Dick DeVos And The Great Things He And His Wife Have Done For Grand Rapids And What They Will Do For This Country

In 1991, Dick DeVos was on the path to become the CEO of his family corporation, Amway. He was also on the path to becoming a positive influence in his hometown of Grand Rapids. it was during that year that he learned of a plan to build a sports and convention center not in downtown Grand Rapids, but in a nearby suburb. He and his wife Betsy (who would later go on to become education secretary in the current Trump Administration) came out against the idea simply because they witnessed the deleterious effect that a sports complex in a suburb in Detroit had on their downtown. Simply put, when the Lions and the Pistons left downtown Detroit and settled in a suburb, the lesson was not lost on this couple. For them, the principle comes down to this: “those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them in the future.”

 

The reason that Dick and Betsy DeVos campaigned so hard against the sports complexes being outside of downtown Grand Rapids is because when they looked at the Detroit situation, they ( correctly, as it turns out) presumed that Detroit’s decision to build sports complexes outside of their downtown would lead to serious economic decline. Simply put, they did not want the same thing to happen to Grand Rapids. They fought long and hard against this building plan, and it did lead to some positive results.

 

Simply put, some would say the DeVoses were instrumental in preventing Grand Rapids from undergoing the same fate as Detroit. Due to their activism, Grand Rapids has the Van Andel Arena, the DeVos Place Performance Center, Michigan State’s medical school, and the Grand Rapids City Market. They have essentially changed Grand Rapids Skyline for the better. Besides that, the DeVoses have also set themselves apart in other ways, as well.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos have established themselves as GOP mega-donors along this journey as well. They have affected social change, with Dick’s wife Betsy leading the school choice movement, and Dick fundamentally transforming the state of Michigan from the state that literally established unions to a right-to-work state. Many would say they have done a lot for this country and for conservative causes.

 

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Besides his legacy in Grand Rapids, Dick DeVos himself has also been a very busy man during the Trump Administration. Besides the fact that his wife has a cabinet post as the education secretary, Mr. DeVos has also been appointed to be on the civilian Board of the Federal Aviation Administration. Moreover, if you don’t think he’s qualified, think again. Besides all of the great things he has done for his hometown, he also has single-handedly revitalized the Grand Rapids Airport. He did this by exhibiting superior leadership and enticing Southwest Airlines to run non-stop flights out of the Grand Rapids Airport. The man is a leader, pure and simple.

 

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End Citizens United Supports 17 People In 2018, So Far

End Citizens United is a political action committee with one single goal. They are not promoting politicians to better their own interests, they aren’t ran by members of large corporations, and they aren’t representatives of the NRA or Big Pharma. End Citizens United wants to take the power in politics away from the rich and distribute it among all citizens.

Specifically, they are fighting to overturn a 2010 Supreme Court decision that furthered the efforts to consider profitable entities and corporate as people. This enabled corporations to donate near endless amounts of money to political candidates of its choice. Since the decision, corporations have been forcing and/or pushing their lower end employees to participate in political donations. This practice is called Employer Political Coercion and it is a growing threat in America.

End Citizens United has released a list of their biggest political opponents called Big Money 20. The list consists of 20 politicians who are currently in office that accept Big Money from rich corporations. These 20 people have all put the needs of corporations above the common citizen.

They don’t only fight to take out politicians that accept heavy donations; End Citizens United supports politicians who refuse to accept large donations from the wealthy. Recently, End Citizens United endorsed Kristen Gillibrand for the United States Senate. In addition to Gillibrand, End Citizens United has already endorsed 17 other politicians for the 2018 election cycle.

Tiffany Muller

Tiffany Muller now serves as the President and Executive Director of End Citizens United. Ever since graduating from the University of Maryland Tiffany has been involved in politics. She began her political career at the local level as a member of the Topeka City Council in Kansas.

Prior to joining End Citizens United she has also served as chief of staffs for multiple congressmen. The excellent organizational and execution skills she gained as chief of staff make her the perfect person to lead an organization such as End Citizens United.

Find more about End Citizens United: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnpLmnN_7TxPdpGODs-JXxg

Charity Work and Life of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955. He is married to Betsy DeVos. Betsy is a leading advocate for the educational-choice movement. She works as chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children. Betsy has also served on the boards of two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which strive to expand educational choice through tax credits and vouchers. Dick DeVos is a pilot, entrepreneur, and author from Michigan. Dick DeVos attained a business administration bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. He has received honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College and, Central Michigan University.

 

Dick DeVos is the President of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, which was founded in 1989. The foundation has sponsored religious, artistic, civic, educational, community and free-market economic organizations since 1990. In 2010, DeVos launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy. It is the first aviation public Charter High School. The school is chartered to ensure that it is available to everyone at no cost. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation has maintained an art competition called ArtPrize in Grand Rapids since 2009. It dedicated $22.5 million to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. That donation was the largest in the Kennedy Center. Art groups in Michigan that were hit by the recession benefited from the contribution. The institute offers practical training to board members and arts managers on phases of professional development in the United States and around the world. It also provides technical assistance through on-site consultation, seminars and web chats.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation promote free-market economics by sponsoring organizations such as Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Action Institute. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation established a scholarship in 2008 to support MA, MBA and MS students from developing nations. They also offer an enterprise and entrepreneurship scholarship specifically for students who want to study at Northwood University, and graduate with a BBA or combined BBA and MBA. In 1991, DeVos convened a group of more than 50 community and civic leaders to aid in renovating Detroit. He worked with two local bankers to carry out the renovation. Some of the achievements of his action were a new sports arena, convention center, public gardens and satellite campuses among others. DeVos and his wife also contributed money to finance a $500,000, the 18-month private analysis of Lake Macatawa that focuses on pollution sources.

 

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