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Amway co-founder Richard DeVos and wife, Helen, pledge $10 m
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Amway co-founder Richard DeVos and wife, Helen, pledge $10 million for Grand Rapids Christian Schools

by Beth Loechler | The Grand Rapids Press

Tuesday March 17, 2009, 4:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS -- Amway co-founder Richard DeVos and his wife, Helen, have pledged $10 million to Grand Rapids Christian Schools, Superintendent Tom DeJonge announced Monday evening.

The money will retire most of the school system's $12.5 million debt, said DeJonge, who praised the gift as "absolutely astounding" and "incredibly generous."

"It means we can plan for the future from a position of strength," he said. "They want to position Christian education in the city to be strong and vibrant."

The debt was incurred over the past 10 years, chiefly to build Rockford Christian, improve Millbrook Christian and for years of operational deficits.

In a letter to GRCS families, the DeVoses said it was the most important gift they could make because it's "something to which most people are unable or unwilling to contribute."

Added DeJonge, "It's something people aren't necessarily excited about giving toward. It's stuff you already bought."

As GRCS begins construction of a $12.5 million consolidated elementary school, the donation also "eliminates this whole question mark of how can you build something new if you already have this debt."

The school board has taken steps to make sure GRCS never again will incur large amounts of debt. A campaign is under way to raise money for the new school, which won't be built on borrowed money, DeJonge said.

Historically, GRCS has not used tuition dollars to cover debt, so the donation won't mean families will see a drop in tuition. Had the debt remained and contributions dried up, tuition could have increased by up to $1,000 per child, DeJonge said.

The donation is "the largest noncapital gift," from the DeVos family, DeJonge said.

The couple was the lead donor in 1999 for the $20 million DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School. The amount of that donation never was made public.



http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/i...amway.html

(Lots of good comments at the link, even though there are a couple of sour pusses)
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Yet another example of first class people!!
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. --Roosevelt
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And Obama wants to take away the tax deduction for charitable giving for the DeVos (and others). Go figure.
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Not to mention privatizing our Veterans healthcare while encompassing many illegal immigrants in his "universal healthcare" proposal. :rant:
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. --Roosevelt
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Just give Obama a chance TB. He says that his stimulus package will cause Caterpillar will rehire all of its laid off workers!!!! YEA!!! :yahoo: :yahoo:
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UPDATE: Cat announced another 2400 layoffs today. Ooops! Confusedhock: Confusedhock:
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TB 2 IBO Wrote:Not to mention privatizing our Veterans healthcare while encompassing many illegal immigrants in his "universal healthcare" proposal. :rant:


a quick google to learn more and all I've found in a quick look so far is (republican) McCain's proposal to privatise Veteran's healthcare and (republican) Schwarzenegger's proposals to cover illegal immigrants for healthcare. Seems Obama is making good on his promise to cross party lines Wink
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ibofightback Wrote:
TB 2 IBO Wrote:Not to mention privatizing our Veterans healthcare while encompassing many illegal immigrants in his "universal healthcare" proposal. :rant:


a quick google to learn more and all I've found in a quick look so far is (republican) McCain's proposal to privatise Veteran's healthcare and (republican) Schwarzenegger's proposals to cover illegal immigrants for healthcare. Seems Obama is making good on his promise to cross party lines Wink

When McCain and Arnold become conservatives then we can have this discussion.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. --Roosevelt
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now hang on a moment. Isn't the conservative position that privately run healthcare is much more effective and efficient than publicy run healthcare?

Does this mean you're against veteran's getting better and more efficient healthcare? Confusedcratch:
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Here is why veterans are upset:

Candidate Obama promised veterans that he would, “restore our sacred trust with our veterans.” As part of that promise, candidate Obama talked about the VA’s budget. From his campaign website:

Veterans Budget Shortfalls: In 2005, a multi-billion dollar VA funding shortfall required Congress to step in and bail out the system. [...]

Fully Fund VA Medical Care: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. Obama and Biden will establish a world-class VA Planning Division to avoid future budget shortfalls.


Barack Obama promised to fully fund the VA. He just didn’t tell veterans that the money would be coming out of their pockets.

The plan Obama has included in his budget would increase “third-party” collections at VA hospitals. Translated, that means insurance payments. The Administration hopes to raise $540 million for the VA by charging wounded soldiers’ private insurance plans for treatment of their service-related injuries. Currently, veterans’ insurance is only billed for treatments of non-service-related medical conditions, such as when a vet goes to the VA for the flu. This would potentially expose wounded soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan to co-pays and deductibles for treatment of injuries they received on the battlefield. :nono:


http://www.redstate.com/mark_i/2009/03/1...red-trust/
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Wounded Vets Under Friendly Fire

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Posted 3/17/2009



Should a soldier wounded in Afghanistan have to wonder if he or she is covered or worry about his or her deductible?

The story from the Obama administration is that it wants private insurers who sell coverage to vets to pay their fair share. But the only reason wounded vets can get these policies in the first place is that private insurers know service-related medical treatment is covered through the Veterans Administration.

If the U.S. reneges on its moral obligations for budgetary reasons, it will make it harder for future veterans to get private insurance. A statement by the American Legion pointed out that depending on the severity of the war injury, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone. The rest of the family would wind up with nothing.

Premiums would be increased to prohibitive levels, and many insurance companies would require a hefty deductible before any benefits are paid. Some employers might now be reluctant to hire wounded veterans because of the impact on their company health-care benefits.

"Depending on the severity of the medical conditions, those medical insurance policies with a calendar-year benefit maximum or a life-time benefit maximum could result in the rest of the family not receiving any health care benefits," Legion legislative director Steve Robertson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week. "Many health insurance companies require deductibles to be paid before any benefits are covered."
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