George Soros Returns, Sets Sights on a Progressive America

The return of billionaire philanthropist and progressive George Soros could pay huge dividends in the massive political battle that is shaping up for years to come. George Soros rose to prominence in the early ’00s when he backed Al Gore in his run for President against incumbent George W. Bush. While Gore did not win the election Soros quickly established himself as one of the more important liberal mega donors in the political game. Soros has mostly been keeping out of the spotlight over the past couple of years, focusing mainly on his philanthropic foundation — the Open Society Foundations, but now the man has back and he is back with a vengeance.

The big difference between progressives and conservatives in the American political game is that the majority of billionaires work hand in hand with conservative politicians, case in point = the Koch Brothers. George Soros bucks that trend because he puts all of his money toward embracing progressive values, social justice, democratic ideals, and education. As a result Soros has become the ultimate boogeyman for the conservative right. Soros had been disenfranchised by the prevalence of big money in politics but the rise of Donald Trump as a Presidential candidate (and eventual President) would give Soros just enough pause to re-enter the game. Soros and Trump were completely at odds with one another in the 2016 election campaign and it is easy to see why.

Soros returned in order to support Hillary Clinton in her run up as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Soros personally donated $8 million in order to boost up Clinton’s numbers as she sought to keep up with Trump’s Koch Brother fueled campaign. Soros would also donate big money to progressive candidates all around the United States, hoping to steal some seats anywhere that it was possible. Michael Vachon, the personal political adviser to George Soros, says that his client returned due to the sheer vitriol in the political climate and just how high the stakes were. Donald Trump stands for everything that Soros has spent his entire life fighting against. Read his profile at Business Insider.

If you know George Soros’ backstory then you are likely familiar with the fact that he grew up during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. Soros saw firsthand what terrible people with a ton of power could do. This led Soros to start the Open Society Foundation once he found his way to wealth. This foundation has been instrumental in funding grassroots activism all over the world, including Ferguson, MO. Soros helped to fund the Ferguson Protests that shed so much light on police brutality and systemic racism in the police force. Soros’ return likely means a boon for these causes, as well. Read more about George‚Äôs life story at biography.com.

Dick DeVos: Bettering Lives Of Those Less Fortunate

Many people make local and national headlines every day. One family that haas been seeing an increase in headlines is the DeVos family. This increase in headlines is due to the recent Presidential Cabinet nomination of Betsy DeVos. One DeVos particular to these headlines is Betsy’s husband, Dick DeVos.

 

The most recent article to highlight the couple was published in January on the MLive website. It went into detail the current scrutiny that the couple has been under since the nomination. In particular, the couple’s charitable contributions have been greatly discussed.

 

According to the article, the DeVoses have given a considerable amount of money over the years to the Republican party. However, these contributions are overshadowed by the staggering amount of money that has been given by this family to the education system in the state of Michigan.

 

The article also briefly discussed the couple’s views on the education reform that they feel needs to happen across America. This reform is quite similar to the plans they have helped implement in Michigan. Some of their ideas include parental right to choose which school their children attend, instead of the strict boundaries that are currently in place. The couple are also supporters of the school voucher system. The voucher system allows parents to insure the schools their children attend receive the allocated government funds for their children’s education.

 

I think the DeVos family is a great choice for our education system. Dick DeVos went to public school himself. He seen first hand how some schools receive more funding than others. He has also sat on several school boards and even the Michigan State Board of Education. Mr. DeVos has also started an Education Freedom Fund which helps low income children earn scholarships for bettering their education. He also started an Aviation Academy for high school students.

 

In fact, the DeVos’ dedication to bettering the education system doesn’t stop their. The latest information to come to light, thanks to the recent nomination of Mrs. DeVos, shows that the couple contribute a huge amount of money every year to education. This amount is in excessive of over a quarter of their annual contributions. I personally think The DeVos family is one of the best advocates for educational reform in the country. They have devoted their lives and millions of dollars to Michigan’s education system alone.

 

Dick DeVos has held many other positions, besides in the education sector. He has also spent many years working for the family business, Amway. Mr. DeVos was also President and CEO of the Orlando Magic team for a few years. Mr. DeVos has also been an advocate of healthcare reform and restoring neighborhoods that are on a decline.