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Betsy DeVos Voices Against Trump Administration to Ensure Protection of The Transgender Students

This Tuesday, it was reported that the Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions and the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had expressed their opposition to the recent draft ordinance that would overturn a previous instruction issued by President Obama towards the public schools and academic institutions. The draft from the Departments of Education and Justice, which was supposed to be sent to the public schools across the nation, intended to nullify the instruction, which allowed the transgender students to enter the bathrooms or locker rooms by their gender identity irrespective of their birth sex. Thus, the transgender students should be allowed to enter those rooms, by the aid of their acknowledged gender.

The Education Secretary was reported to express her disapproval towards overturning of this particular bill by the 44th President because of the lack of security for the transgender students. According to DeVos, the bill lacked the protection of the students, and thus her approval might affect the student’s support. Thus, it has been alleged that Betsy DeVos has expressed her discomfort with the decision and refrained from signing the letter, which is why the letter mentioned above was not issued. Read more on CNN for more info.

However, in the Tuesday session, the President thereafter requested DeVos to cooperate on the issue and drop off her objections unless she chooses to resign from her post. As a result, the Education secretary finally gave her consent and agreed to follow the decision of President Trump. The Wednesday press brief, witnessed the press secretary Sean Spicer completely denying the disagreement. He claimed that there has never been any dispute between the president and his ministers over the letter. He further claims that there has been merely a discussion, pertaining to the exact word of the agreement and the timing for issuing the ordinance.

The president is clear with his ideas and perceptions and made it crystal clear that he firmly believes that these matters must not be handled at the federal level. The draft is meant to clarify the policy and guidance for the students themselves, their parents as well as the administrative bodies of the academic institutions. The Education Secretary, Mrs. DeVos was hell bent upon insisting the educational institutions to ensure complete protection of the transgender students against all forms of harassments and disrespects because they are the ones who are always subjected to bullying. In her latest statement and Tweets, she clearly mentioned that the parents, communities and academic institutions must come together to protect the marginalized group of students and ensure them a healthy and safe environment. Even though the family of Betsy DeVos has been alleged to donate a part of their fortune to the conservative organizations and communities in the past, she has been highly praised by the media for her action and also won the appreciation of the student communities.

Betsy DeVos: The Apt Choice For United States Secretary of Education

It was not a surprise for me when I came to know that Betsy DeVos was nominated as the Secretary of Education by Donald Trump. Since she is known as an educational activist and philanthropist, she would find the new role as an opportunity to implement her policies during the tenure in the office. Throughout her career, Betsy was demanding for opening up education market to increase the quality of education and to give more choices to parents. I am well perceived by her view that current educational system in U.S. is a closed one and it leads to a monopoly. She is also a big supporter of school vouchers, the system that allows students to choose private institutions with public funding. I see that it will improve the total quality of education in both private sectors and public sector as the schools would compete for each other to lure more students. When she assumes the office, we can expect some revolutionary changes in American public education system.

Apart from that, she is also a proponent of charter schools system that allows public funding for schools that are not part of public school system. She is actively exhorting grading system for schools in the same way how the students are graded. We can strongly believe it as her another attempt to raise the quality of the education. I am sure that these efforts if properly executed, will make the education system more accountable and will improve the school performance. Throughout her career, she propelled for reformation in public school system, and now it is up to her to decide on things. She is a board member of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a think tank working on education reform that suggests education reforms to state. Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos established an annual scholarship named Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholars for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Scholarship, for BBA or four-year BBA/MBA students from Northwood University.

DeVos is also a businesswoman and a Republican Party member who is also involved in many non-profit works. She is the chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a private investment management firm that invests in manufacturing, technology, etc. DeVoses have set up Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation to make a transformation in education, arts, community, leadership and justice. She was also appointed as the board member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2014 by the then President George W. Bush. DeVos and her family came up with a new initiative in 2009 named ArtPrize, an international art competition program that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan every year. I see this as another great initiative by her considering the enthusiasm for the event is surging higher year after year.

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George Soros; Businessman, Investor and Political Activist

George Soros is a business man, investor and political activist with the heart and determination to make this country and the world a better place for all who live in it. Soros’s political donations are nothing new. His large donations are no longer surprising or shocking, but it is, at this point, expected to some degree, say associates and those close to Soros. He is passionate about political issues and is not timid to financially back and support the politician that encompasses his same beliefs. He wants to ensure that the right person is in office and leading this country to success.

The 85-year-old billionaire, who has made his fortune through currency trade, was recently enthralled in the political campaign for presidency between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. After taking a brief hiatus from large political donations since the presidential of campaign of 2004 where Soros was determined to defeat President George W. Bush, Soros once again joined the campaign trail.

Even though Soros financially supported Barack Obama during his presidency campaign against Clinton in 2008 on NY Times.com, he second guessed his initial decision. Soros believed that Clinton was the more promising candidate in this campaign for presidency. Soros believed in Hilary Clinton’s ability to lead this country, especially with issues dear to him like immigration and criminal reform.

Being Hungarian-born with personal experience of the Holocaust and Soviet Communism, Soros is a determined activist. His personal interactions with such issues fuels his actions to ensure a land that is fair and just.

While Soros was initially disappointed by the election results, he has not slowed down on his goals for the future of this country. He continues to push the issues that are important to him; immigration reform, criminal justice reform, and religious tolerance. Soros is focused on ensuring that his money is placed in areas and with issues that are worthy and meaningful.

US Shows Concern Over Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

With the uncertainty surrounding Venezuela at the moment, the Obama Administration has begun looking at ways to find out how to implement change in Venezuela without compromising the United States. US Secretary of state John Kerry recently announced during a meeting of the Organization of American States that the United States will support an OAS plan regarding a referendum of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
If the date of the referendum is postponed until next year, then Maduro’s vice president could be in position to succeed him, explained expert David Osio. It would also give Maduro’s followers more time to create a militia to withstand the leftist movement created by Hugo Chavez, the former Venezuelan dictator.

Kerry’s announcement could ease tensions between Maduro’s supporters on the left, and the opposition-controlled parliament. Some Venezuelans had talked about the potential for a civil war soon in the country. America is looking at ways to assist political change, without enhancing the reputation that the United States meddles too much, says Osio.

The OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro recently released a report on the status of Maduro’s regime, in which Almagro agreed with calls for a recall vote. Almagro also believes that the OAS should consider revoking Venezuela’s membership. Countries such as Mexico, and Argentina appear to be on the side of the OAS, while the United States has also shown support.

 

Rare Opening Up by Charles Koch About his Personal Life

Charles Koch was born on the 1st November 1935 to Mary and Fred Koch in Wichita, Kansas. He is one of American’s famous people and business person. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Koch Industries, a company that he co-owns with his brother David Koch. They inherited the business from their father, Fred Koch. Charles Koch is a hard working individual, and that is what has helped his grow the Koch Industries as one of America’s largest privately owned companies. He is one of the four sons of Fred Koch and has stood out as intelligent and hard working right from when he was young.

He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he studied general engineering, a discipline that his father also studies. He proceeded to do master’s degree in chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. After completing his studies. He briefly worked for Arthur D. Little Inc. and then joined his father company, which at the time was named Rock Island Oil and Refining Company. When he inherited the business and assumed the position of the company’s president, he renamed it to Koch Industries as a way of honoring his father. Aside being involved with the Koch Industries, he is a generous philanthropist and has given millions of donations for organizations that carry out research, policy development and educational projects. His interest in politics is in public domain. He has made several contributions to political campaigns and activities as well as libertarian and conservative movements.

Though one of the richest men, not only in the United States, that has successfully built a multi-billion empire and heading one of the largest privately held company in the United States, he does not like being in the public light. In a rare occurrence, he opened up about his personal life when ABC News visited him at his office at the Koch Industries headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. Apart from opening up about his personal life, he also talked about the values that have shaped his career and political activities.

In his office is a letter from his father that is framed on the wall. During the interview, he also talked about the letter, which is an outline by his father on how he and the three brothers should take care of the family business that he left them. The reflected on how the letter has helped him run the business. He also admitted that his father would be saddened by the feud that has split the siblings apart.

Additional Links:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/charles-koch-overcriminalization-115512

Koch Brothers and Allies must Make Tough Decisions on a Strategy to Prevent Trump’s Nomination

More than 500 wealthy billionaires supporting Republicans who met at the Southern California on February know they want a Republican in the White House this time around. However, the biggest question in the room was how to deal with the billionaire Donald Trump who have chosen to carry the banner of “make America great again”. The differences between Donald Trump, Koch Brothers, and their allies can clearly be seen because Trump did not attend the biannual Charles and David Koch’s conference.

However, it goes without saying that Donald Trump was in their minds at the seminar hosted by billionaire executives known for their role in the Republican politics and influence. Both David and Charles Koch have shaped the policies of the U.S. through financial endorsement using both direct and indirect methods via various networks and public policy organizations. Being strong supporters of the Republican Party, Koch brothers have made significant contributions that are meant to lobby the governments on a free society and expand their efforts against the government role in Healthcare and combating global warming.

In his interview with Financial Times, Charles Koch was saddened by the state of the Republican Party and the candidates seeking nomination and concentrated on the point that big money was losing influence on politics. He was particularly concerned about the policies of Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Charles Koch said in the interview that he thinks that Trumps idea to bar Muslims to enter the U.S. was clearly against America’s values. According to him, you do not defend the liberty of the people by upholding the freedom of the people you least like.

Charles Koch hinted that they were considering a war against Trump nomination. However, even as Koch Network plans a campaign against Trump, he sent a message to those who attended the conference wishing them good luck to the candidates they are supporting. Initially, Trump tried appeasing the Koch brothers and their allies through appointing Corey Lewandoski as his campaign manager. Lewandoski was a former employee of Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group owned by Koch brothers.

Koch Network’s strategy is not an easy one either considering the complexity of the campaign itself. If the Koch Network tries to fight against Trump, he may use their campaign as an advantage to convince people how the corrupt political system is trying to jeopardize his candidacy as an outsider. Any plans the Koch Network might have must be implemented carefully not to be an advantage to Trump campaign instead.

The Phenomenal Helane Morrison and Compliance Practice

The fact that risk and compliance officer are assuming bigger roles in corporate affairs isn’t a surprise at all. In recent decades, the practice of risk and compliance has grown tremendously and gained relevance. Every major enterprise has such a department within the organization structure.

 

Risk and compliance officers also perform an essential task. They preserve the integrity and transparency of organizations. Compliance practitioners also harmonize organizational goals with resources available especially the workforce who must work towards the shared objectives. Another important role is that of linking their organizations to the government and regulatory authorities.

 

Practitioners in this industry, therefore, have to keep up with loads of new information hence the need for knowledge sharing. The Risk and Compliance Journal was established for such purposes. It assists members and corporate executives to understand the dangers that threaten their organizations lead to stakeholder apathy. The Journal goes a step further into analyzing the risks that come with expansion into global markets as well as laws and regulations unique to every industry. It then stops after highlighting actions taken by other firms to comply with expected standards.

 

One of the most experienced figures in the practice of compliance and risk happens to be a phenomenal woman. Helane Morrison has dedicated her career to gathering knowledge and using it to provide practical solutions. She serves as the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Hall Capital investment bank. Her background in law also makes her assume the lead counsel role. Overall, the investment firm has also trusted her to take on the duties of a managing director.

 

Apparently a busy woman, Helane was always an active student in her early days. She did her first degree in Journalism at the Northwestern University. She then proceeded to the University of California for a law degree at the Berkeley School of Law. It’s worth noting that she rose to the position of Editor- in-Chief at the California Law Review at the same time.

 

Helane Morrison is a respected figure in the community. She serves as a board member of the Regional Parks Foundation. At the American Bar Association, she sits on the Hedge Fund Subcommittee. Helane also published articles, journals and seminar papers as part of knowledge sharing in addition to giving a public lecture on risk and compliance matters.

Learn more about Helane’s career on Crunchbase.

Charles Koch Finds Common Ground with Bernie Sanders

On the surface it would seem that Charles Koch and Bernie Sanders are from polar opposite points of view but according to a great op-ed he wrote for The Washington Post, Bernie Sanders has at least one positive belief. Both the political left and right seem to be unanimous in the idea that the buying and selling of politicians and their votes needs to be addressed in a real and vital manner. Koch wrote a heartfelt message about how the current economic practices in the United States is hurting every segment of our society except for a few corporations and their CEO’s that control many politicians through kick backs and campaign contributions.

Charles Koch is one of the richest men in the world. He is the CEO of Koch Industries which has been a major financial powerhouse in the United States for generations. He has become more involved in politics over the years and put a lot of financial support behind the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney in 2008. The loss soured him in the process until this year. Koch is a conservative and believes in less government and more individual freedom.

On the surface, this attitude might be quite a surprise coming from one of the most influential and richest people in the world. If you look at their history, both Charles and David Koch have long expressed their dislike of the “cronyism” and favoritism the current political system engenders. Koch has long railed against the seemingly obvious buying and selling of politicians and their votes. The federal system of government is tilted to benefit those who are rich and powerful and hurt the common citizen. This system doesn’t protect people, their jobs, the environment or even their liberty and freedom.

Koch also agrees with Bernie Sanders on the treatment of criminals involved in non-violent crimes. They both agree the government provides a system to discredit any person convicted of any crime. A poor person arrested for a minor marijuana possession, may go to jail, and have that on their record for life, limiting their job opportunities and access to some federal programs. Where a well connected person, can do the exact same thing and escape without any punishment at all. This obvious inconsistency is one of the inequalities that both Koch and Sanders stand united against.

There is no way that Bernie Sanders and Charles Koch will agree on much because their basic philosophies are much different. Koch maintains the basic belief that a smaller government is better for people, while Sanders believes in a government that is bigger and fully entrenched in the lives of its people. Yet there is hope that in at least some areas, both sides of the political process can be brought together and united on some issues.

Check out the original Washington Post article here.

Charles Koch: Finding Common Ground With Bernie Sanders

Recently, Charles Koch wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post. In the article, Koch explained that he and Bernie Sanders disagree on most topics to such an extent that it seems like Sanders is running a campaign against Koch rather than just the other candidates. Charles Koch went onto explain that Sanders often misrepresents him and his business’ stance on many issues.

However, in the article, Charles Koch said that he would prefer to find common ground and have positive debates. He wants Sanders to know that they do agree on at least one issue. The issue is about a government environment and a business climate that make it difficult for individuals to work hard and succeed. Charles Koch explained in the article that he actually agrees with him. Koch agrees that the system, both economic and political, are rigged for a few privileged individuals while everyone else suffers. Koch also agrees that many businesses are taking advantage of this system, while the individuals are not given the opportunities.

Koch agrees with Sanders in regards to all of this and he blames both businesses and government. Koch says that government picks policies that create winners and losers and this only continues the cycle of dependency and poverty in the U.S. But Koch admits that the reasons these policies have gone through is due to a big push from the business community.

Charles Koch was born in 1935 in Wichita, Kansas, which is where he still lives. Koch attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelors in General Engining, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and another Masters in Chemical Engineering. For a year after college, Koch worked fro Arthur D. Little, Inc and then he moved back to Kansas to work for his father’s Rock Island Oil and Refining Company.

Charles Koch is a big supporter of free-enterprise and libertarian advocacy and policy and looks to fund organizations that have similar views. Businessweek names him a top 50 American giver because of his 246 million dollars in donations between 2004 and 2008. His goal with this giving is to push forward free-market views. But Koch does not only give to other charities. He has also formed his own organizations. In 1977, he co-founded the Cato Institute and he is also on the board at the George Mason University think tank.