The other night at work, the talk came around to politics, and someone (surprisingly, not me) brought up the candidacy of Dick DeVos. For those unfamiliar with Mr. DeVos, let me send some chills down your spine. One, Mr. DeVos is the son of Amway (now Alticor) co-founder Richard DeVos. Two, he is the husband of former Republican Party Chairwoman Betsy (Prince) DeVos. Mr. DeVos is anxious to dive in to politics, and this would be the second run he's made for public office.
He and his wife were successful in getting their school voucher scheme on the ballot in 2000, which was handed a defeat, along with defeats for all Republican candidates for national elections, Senator Spence (I'm in the Bush administration, head of a cabinet I suggested abolishing as a Senator)Abraham, as well as George W and the Governorship sought by (Another) Dick Posthumus. The voucher scheme was an attempt to use tax dollars to subsidize religious education, as well s giving those able to afford a private school education essentially a tax cut for sending their children there instead of the public school systems.
The DeVos' are about as disconnected as the Bush family, with Betsy stating at one time that workers in Michigan were 'paid too much money", a statement that didn't sit too well with all the working people in Michigan. Both Dick and his wife grew up the offspring of two wealthy families who combined their family fortunes.
The good news is that DeVos is trailing in the polls (even among republican candidates). The bad news is that he has a lot of money to spend until November.