and opportunities towards our most vulnerable not giving sugar candy (tax cuts) to those who do not need it.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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  1. When the Republicans had the control of both the House and Senate, DeVos’s budget never survived. With the Democrats in charge of the House there’s zero percent change of this budget going through. Really it’s not worth even having this much discussion about it, except to illustrate the contempt this administration has from the most vulnerable among us, and the regard they have for only the richest interests

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