Education Secretary DeVos Is a Robber Baron. Here’s Why.

So this is interesting, Betsy DeVos is getting sued. Rather, the Department of Education, under Devos’ iffy leadership, is being sued.

Why? Basically because DeVos is refusing to do her job. She is sitting on a growing backlog of student loan forgiveness requests which are being made on the basis of the colleges not providing the services they promised. Since DeVos won’t look at the claims, the defrauded students have brought a suit to force action.

I’ve written about DeVos before. Granted I can’t be sure what goes on inside her head, but I’ve given her a certain amount of credit as being, as far as I could tell, genuinely well-meaning. Ill-informed and very, very dangerous, mind you, but well-meaning.

She’s the least popular member of a loathsome cabinet and greeted by protests everywhere she goes. But I believed she thought she was doing the right thing–with school vouchers, charter and private schools, and the rest of the privatization agenda.

Then she started making life easier for rapists. Granted this was a whole month before Weinstein opened the floodgates and she may not have been aware just how pervasive the problem of sexual harassment and assault are. But there comes a time when being ignorant and shooting from the hip isn’t much of an excuse when people are getting hurt along the way.

DeVos didn’t seem to care enough to really look at the data or the arguments behind the Obame-era campus sexual assault policy before eliminating it. So that suggests whether or not college students are protected isn’t that high up on her priority list. And I don’t see her restoring those protections in the recent outpouring of women speaking out.

Now DeVos is making things easier for fraudulent colleges. DeVos has been rolling back regulations of for-profit colleges for some time now. These regulations were put in place to prevent fraudulent educational programs (you know, like Trump University) from springing up, and to prevent existing for-profit colleges from committing the more egregious types of fraud.

And you know, I’m having a hard time continuing to give DeVos’ intentions the benefit of the doubt. Because I think she has to be aware that deregulation, as a rule, helps those with the resources and moral turpitude to hit a new low and keep on digging. It helps billionaires like Donald Trump who pay lawyers and business experts to figure out a plan to make a fake college and rip people off and then write a check to settle a lawsuit that is still less than the profit you made. And ultimately everybody else ends up paying for it, because fraudster businesspeople and corporations damage society and leave it to the 99% to absorb and repair the damage.

Yes, I think DeVos understands that every time regulations are loosened the equity gap widens and the 1% get richer. And I’ve come to that conclusion because of the student lawsuit I described at the beginning of this article. What other secretary of education would refuse to even let her department look at claims against these fraudulent colleges? Does she really think “let the buyer beware” is a good policy for student-loan funded education? No one could be that dense.

No, the secretary knows exactly what she’s doing. Devos’ family won big in a rigged system and her way of keeping the system rigged is using a bought-and-paid for political appointment to hurt consumers and citizens and protect lying and cheating corporations and robber baron executives. It’s the robber baron creed: deregulate, lie, cheat, and steal anything that isn’t nailed down. Keep those protests coming. Let’s make it as difficult for her as possible until we can get her to be fired or quit.

Photo credit: US Dept of Education

44 comments

Kathryn I
Kathryn I21 days ago

Noted - Thanks

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I23 days ago

Joan E, Trump appointed the incompetent idiot, Betsy DeVos, as Education Secretary. DUH...

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Carl R
Carl R24 days ago

Thanks!!!~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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Carl R
Carl R24 days ago

Thanks!!!~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cABVKIPk_u0

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Joan E
Joan E25 days ago

If you're looking for the worst people in America, they all have connections to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

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Ruth S
Ruth S25 days ago

Thanks.

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Richard A
Richard A26 days ago

Another corrupt, inept, stain of the fabric of the USA. These cabinet members are like bookends.

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I26 days ago

Betsy DeVos is yet another Republican incompetent, who is unfit to hold any Office of "Education Secretary."

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Lisa M
Lisa M26 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M26 days ago

Noted.

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