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According to PJ Media, after an all-night marathon by Senate Democrats holding the floor to protest the nomination of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos, Vice President, Mike Pence, was brought in to break a Senate tie and confirm President Trump’s cabinet pick for Secretary of Education.

Pence Breaks Senate Tie to Confirm Betsy DeVos

It was the first time the Senate historian could remember a vice president needing to break a tie on a cabinet confirmation. The 50-50 vote was the result of the promised “no” votes from Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Both of these senators have been referred to in the past as RINOs, Republican in name only. Susan Collins, Senator from Main, stated that she was troubled and surprised by Mrs. DeVos’ lack of familiarity with the landmark 1975 law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Senator Collins also said that she was concerned with Mrs. Devos’ lack of experience with public schools. Senator Murkowski, from Alaska, indicated that she was concerned about Betsy DeVos’ support for public schools, saying Trump’s pick has been “so involved in one side of the equation – s immersed in the push for vouchers – that she may be unaware of what actually is succesfull in the public schools, and what is broken, or how to fix them.

Now that Betsy DeVos has been confirmed by the Senate, here are seven lies, according to PJ Media that the Democrats have spread about the nation’s new Secretary of Education. 7 Desperate Liberal Lies About Trump’s Education Pick Betsy DeVos

  1. She’s against public education. USA Today senior political reporter, Heidi Przybyla, on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, declared that Betsy DeVos is very much against public education. The Washington Post’s, Valerie Strauss wrote a story entitled, “To Trump’s education pick, the U.S. public school system is a ‘dead end.’” Strauss bot her ammunition from a speech given by DeVos at South by Southwest in Texas in 2015 where Devos stated, “We are beneficiaries of start-ups, ventures, and innovation in every other area of life, but we don’t have that in education because it’s a closed system, a closed industry, a closed market, a monopoly, a dead end.” However, according to PJ Media, DeVos wasn’t condemning the U.S. education system, she was supporting reforms to being in more choice. Per Ed Patru, spokesman for Friends of Betsy DeVos, Strauss knew full well that Betsy doesn’t believe public schools are a dead end, but she ran the headline anyway. Patru further indicated that Strauss took a quote, divorced it from context, and then labeled Betsy an opponent of public education. Patru continued to indicated in the PJ Media article that DeVos does not push for school choice in the thousands of school districts across the country where public schools are doing a great job.
  2. She’s got an unfair donor advantage. The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer wrote an expose’ about Betsy DeVos, labeling her “Trump’s Big-Donor Education Secretary.” Mayer used DeVos’ record of contributing heavily to conservative causes to attack Trump, whose campaign attacked “the donor class” during the election. DeVos is, indeed, a big donor and has been attacked on that score for quite a while. “I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence,” she wrote in a 1997 article for Roll Call. “Now, I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.
  3. She’s against all regulation. The New York Times’ Katie Zernike painted DeVos as an anti-regulation extremist. “A believer in a freer market than even some free market economists would endorse, Ms. DeVos pushed back on any regulation as too much regulation. Charter schools should be allowed to operate as they wish,” Zernike wrote. This was an organized labor talking point verbatim, Patru told PJ Media. Patru further indicated that Ms. Zernike’s story was well-reported but completely one-sided because it made no attempt to understand or explain shy Ms. DeVos opposed a labor supported plan to create a third bureaucracy overseeing charter schools in Detroit. What Ms. DeVos opposed, Patru explained, wasn’t oversight itself, but rather a double standard for public and charter schools: It wasn’t because Betsy was opposed to oversight, it was because Betsy was opposed to imposing additional oversight on charters while Detroit public schools have none. One hundred charter schools have closed in Michigan, but not a single traditional public school has closed.
  4. She’s an elitist. The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead, after noting that DeVos has no ties to Putin and has not actively called for the dismantling of the department she was chose to lead, went on to suggest that her history made her unqualified to run the department. “Devos has never taught in a public school, never administered one, nor sent her children to one.” Patru replied, “Neither Obama, nor Hillary were ever said to be unqualified to lead on education issues, despite the fact that they both sent their kids to private school and never seriously considered enrolling their kids in DC public schools. In 2015, Obama Education Secretary Arne Duncan pulled his children out of public school and put them in private school. Education Secretary, John B. King, the last in the Obama administration credited his public school teachers with his success, but even he is a proponent of charter schools and helped to found one. Does this make him an unqualified elitist?
  5. She’s a racist. Of course, no one on the left when trashing someone on the right leaves out the racist accusation whether or not it’s a valid accusation. Plus, liberals make up the definition or racism as they go along to whatever suits their needs of the moment. The New York Times’ Katie Zernike quoted Tonya Allen, president of the Detroit non-profit, Skillman Foundation as follows: “If she was showing herself present in places and learning from the practitioners, that’s a fine combination, but Betsy never showed up in Detroit. She was eager to impose experimentation on students that she has not spent time with and children that she does not have consequence for.” Patru indicated that this was an obvious insinuation that DeVos is racist, considering lack children unworthy of her care. Patru further indicated that while this racial line of attack has not been explicit, it could not be further from the truth, and pointed out the broad base of support she has earned among African Americans, urban Democrats, Latinos, and other minorities because of her work in promoting educational equality.
  6. She is a religious extremist. This is another standard attack by liberals regarding those they hate. Shortly after then President-elect Trump announced DeVos as his education pick, liberals launched a coordinated attack branding her as a religious extremist. The ACLU of Michigan said her support for school vouchers perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state, because vouchers allow parents to choose religious schools. The head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued that DeVos fought to divert resources away from public schools into private, mostly religious institutions, adding that she is the leader of the crusade to create school vouchers across the country. Other journalists joined in this attach. Katherine Stewart of The New York Times thought it necessary to roll out a 30-year quote from a pastor distantly related to Mrs. Devos. And she even described DeVos as a member of a fringe religious group aiming to enforce “biblical laws” and replace public schools with all-religious schools, an obvious ridiculous statement. Patru further indicated that Betsy has never and will never attempt to impose her personal beliefs on anyone. To the contrary, she has been an outspoken advocate for empowering parents to choose how their children are educated.
  7. She supports child labor. After DeVos was chosen by trump, Alana Horowitz Satlin, assignment editor at the Huffington Post, breathlessly informed Americans of a horrible secret: Group Funded by Trump’s Education Secretary Pick, “Bring back child labor.” It seems as though Satlin was terrified that DeVos would put kids back in the coal mines and the 19th century factories. There were lots of problems with this narrative. First, it was never even DeVos making the argument. While she was an Acton Institute board member for ten years, and her family’s foundation had donated money to the group, the article arguing for child labor was written by Joseph Sunde, a project coordinator at the Acton Institute. Furthermore, Sunde was arguing that teenagers should be more able and probably encouraged to work a few hours a week at at fast-food restaurant or grocery store.

The fact that all liberals, including the teachers’ unions hate Betsy DeVos is a good thing in her favor. Furthermore, I agree with her statement that there have been major innovations in most occupations and institutions except public education, due, in part, to the teachers’ unions who don’t want any changes in innovation, technology, etc in the classroom. I believe if most had their way, they would still be working out of the old teacher grade books, averaging grades using a hand-held calculator, and filling out report cards by hand. Of course, they would still “bitch” about all the work they had to do and somehow blame those of us who work just has hard, if not harder in the private sector, for not wanting to pay extra taxes for their raises.

Most of us, in our chosen fields, have had to undergo changes. Sometimes we resisted, only to determine later that the changes were good things. Sometimes we resisted and the change was not a good thing. But bottom line, we had to accept those changes whether we want to or not.

Teachers are always holding themselves out to be morally and intellectually superior to the rest of us, and to be unsympathetic to the plight of teachers is tantamount to pulling Santa Claus’ beard. However, the foul language and hate that they have shown toward conservatives who support Betsy DeVos is almost unmatched to the vitriol that I see every day on social media from the left. Public school teachers, especially those who espouse teachers’ unions are neither morally or intellectually superior to the rest of us. In fact, just the opposite is true.

A special thanks to PJ Media for much of the information contained in this article.



The following is a continuation of my September 2, 2016 article about the San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick who refuses to stand while the national anthem is played before San Francisco football games. Some of the following is re-hash, but I’ve also injected new areas of thought.

There’s several pieces to the Colin Kaepernick saga. First of all, he does have the right to sit or kneel while the national anthem is played before San Francisco 49ers football games. Plus everyone else has a right to their opinion about it. Colin is employed by the San Francisco 49ers organization and while he is acting in the course and scope of his employment by San Francisco, he has to do what they say. As his employer, the 49ers’ organization, in my opinion, should tell him to stand. If he doesn’t, he’s out the door. But the NFL and its associated teams have become very leftist over the years, and I guess it didn’t occur to them to just simply tell Mr. Kaepernick, “Yes, you will stand for the national anthem.” But neither the NFL nor the San Francisco 49ers are going to tell him that. So, we’re moving on.

When CK says that American is a nation that oppresses blacks and other people of color, my initial thoughts were just how is happening. Civil Rights legislation was passed in 1964. Subsequently, there was the implementation of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the mid-sixties, where we were told that for a few dollars more a month from taxpayers, we would be able to eradicate poverty among blacks as well as whites. Following the implementation of the Great Society, Affirmative Action legislation was passed and programs were implemented whereby blacks had the opportunity to achieve at the same level as whites without meeting the same requirements as whites. In the late seventies, under the Carter administration, the Community Reinvestment Act was passed which basically allowed banks to lend money to buy houses to people who were not financially able to qualify for a loan to purchase a home. This allowed many blacks to obtain loans to purchase homes.

But wait, these programs haven’t worked. These programs have done nothing to help blacks and other people of color. Instead it could be said that these programs have oppressed blacks and other people of color. Maybe Colin Kaepernick has a point. But I don’t think this is what he and other liberals meant. The above programs plus the rise to power and prominence of teachers’ unions in this country have all contributed to the increased crime rates, increased poverty rates, the dissolution of the nuclear family, and the failing schools which are all prevalent in the black community.

In the second decade of the 21st century, over a half century since Civil Rights legislation was passed and signed into law, terms like “black community” shouldn’t exist except for historical documentation purposes.

One of the programs I cited as detrimental to blacks and other people of color is Affirmative Action, according to the conservative website, Wing Nut Gal, in an article dated October 29, 2014, “Affirmative action is one of the most racist and bigoted practices in the United States of America today. It says to minorities that you’re not good enough to make it in the “white man’s world.” You’re inferior. And because you’re inferior, we’re going to help you because we’re your friends.”  To read the entire article visit The Racist, Bigoted Policy of Affirmative Action.

In the next few days, I will be examining other policies, birthed by liberals that are serving to oppress blacks and other people of color. And you know something, these policies aren’t helping us white folks out much either.



Depending on whose reading this post, I may ruffle some feathers, but I don’t care. I guess Donald Trump has emboldened me to say what I think, no holds barred, and no apologizes. So, here goes.

Day before Yesterday a story surfaced that Ohio Governor and Republican candidate for President, John Kasich wants to abolish teachers’ lounges. His reasoning is that teachers won’t have a place to go and talk about their problems.

Well, I totally disagree with Governor Kasich, I think teachers’ lounges should be expanded and open 24/7, so they can gripe till their heart’s content. That way, I don’t have to listen to them. I know several public school teachers and I have never heard one of them say that they liked their job. All they do is gripe about how hard they have to work, how they’re underpaid, etc.

In my career, there have been times when I was underpaid. I’ve always had to work hard and throughout a good portion of my career to date, it was normal to work Monday through Saturday and a half-day on Sunday. Of course, now that I’m a small business owner, there’s no such thing as being off. When I’m not eating, sleeping, or doing necessary personal stuff such as grocery shopping and getting my nails and hair done, I’m working. I might have expressed some occasional frustration at having to work so much, but I know I didn’t continually complain like most school teachers do about having to work hard. If I was with one or more school teachers, there was no way anyone but them could complain because they monopolized the conversation with their gripes. No one else could get a work in edgewise.

One time, I was having lunch with a group of people. This was shortly after a new school year had begun. Someone asked the teacher at the table how school was. We then had to hear a litany of how hard she was having to work and how budget cuts had affected the classroom and she was having to use her own money to buy supplies. H-E-L-L-O! I was in a job for about ten years where I had to spend from $500 to $1,000 of my own money yearly for supplies, reference materials, and continuing education. I traveled extensively during this period, and because the company was so cheap, I often times didn’t turn in certain expenses. I almost never turned in tips. If I decided to go to a nice restaurant for a nice dinner, I wouldn’t turn in the full amount. I never quite had enough, though, to deduct on my tax return.

They gripe about being underpaid. Well, it’s not exactly breaking news that school teachers’ salaries are not generous. You knew that when you went into the profession. They grip about being underfunded. Well, I have news for them. A lot of budgets out there, not just education budgets are skimpy. They gripe about having to spend their own money in the classroom. Well, so do I. See my above comments.

Years ago, when I was very underpaid, I told a teacher that I did make a little more money than she did, but it was just that, a little more. And it was. I worked an average of 55 to 60 hours a week, received ten vacation days and seven holidays.

Furthermore, after five or so years, most teachers have what is called “tenure.” In other words, they can’t be let go from their job except for certain types of mis-conduct and then it’s a big thing. In the private sector, one can be let go at the drop of a hat and the company, in most states, is not required to give you a reason. I will clarify by saying that firing someone and not giving them a reason why they were fired is rare. A company doing this on a regular basis is sure to get a reputation and will not attract the best and the brightest people.

A school teacher friend and I were driving back from the beach one Sunday afternoon in the summer and this school teacher friend said to me, “Nancy, you have a perfect job, don’t you?” I let it all out in about a thirty minute diatribe. This poor teacher was cowering and said, “I had no idea, because you never talk about work.”

“That’s right,” I said. “I keep my professional and private lives separate. When I’m away from the job, I really don’t want to be reminded of it. I want to forget about my problems at work. I have no desire to gripe about my job to friends.” After this, she was careful about griping about her job, especially in front of me. But, you could tell that she wanted to.

I had one school teacher friend tell me that she would like to have a job where she didn’t have to take work home. This was in the early nineties, before logging in and working from home because common place. I promptly told her that while I can’t bring company documents home and work on them, it was rare for me to leave work at quitting time. And most weekends, unless I had something else to do, I was in the office working.

One teacher friend of mine replied “well it must be nice” when I took a day, a day of vacation in September after she had just started back to school after summer break. I was very busy that year and was doing a lot of very stressful business travel. I also purchased my house that year and was studying hard to get a professional certification. Up until that September day of vacation, I had only taken two days of vacation and that was to deal with purchasing the house and moving. So that one measly day of vacation was the first I had taken all year where I actually relaxed and did some stuff for me. This particular teacher had just returned to work after having two months off and she makes a smart-ass comment about me taking a day of vacation. Sheesh.
Yeah, I’ve unloaded on school teachers. And while I do acknowledge that they face difficulties in their professions, the rest of us do also. No school teacher I’ve known has ever asked me how my day was, how my week was, or how my job was going. However, they insist on monopolizing every conversation with their griping. Then they wonder why folks don’t like them.

It looks as though Governor Kasich’s comments may be soon forgotten about. Of course, the teachers’ unions won’t forget about them. Like I said, I don’t agree with Governor Kasich. I think they ought to be expanded where hopefully the teachers will stay in them and gripe till they can’t gripe any more, if that’s possible.



Since I created this blog, I’ve written on many political topics: the economy, foreign policy, business, ideology, liberal v. conservative, etc. However, I have written very little on the state of public education.

While I’m not an expert on public education, I have observed many things over the years and I hate to say it, but I feel like there’s a lot that’s negative about public education. I do have a lot of friends who are teachers in various public school systems, most of them elementary and secondary. Most of them are liberal; most, but not all. Of course, I have more differences with my teacher friends who are liberal.

I had a teacher friend, a couple of years ago, to comment that teachers were hated by so many people. I told my friend that the word hate was a strong word and I don’t know that people hate teachers, but I do know that many people do have some problems with today’s school teachers. I further indicated to my friend that there were two main reasons why teachers might not be liked among the outside world.

1. Teachers’ Unions: Alabama is not a union-friendly state and a lot of folks just don’t like the AEA, the NEA, or other teachers’ unions. They have a bad perception of them.
2. All teachers do is gripe. Every teacher I know gripes about how much work he or she has to do. I know it’s a lot of work and a lot of responsibility, but so are our jobs. I’ve worked very hard throughout my career, still do, and don’t see any end in sight. I do get tired of the attitude that school teachers are the only ones who ever had to hit a lick at a snake.

I was right, my teacher friend didn’t like what I had to say at all. In fact, she pouted about it.

A number of years ago, another teacher friend of mine and I went to the beach for a weekend. This was in the summertime, so my friend wasn’t working, but I was. On the drive home, she said to me, “Nancy, you have a perfect job, don’t you?” I was driving and almost wrecked the car. Then I unloaded on her for about thirty minutes about the problems I had at work.

She replied, “I had no idea how you felt. You never say anything.” Then she asked me if I had someone that I called at night and shared my day with.
“Not only no, but HELL NO! Why would I want to re-hash my day and why would anyone in their right mind want to listen to me?”
After that, she toned down her griping about her job.

Every time a new innovation is education is implemented, public school teachers gripe about it and say it’s not good and they do site some points. They’re against home schooling, charter schools, school vouchers, and just about anything that deviates from the old standard of a teacher with a class of students.

I can appreciate that. No one likes change, especially in their job. When you’re told that there will be changes in your company, changes in your department, changes in management, changes in employee evaluation methods, you cringe. I cringe. Most of the time, we’re not going to like the change and we’re not going to come out for the better. Again, I can see why teachers resist alternative education methods. They’re human, they don’t like change, any more than I do.

A bill that would allow charter schools in Alabama has just been signed into law by Alabama’s governor. Of course the public school teachers are out there squawking. There is a provision in the law that would allow someone without a teacher’s certificate to come in and teach. If I had taken all those courses and was certified, I wouldn’t like someone coming in who was not certified. I’ve had to deal with similar situations in my career and it can be humiliating.

I’ve also heard public school teachers say that charter schools are just an avenue for the members of the chartering organization to make money. Of course, that’s typical for a liberal to say, since most school teachers are liberals and liberals don’t want any of us to make money.
To the public school teachers out there; if you’re a proponent of the “one size fits all” type of school; that’s changing. And you’re going to have to accept that things are changing. We’ve all had to do it. There have been times when I’ve “sucked it up” and dealt with the change. However, most recently, I decided that I couldn’t endure the changes and left my company and started my own business. Remember the old one room school? What if the teachers had said “no” way back when?

As one gets older, it’s harder to adapt to change. I can remember when I was younger and those much older than me resisted change, particularly when it came to computers taking over everything. I heard so much griping and teeth-gnashing that I made a vow not to sound like an old fogey when I started getting older and things were changing that I didn’t like. Have I done what I said I was going to do? Most of the time; yes. Although, I do catch myself sometimes complaining. And when I do, I try to pull back.

Many school teachers began their careers when they are in their early twenties and remain a teacher until they choose to retire. In Alabama, you can retire after twenty-five years. There is no job that doesn’t change in that period of time. Even ditch digging and janitorial jobs are subject to change over long periods of time.

While people should speak up when they don’t like something, if you’re constantly dissing changes and new ideas, you’re going to be labeled an old fogey. If you start getting shrill and emotional, accusing people who don’t agree with you that they don’t care about education, you’re doing what all liberals do when conservatives are attempting to have a discussion with you. In fact, you’re doing what typical liberals do. So, I guess there’s no point in trying to have a discussion with you about anything.



As some of us will remember, almost a year ago, the United Auto Workers was dealt a stinging blow when a majority of the employees at a Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against establishing a union. The loss came after plant management welcomed the union into the plant for the purpose of promoting membership in the United Auto Workers Union. Needless to say, the pro-union far left was devastated and blamed the Republican politicians who didn’t support the unionization of the plant.

According to an article in dailysignal.com on January 23, union membership rate falls to a 100 year low. The Daily Signal goes on to indicate that union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades, although it grew slightly in 2008.
The liberals/Democrats were beside themselves when the workers voted down unionization. Of course, they blamed the Republicans and George W. Bush. They also trashed the southern state of Tennessee, calling the good people of Tennessee lots of unflattering names.

Now why wouldn’t anyone want to join a union? Usually union-scale wages are higher, you get better benefits, and when the union contract is up, you might get a couple of days off should the members go on strike. You get to “cut up” a bit and say bad things about your superiors without fear of losing you job.

At one time, unions were a good thing. People were working sixteen hours a day, seven days a week, and making a dollar a day. There were no child labor laws and worker safety wasn’t a factor. If a worker got hurt on the job and was unable to work again, he was let go and lost any earning capacity. If a worker was killed on the job, no benefits were paid to his family and the family lost a wage earner.

Unions came in and changed all of that making mobility between classes possible. When unions were first established, a large majority of workers were illiterate and not capable of communicating with management. Besides, management had no obligations workers and would just fire a worker if he or she complained.

I really believe that a major factor in the decline of union membership is the rise in public education. Up until I’d guess, the mid-seventies, there were workers who were not able to read, write, and do simple math. In other words, they never went to school and were illiterate. These folks were pretty much destined to be manual laborers. Any kind of upward mobility was very, very limited for these individuals. As a result, these individuals did really need someone to represent them and make sure they were being paid adequately for the work they were doing, and were receiving other benefits that would allow them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With the forty hour work week, the folks had free time on their hands to enjoy. The money they were making and the benefits they were receive compliments of the union, allowed them to purchase automobiles, telephones, televisions, radios, etc. They were also able to take vacations.

Now, children must enroll in school or be home-schooled until the age of sixteen. As folks are required to have more education, upward mobility between social classes and the workplace is more common. If a person gets an education and works hard, chances are that person will succeed in life.

I’ve never been employed in a place where there was union presence, but I do know that the presence of a union in the modern day workplace, more often than not, drives a wedge between management and non-management employees. Plus, there are so many tacky rules to follow.

My mother spent almost all of her career working for the Cullman Electric Co-operative. The Co-op purchased electricity from the TVA and sold it to its members. For the Cullman Electric Co-operative, its members were those who resided in rural Cullman County, Alabama. The Co-op was a small to medium company in a smaller town.

Whenever there was inclement weather in the area and power outages were occurring, the manager, the late Claude E. Wood, always worked the radio because he wanted to do it and be a part of getting the power back on to the members. With Mr. Wood, working the radio, this would free up a few extra linemen to facilitate the efforts.

Shortly before Mama retired, the union came in and made their pitch to the employees who voted to go union. Mama, being management, was against the union coming in and felt that it would ruin a really good place to work. After the union took over, Mr. Wood was not allowed to work the radio anymore. Others who didn’t regularly work as linemen, but would do so when the weather was bad, were also prohibited from working on the lines. Only linemen could work on the lines to restore power.

The higher educated worker coming into the workplace and having aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder, wants to work and work hard. Also, he or she wants to be friendly with managers and let the managers know they’re willing to do what it takes to get ahead. They don’t want to deal with that wedge and they don’t want to be squelched by a bunch of union rules. Also, with folks more educated now than they were in the middle of the twentieth century, they are better able to communicate with their superiors and if they have a problem, would prefer to talk to their manager directly than have to go through a grievance committee. Also, it is likely that most, if not all of the managers, once worked on the plant floor and could better identify with the employee.

In the case of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, the workers were aware of the differences in the non-union plants and the union plants. The non-union plants were always clean as a whistle and there was a family-like atmosphere. Employees cared for one another. Union plants were almost always filthy and there was friction between workers and management. Two good examples were the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama and the Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama.

It’s ironic to me that the teachers’ unions push getting an education, but lean very left. They think that solutions to their problems would be resolved by just pouring money on the problem and getting that money from the rich. They resent the rich and even resent middle class folks who are working hard and becoming successful. So, let’s see…you should get an education in the public schools, but when you do and you work hard and become successful and start voting Republican, we’re going to turn on you and come after your money.