Skip to comments.Dumbing Down the American Dream
Posted on 04/25/2012 6:18:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
Young Americans received unwelcome news this week when an April 23 AP report found 53.6 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 are jobless or underemployed, and there is little hope for improvement in the near future. This news is grim for young Americans as well as an administration in reelection mode.
President Obama attempted to dull the pain young Americans are feeling when he recently told a group of college students in Florida he wasnt born with a silver spoon in his mouth then went on to blame the mess were in on capitalism. He described capitalism as a broken down theory.
Obamas broken down theory statement is wrong on many levels, but chiefly because his statement conveniently erases a significant chunk of American history. -- that time when Ronald Reagan inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression. It is the worst because Reagan and Obama inherited extremely similar recessions, but Reagans was coupled with double-digit inflation and a 20 percent prime interest rate. Reagan did a lot of things right, including lowering taxes, and before long, the economy boomed.
In sharp contrast, Obama has executed what many describe as anti-Reagan economic policies that have largely failed. His latest tax the rich scheme, the Buffett Rule, was defeated by the Democrat-controlled Senate last week. The Wall Street Journal, says it would have added $793.3 billion to the deficit over the next decade I reiterate: it would have increased, not decreased, the deficit.
It is as if liberals are caught up in a constant love-hate relationship with the successful, the job creators, and the rich -- in that they despise their success, but know full well theyd be unable to spread the wealth around without their money.
At this point in time, Obama cant help himself because he has surrounded himself with people that share the same anti-Capitalism value system. One of those people, Bill Ayers, was recently caught on camera at an Occupy Wall Street rally in New York saying, I get up every morning and think today Im going to make a difference, today Im going to end capitalism. At least he said it with a smile.
For the unaware, Ayers was involved with a group which bombed the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon during the Vietnam years, and openly admits hes a radical, Leftist and small c communist. Ayers has wasted much of his life polluting the minds of naïve college students, similar to what Obama appears to do when he stands before young audiences cherry-picking history and belittling the American Dream.
How disillusioned this group, who flocked to the voting booths en masse for Obama in 2008, must be. Most had no idea Obamas hope and change would mean theyd not have the resources to pay for the federal deficit hes piled on their backs, as well as the student loan debt theyre drowning in. They never dreamed change meant the end of their freedom of choice because Obamacare mandates that all must purchase health insurance, period. Most did not anticipate a lack of ample-paying jobs would force them to live in their parents basements post-graduation.
Young Americans deserve better and need to understand that the noise coming from the Left is just that. Statements suggesting that capitalism is a broken down theory are meant to dumb down their expectations to encourage them to exchange the hope of silver spoons for plastic forks. Frankly, the Democratic Partys message of perpetual mediocrity is discouraging to young Americans who have a whole future before them and deserve the opportunity to pursue their version of the American Dream.
if they are all so educated, how could they have no clue that this has been the situation in their vaunted Western European utopia for at least three decades?
At least 2/3 of them, and probably more, had no business going to college. They have wasted their money and, more significantly, wasted their time that could have been devoted to finding something useful to do.
See my tagline.
No only can he not count, but he doesn’t care.
He crammed the biggest entitlement program in the history of humankind down our throats in the midst of the strongest economic recession in decades. That was stupid.
He doesn’t want equal opportunity - he wants equal outcome.
That is downright un-American.
Check out Mia Love and her dream for America.
Mia Love speaks before the 1st round of balloting for the Utah
4th Congressional District at the Utah Nominating Convention.
We need more trade schools to give colleges some competition.
If I remember correctly, the govt was largely involved with convincing people (years gone by) that to get a really stupendous job/career, you need to get a degree...so companies followed that great idea. Thus, kids followed that mindset without thinking about the job market.
A degree may be true if your going into something like science, engineering, or medicine but some of those degrees don’t do squat when it comes to service type jobs. Why give new employees (who have degrees) additional training if the degree is all that? IMO, what they need to learn can be learned in trade schools.
Yeah? How much did you make off your books again?
Okay. This is the part I don't get.
If Liberals hate "the rich" so much, who is it that is going to these 35,000 dollar a plate dinners to raise money for Urkel and his fellow RATS?
Why do so many "the rich" seem to be Libs themselves?
You mean that Daddy paying $20k, $30k, or even $50k a year so you go through the motions in class but actually major in "beer and boys" or "beer and girls" (or even the politically correct "beer and both") doesn't make you employable? How unexpected. When I was hiring, I interviewed more kids than I like to remember who had absolutely no business working in any professional capacity but held diplomas that inaccurately implied some level of statistical understanding. I'm not surprised that half of them do not have jobs that use their education, since there aren't many jobs (other than GSA and Secret Service) where you get paid for chasing girls. Considering how unprepared many of the Applied Math majors are, I don't want to think about the gender studies and Elizabethan Poetry majors.
Those of us in an Engineering curriculum 40 years ago had that figured out by the end of our first semester in college. But then, we weren't as sheltered from the real world as some people are today.
And, yet, zero wants 50% of American kids to be college graduates by 2020 or something.
Can we say "BS!!"??
I knew we could.
Currently, college financial aid debt exceeds $1 TRILLION dollars and is growing. The statistics in this article are proving that a college education that is not carefully thought out and planned creates servitude to a career or job that may not pay dividends on the debt incurred. IOW the debt to income ratio is off-balance and the ROI over time may NEVER reach positive levels.
In the late 60s, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young encouraged parents to "teach your children well". If you haven't started now, what are you waiting for??
Why do so many “the rich” seem to be Libs themselves?
They can afford to be. They also can afford the rehab when they get hooked on drugs and they can afford the divorce attorneys when they got tired of a relationship. There’s really no secret about this. Remove the money aspect and you will see what we call silly liberal values pervasive throughout history among the elite.
Their money makes them feel superior. We just see them as pathetic, AS do their peers when they fall from grace, whether because they are no longer rich or no longer part of the in crowd.
I'm leaning just as much toward Mike And The Mechanics (Silent Running): Teach the children quietly for some day sons and daughters. Will rise up and fight where we stood still.
There’s a major in Applied Math? That has a certain “dumbed down” sound to it.
Not really. A lot of schools call statistics "Applied Math", and in my work I often hired statisticians. There is nothing fake about statistics by either name, it's just a contrast to the pure math majors who deal more with theory and proofs than with interpreting data. Check these out if you're curious:
Rather than "dumbed down", I would say that math as a whole has advanced to the point where one can specialize in applied or stick to theory but few can do both well.
It makes sense now that you’ve explained it.