The Trump Administration is going to go down in history for a number of different reasons. Perhaps most of all, President Trump will be remembered and acknowledged for willingly bucking convention and turning away from establishment politics as usual. Part of President Trump’s promise to ‘drain the swamp’ entailed filling his cabinet with high-level professionals who would otherwise not have had a chance to work with the government. Betsy DeVos has spent her entire life working in the private sector to try and influence the state of education within the United States of America. Now, DeVos has a chance to render change throughout the entire United States as she was recently named the Secretary of Education and leader at the Department of Education.
Betsy DeVos will be taking up her position in the Department of Education with a ton of energy being expended to push against her. DeVos was narrowly confirmed by the Senate, requiring a tie-breaking vote to be cast by the Vice President, but she was still able to take office. DeVos was selected by President Trump to head the Department of Education thanks to her years of service trying to make conservative education reform a stalwart of the right’s political platform.
DeVos was born and raised in Michigan and it was there that she spent her formative years as an adult trying to sway the state of education in the country. Betsy DeVos ascribes to the same concepts that were made popular by Milton Friedman almost fifty years ago. Like Friedman, DeVos believes in the power of school choice and the freedoms that come along with it. Liberty and freedom from government intervention are the backbones of most conservative policies so it only makes sense that DeVos has been able to popularize the school choice movement.
Still, as a newcomer to the political machine, Betsy DeVos will need to be able to push back against the forces that will try to slow her down. Mike Cox is a former state AG and a prominent establishment Republican. Mr. Cox has known Betsy DeVos for a long time and he immediately came out to speak in support of her nomination and subsequent confirmation. Mike Cox pointed out how, in the realm of Michigan politics, Betsy DeVos managed to really put fear into her political rivals thanks to her ‘steely resolve’ and ability to push through any obstacles in order to stick to her ideals.
Betsy DeVos most importantly is a reformer and reformers in high-ranking political positions are known to get things done. Betsy DeVos has the mandate of the President at her back and she has the support of the Republican party behind her. Still, Betsy DeVos isn’t someone who plays politics for the fun of it. DeVos has shown time and again that she is willing to fight for what she believes in even if it goes against party lines. The complexion of DeVos’ life as a politician should bring many people on both sides of the political aisle some level of hope.
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