Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Senate votes to confirm Steve Bannon as Power Behind the President

Actually, no, the Senate did not. But yesterday they did something almost as reprehensible. All but two Republican Senators and Vice President Mike Pence voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

The New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz explores some likely consequences of that vote in DeVos confirmation makes immigrants America’s only source of educated people.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary means that immigrants will be the nation’s only reliable source of educated people going forward, education experts said on Tuesday.

Under DeVos, according to Davis Logsdon, the dean of the University of Minnesota’s School of Education, the U.S. will have to “drastically increase its inflow of immigrants” if it wants people capable of performing even the simplest tasks.

“Most of our industries require people who can read, write, and do arithmetic, even in a rudimentary way,” he said. “The Senate just shot that to hell.”

With DeVos running the Department of Education, Logsdon said, millions of American students “will graduate from high school each year without mastering any useful skills—in other words, much like DeVos herself.”

The spectre of an economy plagued by workers “operating at a DeVos level of sub-proficiency” means that the United States will need to do everything in its power to attract educated immigrants to its shores, he said.

Logsdon did not offer a complete list of countries with people whom the U.S. should try to lure, but he said that a partial list would include Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya.

Grizzly bears attack Wyoming schools

It might be a self-correcting problem. Several of the bears were seen regurgitating the school lunches.

But read on.

The NY Times also reported that Betsy DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary; Pence Breaks Tie.

In a bizarre moment that made her the butt of late-night TV jokes, Ms. DeVos also suggested that states should decide whether to allow guns in schools, citing in part concerns about protection from grizzly bears in Wyoming.

“I think probably there, I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies,” she said.

Before the vote Tuesday, [Senator Al] Franken said, “It was the most embarrassing confirmation hearing that I have ever seen.”

… Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, demanded before the vote that Republicans explain how they could support Ms. DeVos. “If we cannot set aside party loyalty long enough to perform the essential duty of vetting the president’s nominees, what are we even doing here?” Mr. Franken asked.

Scriber’s answer: Participating in now President Trump’s “divorce from reality.” See AZ BlueMeanie’s post on that at Blog For Arizona.

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