May 19, 2017

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the women senators up for reelection (and we talk with three of them), Trump’s education budget cuts, and forced marriage in America.  

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Ann Stone, Women For Trump; Debra Carnahan, Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor; Avis Jones-DeWeever, Founder, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women; Patrice Lee, Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum

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Women Senators Up for Reelection

A record 11 women are up in 2018, with 10 being Democrats.

  • Ann Stone: "The problem the Democrats are having that no one is talking about [is that] Sanders people are coming in and blowing up the establishment [congressional] candidates.”

  • Avis Jones-DeWeever: "This presidency has done everything possible to hurt the Republican brand... so any Democrat running in this environment has that advantage built-in.”

  • Patrice Lee: “If tax reform is passed and Americans get tax cuts” the Democrats will not take back the House or Senate in the 2018 elections.

  • Bonnie Erbe:

    • “As of the 2000 census...the Republicans were in control, so they have set up House districts that only the Republicans can win.”

    • “Americans do live in parallel universes. And if you watch Fox News and read Breitbart, you have a very different view of what’s going on in American politics.”

  • Debra Carnahan: On the reelection of female democrats in Congress in 2018 elections: "I think President Trump is helping us, and I want to thank him for that.”

Trump’s Education Budget

Cuts to after school programs and more money for school choice and religious schools.

  • Ann Stone: "Children’s education has not improved with the Department of Education, it’s gone in reverse. We are the laughing stock of industrialized nations around the world... it’s time to relook, rethink, and innovate.”

  • Avis Jones-DeWeever: "This is a reflection of the entire reverse Robin Hood ideology of this entire administration, when you look at the [education] budget overall, and where the tax benefits go to.”

  • Patrice Lee: "The Trump administration came in saying “we are going to look at every agency and cut the fat, cut the waste, cut programs, and start to innovate.”... so I think it’s actually exciting.”

  • Bonnie Erbe:

    • “According to the Washington Post, [Trump’s education] budget cuts 10 billion dollars from the department of education, eliminating 22 programs,” such as after school activities, teacher training, and class size reduction.

    • “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a billionaire and part of her money comes from selling all kinds of programs to Christian schools... why isn’t [Trump] not draining that part of the swamp?”

  • Debra Carnahan:

    • "The problem with our education system is not Washington, it’s not the Department of Education, it is systemic in our states... rich school districts get more money, you live in a poor area, you [get] less money.”

    • “Do you know how many states fund the elementary level, they’ll fund the high schools, but they don’t give money to higher education?... The students have been bearing that, and they come out drowning in debt.”

Forced Marriage

A problem usually thought of only happening in far off lands actually occurs in the US as well.

  • Debra Carnahan: “We have to have awareness and we must be pushing state by state to have [forced marriage] abolished.”

  • Casey Swegman:

    • “Forced marriage is a global problem, and the U.S. is actually part of that globe.”

    • “What we found when we looked at the data is about 3,000 known or suspected cases [of forced marriage] in the United States over a period of just two years.”

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