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The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S. [Obama's America!!!]
ABCNews ^ | May 10, 2012 | SUSANNA KIM

Posted on 05/09/2012 9:32:57 PM PDT by Steelfish

The Number of Ph.D.s on Public Aid Triples in U.S.

Elliott Stegall, 51 and father of two, has been pressed financially as he pursues his graduate degree and teaches two English college courses a semester. By SUSANNA KIM May 9, 2012 The life of an academic who pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and lives off stipends and scholarhips is becoming more financially treacherous. A skyrocketing number of Americans with Ph.D.s say they are facing a reality in which they are turning to food stamps to survive.

One in six Americans received food stamps or other public assistance last year, but the number of people with a Ph.D. or Masters degree who receive that aid has tripled in the past two years, according to government data.

In a story published by The Chronicle of Higher Education this week Ph.D. holders and students who are teaching on the non-tenure track in community colleges and universities bemoaned their prospects.

Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University while he teaches two English courses at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

To help support their two young children, he and his wife rely, in part, on food stamps, Medicaid and aid from the USDA program, Women, and Infants and Children (WIC).

"I tend to look at my experience as a humanist, as someone who is fascinated by human culture," he told the Chronicle. "Maybe it was a way of hiding from the reality in which I found myself. I never thought I'd be among the poor."

He and his wife also have worked part-time jobs as house painters and cleaners and food caterers.

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1 posted on 05/09/2012 9:33:00 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University while he teaches two English courses at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

LMAO. Maybe Elliott should have taken a tech class on welding instead of “film studies”


2 posted on 05/09/2012 9:41:26 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (reforms.wi.gov - To find the truth of what Gov. Walker is doing for Wisconsin)
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To: Steelfish

Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University while he teaches two English courses at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

LMAO. Maybe Elliott should have taken a tech class on welding instead of “film studies”


3 posted on 05/09/2012 9:41:31 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (reforms.wi.gov - To find the truth of what Gov. Walker is doing for Wisconsin)
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To: Steelfish

Put down the bong.... and step away slowly!


4 posted on 05/09/2012 9:41:42 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Steelfish
He and his wife also have worked part-time jobs as house painters and cleaners and food caterers.

ie) something useful that other people will pay for. In fact, these ARE their jobs.

The film-studies and sociology stuff are just very expensive hobbies.

5 posted on 05/09/2012 9:44:47 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: M-cubed

Double posting is NOT a sin, But being a Major League Loser as a Provider/Dad
is a whole other issue!


6 posted on 05/09/2012 9:46:55 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Steelfish
"Film Studies"?

Well, at least it isn't one of the Grievance Studies programs.

Does he have a minor concentration in concessions consumption?

7 posted on 05/09/2012 9:47:50 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Steelfish

I hate to say I, but many of the PHD’s I have known couldn’t make them selves a grilled cheese sandwich if they were starving.

I actually had one ask me last week how he should vote in the local elections.

Exasperated, I said “just vote straight R”


8 posted on 05/09/2012 9:48:10 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Mases Could Be Farts)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Film studies?
LOL!!


9 posted on 05/09/2012 9:49:29 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Mases Could Be Farts)
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To: Steelfish
Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies

I think I have spotted his problem. :)

I know a number of Ph.D's none which are on food stamps but they have degrees in something that is actually useful.

10 posted on 05/09/2012 9:54:44 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: Steelfish

I have sympathy for the unemployed, but there are some who won’t take jobs that are out there because they dont pay big bucks.

People have to realize that you can’t always get the job you want and sitting around idle for months and years doesn’t look good on a resume.


11 posted on 05/09/2012 9:54:47 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Steelfish
He and his wife also have worked part-time jobs as house painters and cleaners and food caterers.

And I'm willing to bet they did a halfa**ed job at that.
What losers.

12 posted on 05/09/2012 9:55:11 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Bump


13 posted on 05/09/2012 9:59:23 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: fatnotlazy

And if there weren’t endless unemployment and welfare checks they’d be forced to do something useful or go hungry.

Instead they get their bellies filled and they get to pursue a useless “education” on the taxpayers dime endlessly.

And then we wonder why we are broke as a country...


14 posted on 05/09/2012 10:11:01 PM PDT by DB
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To: KingNo155

An educted begger, too smart to get his hands dirty and to stupid to wear a rubber.


15 posted on 05/09/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: Steelfish
...hiding from the reality... among the poor.

PROTIP: the former usually leads to the latter

16 posted on 05/09/2012 10:16:41 PM PDT by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: Steelfish
Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University while he teaches two English courses at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

To help support their two young children, he and his wife rely, in part, on food stamps, Medicaid and aid from the USDA program, Women, and Infants and Children (WIC).


In more straightforward terms, this 51 year old guy relies on other peoples money to raise his kids while he passes his days avoiding real work by obtaining a worthless doctorate in a subject which barely merits an extension course at a community college.
17 posted on 05/09/2012 10:17:00 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Steelfish
The source for this crap "news article" is a story in a 'higher education' magazine.

Made me sick to read it and see the responses of empathy for these edu-addicted bums.
"Film Studies"...gimme a break. Anybody who takes a degree in this deserves to work at a Blockbusters...for life.

The other "Phd" was a woman in another useless subject who could only get part-time jobs as a contract lecturer at a community college.
She was also a 'single mother' and there was no mention of the father of her child/children.

My sympathy meter never even flickered.
18 posted on 05/09/2012 10:24:35 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Wisconsinlady
Maybe Elliott should have taken a tech class on welding instead of “film studies”

It is my opinion that it is wise to learn a trade or two.

Then you can pursue your passion at your leisure.

19 posted on 05/09/2012 10:25:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Mases Could Be Farts)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
In more straightforward terms, this 51 year old guy relies on other peoples money to raise his kids while he passes his days avoiding real work by obtaining a worthless doctorate in a subject which barely merits an extension course at a community college.

But he gets to see a LOT of movies and observe the "human culture" as portrayed on celluloid.

20 posted on 05/09/2012 10:48:36 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Steelfish
Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University

You either have a knack for making films or you don't. No amount of college training is going to give you the knack. What a dope. Let him starve; let evolution takes it course.

21 posted on 05/09/2012 10:59:02 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Steelfish

“Film studies’’!?! You mean this guy got a freakin’ PhD just for watching movies all day? Dang!!(sar.)


22 posted on 05/09/2012 11:11:44 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Let him starve; let evolution takes it course.

No reason for the fool and his family to starve, forget silliness and pipe dreams, face reality, get a job, work hard, live within his means, millions upon millions do it everyday.
Read an article about another joker who was interested in movies/*The arts*, but couldn't hold a regular job because of boredom and lack of interest.

No tears for that deadbeat lazy bastard either.

23 posted on 05/09/2012 11:33:50 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: mylife
I hate to say I, but many of the PHD’s I have known couldn’t make them selves a grilled cheese sandwich if they were starving.

My son will be working on his PhD soon and he's a pretty good cook. He won't starve. :)

I actually had one ask me last week how he should vote in the local elections.

That's not unusual. He might not be overly concerned about LOCAL races and be willing to support your candidate. I used to ask my brother and sister in law who they liked for Sheriff or such since they both worked for the county Sheriff's. I thought since that was their area, they would be more informed on that area.

Some races don't gave a political affiliation next to the candidates names. Like judges and such.

24 posted on 05/09/2012 11:36:54 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
I wonder if anyone has bothered to add up all the FREE money this parasite is stealing from the rest of us?

He is a Able Bodied Man who, in another time, would be ashamed to be taking handouts to care for his Family.

The days of doing what you have to do to survive have been replaced with Voting for who you have to Vote for to get free stuff.

26 posted on 05/10/2012 12:46:02 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: mylife

Years ago...I worked with a contractor who once had a multi-million dollar contract deal to assist a Air Force project. When he was handed the new contract...there was a curious requirement. Besides the fifty-odd employees who were going to be the regular workers on the project and he’d supervise....there was a requirement for nine PhD folks. My associate questioned the necessity of this and even told the government representative this was a total waste of resources and funding. But it was specified in the contract....so he had to go out and hire these nine PhD folks. In the contract, it also specified that they’d be given private offices of 300 square feet or more. A year into the project, my associate could not identify a single thing of value that the nine had given to the group of fifty or the Air Force.

A second story...I personally knew of another health care related contract that the Air Force had with a contracting company. It too...required PhD mental experts. The company hiring these PhD contractors had a bit of trouble in getting folks to agree to move overseas. So bonuses were typically normal....when none of the regular employees ever got such a bonus just for moving overseas. Then one day, they had one PhD guy lined up for a hiring, but the guy wanted the company to pay to move his horse (figure $5k) from the US to Germany. The company spent an entire weekend thinking over the cost and finally said no....there was a limit to this whole game.

I think this whole PhD thing is overblown.


27 posted on 05/10/2012 1:56:09 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
“Elliott Stegall, 51, is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies”

This is precisely what Pelosi was talking about when she said that Obamacare would allow people to pursue art etc. because they wouldn't have health care concerns. In a way, this is just another way of extending the time that people have to ‘find themselves’ into late adulthood. Fits perfectly into the sixties mindset. Problem is, the world has changed dramatically and is a lot more competitive. We need to reward people for kicking their own a** to acquire skills that make the US more competitive in the world, not punish them so that others can delay adulthood into perpetuity.

28 posted on 05/10/2012 2:51:21 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Steelfish
The life of an academic who pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and lives off stipends and scholarhips is becoming more financially treacherous.

I think I see the problem there.

29 posted on 05/10/2012 3:05:17 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Sweatyted
Could someone please explain to me what a PHD has ever contributed to this society other then brain washing stupid kids and promoting socialism.

Well, my son's PhD will allow him to work in the Research and Development lab of a major company. His major is plant genomics and he's minoring in bio technology. The PhD allows him to run the experiments instead of being a test tube watcher. Right now he's working on a project to fill in gene gaps to allow us to synthetically make certain drugs. We can't do do right now because we don't know how the plants (atroppa belladonna) do what they do.

30 posted on 05/10/2012 7:01:05 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come.)
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