The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Yachts Trump Schools

Aug 20, 2018

Late in July, the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ $40 million yacht was vandalized at an Ohio dock. The crew of the 163-foot luxury vessel SeaQuest prevented further damage. Considering that DeVos and her husband are reported to be worth $5.1 billion, this damage, estimated at less than $10,000, is only “pocket change.”

Also, she does not have to worry about whether she will be able to sail while her boat is being repaired. She has nine more yachts and a yacht scheduler who apparently helps her to manage. She has two helicopters and several jets, in case she wants to fly instead of sail to a destination of pleasure. A gift buyer and a toy repairer help her in her daily chores.

DeVos is in Trump’s cabinet, appointed to head the Department of Education for the entire U.S. When interviewed by 60 Minutes, she acknowledged that she has "not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming," in her home state of Michigan.

Yes, why should Secretary of Education DeVos be worried about schools and students? Such filthy rich people have more important preoccupations such as yachts, jets, mansions, luxury cars and a lavish lifestyle comforted by important staff members like yacht schedulers, gift buyers and toy repairers.