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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-09-06 04:07 PM
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Voucher issue resurfaces (DeVoses funded 2000 voucher drive)
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Edited on Sun Jul-09-06 04:15 PM by ih8thegop
I saw two excellent things on Michigan Liberal today: a post about the meetup Nancy Skinner is expected to attend (with mention of DU and a link to Sharon's post), and a thorough discussion of Dick and Betsy DeVos's support of vouchers, which led to Michigan voters soundly defeating his voucher proposal (and, some say, led to Gore and Stabenow winning in Michigan) in 2000.

Too bad I'm only allowed to post a few paragraphs of it. You should check it out in its entrirety.

The headline story of the Grand Rapids Press this morning puts the voucher issue back in the spotlight and shows how the DeVos family has funded these initiatives here in Michigan and across the country to the tune of millions of dollars. DeVos is saying one thing to the voters, but his money speaks the truth on what his intentions really are. Go read for a breakdown of the the river of funding on this issue here and elsewhere.

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In the Heritage Speech, Dick lays out the plan- punishment for the nay-sayers and general secrecy on the goal. More evidence that Dick threatens retaliation against fellow Republicans and anyone else that won't follow his wishes.

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"We need to be cautious about talking too much about these activities, and the political work that needs to go on will go on at the grassroots, it will go on quietly and it will go on in the form that politics is done, one person at a time speaking to another person in privacy," DeVos said at the time.

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One thing is for sure- it will be hard to be a Republican under a DeVos administration. Dick seems more than willing to use threats to get his way, perhaps even at the expense of sacrificing someone else's career. It would be difficult to face your constituents after being forced to bow to his wishes on wildly unpopular ideas.


If I were Mark Brewer or Jennifer Granholm, I'd center the campaign around DeVos's support of vouchers and his cutting of Michigan jobs while investing in Communist China (in addition to that which Granholm has done in spite of the Republican legislature).
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