The Changes That Dick And Betsy DeVos Have Made For Their Hometown

Dick DeVos was an up-and-comer in his family’s business at Amway Corp. He was on the right track to becoming the CEO and getting there fast. However, things took a quick change for a while back in 1991. Mr. DeVos had learned of plans for a new sports arena to be built in the downtown area of Grand Rapids. He was not a fan of the idea and quickly went to work rallying against it. He thought that its addition to the area could be detrimental to the city.

 

Formation Of Grand Action

 

Dick was not the only person in the area who was against this idea. He started a group called Grand Action which added other business leaders from the area. They were all the main influencers behind some other big construction projects in the city like the convention center, the medical school and the city market.

 

Heirs To Fortunes

 

Both Dick and his wife are heirs to the fortunes from their families. However, they still chose to spend much of their adult lives trying to make changes they feel are important in their hometown. They are also mega-donors for the GOP. Their political influences have started many changes in state laws for labor and education. Education reform has been a huge passion for the couple. They even founded a charter high school for aviation at the nearby Grand Rapids Airport. The couple says their philanthropy and education advocacy have been on similar tracks with the education reform. They are seeking an outcome which would help poor families offer their kids the same education opportunities as the ones with money.

 

How Dick Put The Airport On The Map

 

Mr. DeVos is a self-described pilot and aviation geek. While he may have not spent much time flying any commercial aircraft, he was still asked to take the lead with the move of Southwest to the Grand Rapids area. He had accepted the offer to take the lead on the move with one condition put into place. He wanted to do it his own way. For him, this meant doing it with a more business-like approach rather than a political one. He also wanted to carry out the plan without letting the public know of it until it was the right time to share.

 

Dick’s approach to making this plan happen was impressive to the executives at Southwest. In fact, they liked it so much that they made it a model for other communities to follow when they are interested in working with an airline. It was clear after this that DeVos was exactly the right choice for the job. The CEO of AirTran Airways made the original call with the offer and that one phone call is what changed the face of air travel in Grand Rapids.

 

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How Little We Actually Know

– How Has George Soros Empowered Us

If I told you about the merits of an open society, would you understand what I was talking about? What if I only said the two words, “open society”? Would knowing this be so far from your current understanding that you stall? If you did, you wouldn’t be different from many others in the world. Read his profile at Forbes.

The needs of an open society are first explained by seeing the world.

The closer we adjust our eyes to a modern reality, the closer we get to see the challenges ahead of us. The major challenges we face is described in human relations. This ongoing relationship is inevitable if we are to continue living on this single planet. As we discuss these details, let us also include one man of great importance.

His name is George Soros, and he’s been the leader in the concepts and philosophies regarding an open society that we know of. As we introduce George Soros, let us also say that his ability to impact the world is why he’s involved with the impactful prospects of an open society.

Where We Start Opening Society

To better understand what an open society is, we first explain the major issues that society faces. The first point we have, which holds tremendous importance in modern times, is human relationships. George Soros believes that it’s a foolish notion to think that all society will advance without us first having better relations in place.

For example, society is segregated by so many facets that it’s hard to keep an accurate count. Men and women fight for their rights as opposite sexes. Christians and Muslims fight over their rights to have a religious identity. The rich and poor fight over their beliefs that one is greater than the other.

The predicament, according to George Soros, is ongoing. Many also fear that it will never end. But in a truly “open society,” none of these differences really matter.

They also won’t exist if we are not divided in society.

With an open society, every identity that people partake in is accepted and without shame, fault or discriminations. But for George Soros, discrimination goes much further than one’s personal trouble regarding race or religion.

Let George Soros, therefore, be a great example of how we will lead a world organized by the merits of an open society. Visit this site to know more at opensocietyfoundations.org.

Background and justification of End Citizens United activities

End Citizens United wants to be a bigger player in its field of business. They want to do this by putting in more money funding Democratic candidates running for competitive positions for the House and the Senate. They plan on channeling tens of millions of dollars into this endeavor.

 

End Citizens United is a political action committee that is dedicated to campaign finance reforms. The group which relies on donor funding has been able to raise more than $2 million so far against a target of $25 million to $30 million. This was according to the group’s Communication director Richard Carbo. All these efforts are geared towards reversing a Supreme Court decision that gave rise to super PACs that led a lot of dirty money finding its way into politics. The group is leading a petition to push Congress to pass this legislation. 325,000 have signed this petition so far.

 

Endorsing candidates

End Citizens United has so far endorsed 11 Democratic candidates. The group says that endorsing the candidates ensures that the hole in the political side of these reforms is covered. It ensures that backing candidates so that they are elected will ensure that the laws that are already there are changed using the support of those elected. The group plans to set up a financial arm so that they support the candidates through TV adverts and polling. It hopes to push for reforms in campaign finance on the local and state level.

 

However, their main objective is enacting their agenda on the national level through a constitutional amendment. This will require support by a two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate and also support from three-quarter of the states. This is despite the fact the country has never passed a constitutional amendment from 1992. According to experts, End Citizens United helps to make public awareness of the Courts decision and its implications. The group says that the reason why they don’t support Republicans is that, the Republican is largely against the reversing of this Supreme Court decision that has proved to be a disaster.

 

People contributing

More than 100,000 people have contributed towards this course. About 40,000 among them were making contributions for the first time. People have felt the need to elect candidates that support campaign finance reforms in the country. Those donating are starting to feel that the system is not designed to favor them. The ones that give the biggest donations usually have a lot of say in the operations of the group.

 

Recently the political action committee managed to get contributions of more than $4 million against a target of $500,000. This is despite the fact that the organization cannot accept donations of more than $5000 from an individual donor. The group’s spokesman says that they have built many ties with campaign finance groups