bill gates transformation

From a 2013 powerpoint presentation I gave at an anti-Common Core conference

Read the last line on this slide:

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

Bill Gates is not the only one wanting to transform the way government should work. He and other elites are actively trying to enlist “bipartisan support” for privately set agendas that may not be best for the country or in the best interest of citizens.  They are intent on transforming government using nationally and state elected officials to help them with this mission.  From Bill Gates to Meet with 80 Senators at Capitol:

On Thursday evening, the group No Labels Foundation will be sponsoring a meet-up between Bill Gates and some 80 senators, as well as New York Times quasi-conservative columnist David Brooks. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who co-chairs the group, will open the event; Politico speculates that Bill Gates’ attendance was made possible by the fact that No Labels co-founder Nancy Jacobsen is married to the executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Microsoft, Mark Penn.

The No Labels Foundation bills itself as a group devoted to political unity. Its website states:

No Labels and the No Labels Foundation believe we have a solution to this crippling dysfunction and gridlock. And, we are promoting a compelling and realistic plan to nurse our government and our nation back to health.

No Labels’ plan is to put together “problem solvers” to come up with bipartisan solutions. Some of those solutions include cutting Congressional pay until a budget is passed, moving to a two-year budgeting process, and creating a Commission for Government Transformation to advise on how to change government to make it more efficient. The group’s anthem was co-written by Akon. Major politicians involved with the group include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.

 

Bill Gates has given more than $200 Million to organizations and the USDOEd to craft his vision of public education and now he is supporting the No Labels Foundation’s efforts.  Those include getting legislators to agree to a plan crafted by private interests for American citizens by pre-selected “problem solvers”.  This reminds me of our Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro who quoted Cass Sunstein in Missouri’s first Race to the Top proposal:

Core Student Learning and Outcomes Goals
The Race to the Top has provided an unprecedented opportunity for Missouri to bring its citizens together, to identify common goals and to develop a plan for a decade of educational reform designed to give Missouri’s children a competitive edge in tomorrow’s international competition. Our vision for reform embraces the notion advanced in the book, Nudge, where Thaler and Sunstein outline the need for “choice architects” to subtly steer choices toward positive results while leaving people, districts and schools “free to choose”.  We know that if Missouri’s public schools are to be the best choice for our citizens, they must produce the best results. This Race to the Top competition has provided the “nudge” Missouri needed to pick up the pace.

 

With elites like this, why bother with state and national legislators?  Gates agrees with this group and has lent his support for a centralized plan for legislators to follow and America will heal.  How gracious of No Labels Foundation to draft agendas for the legislators.

Just substitute the organization name “The No Labels Foundation” into the vision statement for the Gates funded “The Public Partnership for Public Vision” and you’ve got philanthropists telling legislators how to legislate and in so doing, create the transformation of the political process:

The Partnership for Public Service No Labels Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

Here is some additional information on The No Labels Foundation from No Labels and the Emerging Oligarchy:

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) raises the issue of emerging oligarchy based on wealth inequality taking control of democracies worldwide through a small global elite composed of the very rich, powerful corporate executives in financial multinationals and other global conglomerates, and their allies in international financial organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements.

To get out from under the domination of these elites, the 99% have to counter the influence of extreme wealth in manipulating perceptions and constructions of social, economic, cultural, and political reality, and electoral processes. Enter new web-based platforms as a possible democratizing force that could provide the ability to defeat manipulation and self-organize without recourse to massive financial resources. But do the new platforms offer a way out of oligarchy and back to democracy or do they just reinforce the emerging oligarchy?

This is the third in a series of posts on some of these new web-based platforms and how they relate to this central question of oligarchy vs. democracy. The first, “A System-Changing Solution for the OWS Movement?”, which I co-authored with Nancy Bordier, compared and contrasted two alternatives available to OWS, the Interactive Voter Choice System and Americans Elect (AE). The second focused on AE.This one will deal with No Labels (NL).

 

Is is any surprise, then, that Bill Gates would support an organization like No Labels?  The oligarchy is privatizing public education and it is providing legislators a plan to follow for a new America.  How’s that representative government working out for you lately?

 

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