True. I think American education is fraudulent in many ways. Partly, there is a lot of money in getting people to enroll in colleges, leading to a lot of the lying that leads people into thinking that a degree will magically get them a job. I admit that I got my degree for the wrong reasons, but I was young and had lots of convincing liars around me. But, I still say that "small business" is not the solution to all our problems; we can't all own businesses and have no employees.and as to starting a small business, it is not for everyone. nor everyone with a degree. you are correct. but a degree indicates you have the ability to learn, and the knowledge needed to successfully operate a small business is quite fundamental. unfortunately, we teach our kids how to become someone else's employee rather than what they need to know to successfully launch an enterprise of their own
Those are all essentially luck now; Having a degree isn't helping the majority of people that graduated in the last couple of years. There prospectives are based on whether they know the right guy and are in the right place at the right time, not whether they know the right stuff or have the right degree. 98% of businesses fail, so that's also a pretty big risk. In modern America, wealth is almost entirely due to luck. Even in my own business idea, I completely acknowledge the fact that I could lose everything even though I worked for it.in my observation, there are three ways to wealth in America: luck into it by virtue of the womb or buying the right lottery ticket; or receive a professional degree; or build a business enterprise
I agree, I wasn't lamenting for myself. I'm going to be fine, but what about the other millions of Americans who won't? I'm worried about my country.let me confess that i have a difficult time reading your laments. you appear to have the gifts of an education, health and youth and yet complain that your future is dim. it can be as bright as YOU allow it to be. do not be the person that holds you back
Since food costs are in the measly 1/3 that's left, it makes you want to run out and buy a McHamburger, doesn't it? : There were jokes about McD's having to buy another cow when they reached the million burgers sold...wonder what they will do if this passes?
Out till later this afternoon.
I sense that the whole $15 per hour thing is more of a Right Wing plot than a Left Wing goal.
Here is why I say this...
Even hardcore supporters of a minimum wage increase think this is silly and unrealistic.
The result of this $15 dollar an hour fast food push has everyone from both sides laughing.
Skilled labor such as construction and mechanics make $15 per hour.
Do we pay the floor mopper and burger flipper the same pay as the high-rise metal roofer who risks his life each and every day to implement a skill that took 5 years to learn?
This $15 fast food thing only serves to reinforce the Right Wing talking points and make them appear legit.
Minimum wage is far too low and utterly ridiculous. It most definitely needs to be raised.
But it has to be done with slow incremental increases.
And it has to be done for all Americans, not just fast food.
I'd like to see it eventually reach 15$ an hour. But not suddenly and not only for unskilled labor. Skilled labor also needs to rise.
There is also an area disconnect.
$15 is skilled labor in the South and is above poverty level, even if it is still not enough to afford health care.
But in the East, North, or West, it might not be much at all.
Last edited by Painter; 08-31-13 at 11:57 AM.
One of you will end up here next!