Mike Rowe, he of “Dirty Jobs” and other shows (a personal favorite, “Deadliest Catch”) made some comments at Facebook recently about college educations, the “free” talk of Socialist Sanders, and trade schools. As you might expect from Rowe, he did not hold back.
Personally, I think he is spot on, and he echoes comments made by Marco Rubio who was calling for more emphasis on Trade schools, one of the things I really liked about him. But I digress. Here is what Rowe had to say about “free college” vs. Trade schools. From The Federalist:
[…] Consider the number of college graduates today, who can’t find work in their chosen field. Hundreds of thousands of highly educated twenty-somethings are either unemployed or getting paid a pittance to do something totally unrelated to the education they borrowed a fortune to acquire. Collectively, they hold 1.3 trillion dollars of debt, and no real training for the jobs that actually exist. Now, consider the countries widening skills gap – hundreds of thousands of good jobs gone begging because no one wants to learn a useful trade. It’s madness. ‘College For All’ might sound good on the campaign trail, but in real life, it’s a dangerous platitude that reinforces the ridiculous notion that college is for people who use their brains, and trade schools are for people who use their hands. As if the two can not be combined.
I’m not an economist Jim, but I’m pretty sure this is how college got so expensive in the first place. We start by exaggerating it’s importance. Then we call it a ‘right.’ That creates demand and guarantees supply. Then we free up billions of dollars, and encourage millions of teenagers to borrow whatever it takes to pay the freight. The pressure on these kids is enormous – from their parents, their guidance counselors, and their peers. So they sign on the dotted line, and that’s that. Is it any wonder the cost of a degree has risen faster than the cost of food, energy, healthcare, and even real-estate? Is it any wonder some politicians want to fix the problem by forgiving the debt altogether and making college free for everyone?
Whatever your politics, this is not the time for our candidates to be promoting one type of education over another. The truth about education is this – there can be no hope of success without one. Period. But right now, the majority of available jobs do NOT require a four-year degree – they require training – the exact kind of training that parents, guidance counselors, and presidential candidates should be encouraging at every turn. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
No kidding. That is so, so true. I have heard manufacturers lament that they have tons of good jobs available, but not enough qualified candidates to fill them because not enough people are going to trade school. It is far past time to reject the mindset that trade schools are less than four year colleges, and to start talking up the employment potential of attending trade schools.
And speaking of talking, once again President Obama is shooting off his hypocritical, sanctimonious mouth. This time, it is about – wait for it – the “corrosive” rhetoric of the current campaign and the lack of facts. Oh, sorry – I should have warned you to not be drinking anything at the time. Yeah, anyway, he did. From The Hill:
[…] “The divisive and often vulgar rhetoric that’s aimed at everybody, but is often focused on the vulnerable or women or minorities,” Obama said. “I say this right now because this does corrode our democracy and society.”
He continued, “When our elected officials and our political campaigns become entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis, when it doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not, that makes it all but impossible for us to make good decisions on behalf of future generations.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Gee, nothing like being lectured on “corrosive” rhetoric and lack of facts by a man who is a MASTER of engaging in both activities he is decrying. I mean, really – this is the man who claimed that the March on Selma inspired his parents to have him. Even though he was already a toddler at the time. And that was just one example of a gazillion examples documented in BOTH of his campaigns for President. WOW. I’m sorry, but that is just a tad delusional, isn’t it? Yikes.
Sorry, still shaking my head at the insanity of Obama, of all people, acting as if he didn’t say horrible, terrible things about not just his Republican opponents, but his Democratic opponents as well. Anyway…
Speaking of the campaign, KenoshaMarge put in comments two terrific radio interviews that took place in Wisconsin, Charlie Sykes and Vicki McKenna. Both of them asked Trump real questions and absolutely held his feet to the fire. It was amazing. If you haven’t listened to them yet, I highly, highly recommend it, though as I said to Marge, Wisconsin is being a little greedy keeping such great interviewers to themselves! I kid, but these interviews are making waves. The Federalist highlighted Charlie Sykes’ interview today:
[…] Sykes asked Trump about his treatment Heidi Cruz, who he attacked last week by threatening to “spill the beans” about her. Trump’s comments came after a political group with no ties to Ted Cruz or his campaign paid for advertisements featuring magazine photos of Trump’s wife Melania. Trump followed up his threat by retweeting an unflattering photo of Cruz’s wife Hedi.
“Is this your standard?” Sykes asked. “That if a supporter of another candidate, not the candidate himself, does something despicable that it’s okay for your personally –a candidate for president of the United States– to behave in that same way? I mean, I expect that from a 12-year-old bully on a playground. Not someone who wants the office held by Abraham Lincoln.”
“I did a retweet,” Trump said. “And it was art by someone else.”
“Your wife is a beautiful, classy woman, why can you not say the same about Ted Cruz’s wife?” Sykes asked.
In response, Trump explained that his decision to tweet the photo of Cruz’s wife grimacing was a very “mild” response. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
It goes on from there, but Sykes did NOT let Trump off the hook, and he did not let him get away with constantly claiming Ted Cruz did this. Cruz did NOT. It was a SuperPac. Sykes affirmed that repeatedly. Good on him for that.
If you don’t have time to listen to the interview, I recommend this piece. It gives you some highlights. And for those of us who care about truth, decency, and civility, it is most refreshing.
And speaking of refreshing, do I have a video of you. Suzy took this of the Rockhoppers in the Falkland Islands. Don’t give up watching thinking the video is done. They can stand very still for long periods of time. But your wait will be rewarded! Check it out:
Aren’t they ADORABLE??? And don’t you love their crazy mohawk hair? Every day is bedhead day for these little penguins. They are so cute! I hope they brought a smile to your faces, too. Heaven knows, we could all use it these days!
Oh, there is another debate tonight on CNN with the three Republicans set in Milwaukee. It airs at 8:00pm, and you can stream it online if you don’t have cable.
That’s it. This is an Open Thread. Have at it!