To higher education. No, really, I mean it. Under these circumstances, the single most revolutionary thing you can do is to opt out of the debt cycle they so desperately wish to trap us in. If I had kids who were college age, I’d encourage them to find ways to do it that did not incur massive amounts of debt (community college if you’re lucky enough to get in) — or tell them to skip it completely and learn a useful trade.
I value education for its own sake. But being trapped by a mountain of debt in order to get a degree in what is likely to be an entire decade of economic calamity just seems an unnecessary burden — since you’re unlikely to get a job that pays enough to pay back your loans, or to get any job at all.
And I thought I was having an auditory hallucination brought on by the extended heat wave. But no, it was one of the local Mummers clubs just parading down my street to raise money. This is what they do for fun in my neighborhood:
“We have a Democratic president and administration that is prepared to sign a tough package that includes both spending cuts (and) modifications to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare that would strengthen those systems and allow them to move forward, and would include a revenue component,” Obama added.
“We now have a bipartisan group of senators who agree with that balanced approach. And we’ve got the American people who agree with that balanced approach