Just Letting You Know, Austria

The US presidential election and its, um, aftermath has an Austrian connection. The president-elect has named one Betsy De Vos as Secretary of Education. Ms. De Vos, not a friend of public education, incidentally, has a brother named Erik Prince. He created Blackwater (now under new ownership and called Academi), the private mercenary army which had dealings in the Iraq War. In 2012 Prince had settled (temporarily, it seems) in Austria, ostensibly to avoid U.S. taxes, three years after David Duke did so. (I pictured them having beers together in some Carinthian beer hall, reminiscing about the good old days and how they dearly regret being born too late to have been Pimpfe.) Anway, dear Austrians,  we just thought you should know.

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2 Responses to Just Letting You Know, Austria

  1. paschberg says:

    The german wiki is a bit incomplete on the relation between De Vos and Prince. De Vos….aha philanthropist. So this seems to be a wide term. Certainly e.g. Assad may have as well philanthropic aspects in his character. Apologies for the unreasonable comparison – but in times of bad taste and trumpery it is somehow appropriate.
    On the other hand, De Vos ist not to be kept in kin liability due to her brother. As it might be as well in Austria, that there are families where some members vote for Sascha, other for Speerwald. Of course it might happen, that, if the lever turns to Speerwald & Co, kin liability might have a revival. We would be still surprised. 😦

  2. Marcellina says:

    Paschberg, I find your comparison almost reasonable. I shall “druck’ die Daumen” that your upcoming election finally reaches a happier end. We are living in interesting times, in the Chinese sense.

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