Manchin is the poster child for the corruption that goes hand-in-glove with the expansion of government.
As governor of West Virginia, Democrat Manchin maneuvered to have Michael Garrison, a family friend, appointed as president of West Virginia University, and also his wife appointed as president of the state school board, where she fired the state school superintendent, who was the wife of the Democratic state attorney general.
In December 2012, the association announced an "epinephrine policy initiative" designed to "help state boards of education as they develop student health policies regarding anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injector access and use," according to a press release that month. The resulting policy “discussion guide” listed key components that school policies and state legislation should have, including protection from legal liability for the school.
It was the first time the group had addressed food allergies as policy despite its own admission that it had been a growing issue since about 2000.
Previously, the association carefully avoided corporate influence, especially when its policy guidance was involved, says Brenda Welburn, the former longtime executive director. Companies would sponsor conference meals at the most, she said.
Manchin became president-elect of the education association in late 2010 and Welburn retired at the end of 2011. Welburn recalls Manchin stopping by her office saying her "daughter's company" could donate to the group. The following year, it did. "It just looked so bad to me," Welburn said. "She (Manchin) becomes president and all of a sudden NASBE is saying EpiPens are a good thing for schools."
Can there be a better scam? Who is going to be against saving lives -- of schoolchildren. So what if the schools must pony up hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase them? If it saves one life, right? That could be your child or grandchild.
And the money comes from the school budget. Look how supportive Democrats are of education. They increased spending on the schools. Never mind how many hundreds of millions of school spending went to buy EpiPens that will remain in the storeroom forever unused, by golly, school spending is up, up, up, and away! That's how we measure education: How much we spend in its name, not the actual results.