Still More Random Thoughts


There has been endless talk about the need for the Federal government to come up with some way to help poor homeowners reduce the principal amount of their mortgages because they are “underwater”.   Does this also mean that we need to reduce the principal amount of car loans because most cars lose half their value the minute that they are driven off the dealer’s lot?

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I would like to ask all those recent graduates who selected useless majors and spent somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 to get a degree (or multiple degrees up to the doctoral level) in high demand professions such as paleontology,  Medieval French Literature or Women’s studies to join me in a thought experiment.

I’d want them to think back on those kids that they knew in high school that they thought weren’t too bright.  The ones that they snickered at because they were sure that those kids could never get into a prestigious university such as the one from which they just graduated.  The ones that they classed as losers.

Then I’d ask if they knew what some of those kids are doing now?  How about those that became plumbers?  As a licensed plumber, those kids will be making five times what these over-educated and yet unemployable recent grads will be making.   Did the recent grads ever think about that when they asked mom and dad to sign those tuition checks, or when they signed up for a student loan that they will still be paying off in ten or fifteen years?

And beyond that disparity of earning potential, these same “losers”, the ones with a skill that is in high demand, will also be able to ultimately start their own companies.  What will those recent grads be able to do?  Start their own universities?

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I try to be cynical but it’s hard to keep up – Lilly Tomlin

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Every child, before they graduate from high school, should be required to take the same citizenship exam that every immigrant must pass before they are allowed to vote.  If they don’t pass, they don’t graduate, and if that hurts their fragile egos, that’s just too damned bad.  If they don’t know as much about their own country as an immigrant, why should we allow them all the privileges of citizenship?  It would be even better if they had to present their diploma and the test result when they register to vote.  Don’t have one, Sonny or Missy?  Better go back and get your GED in civics, and pass the test.

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Liberal/Progressive/Democrats put out their supposed belief that every man, woman and child is equal to every other man, woman and child that has ever lived.  Yet their own behavior shows that this is a lie, because at the same time they are saying that everyone is equal, they are also saying that the rest of us should obey them because they are so much smarter than we are, and they are the only ones intelligent enough to make decisions.  Doesn’t sound too equal to me.

Perhaps we should be reminded from time to time that Ted Bundy, the serial rapist and killer was very, very intelligent.  Ted Kazinsky, the unibomber, was very, very intelligent Harvard graduate.

How did that work out?

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About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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