You will find that the schools which pay the most per athlete also receive a tiny fraction of student fees and institutional/government support as part of their overall athletic budget. In other words, the schools which pay the huge salaries aren't leeching.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Ain't the government great?
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
There are lots of reasons for this, and most do not involve Obama. First of all, unemployment is up overall (which is partially Obama's fault). Second, there's a fundamental shift in the hiring paradigm of many companies and corporations these days. Now, for most kids, you're better off getting a job right out of high school instead of going to college. Now, for about 10% of majors out there, this is not the case (medical, science, law, business to some extent, etc.). However, most majors these days are a waste, and I'll tell you why. At one point, jobs were much more plentiful - and now they're not. In addition, the jobs that are out there often do not require a degree. Because of this, they can hire these 18 year olds and pay them a fair-for-an-18-year-old wage, train them how they want, and let them do jobs without exorbitant salaries. However, a kid coming out of a 4 year school with no actual experience in a field will go into a job expecting a much higher starting wage that companies simply do not want to provide. To an 18 year old, 9 dollars an hour to start is more than fair. To a college kid who has no income and 50-100K+ debt over the past 4 years, suddenly needing to live on his or her own? 9 dollars an hour does nothing for them. Companies recognize this.
Today, I would tell kids that, unless they're going into a field that's highly specialized or requires licensure/certification, skip college right now and go get paid. Fit college in at some point (part-time) when you're preparing to move up the corporate ladder and it becomes necessary. If you try to skip that step and go to the next one, you're certainly going to fall down the stairs.
Now, that has completely changed. Employers are asking for degrees in that specific field. They can, because it is an employers market. There are way more people looking for jobs, than openings.
Every young person that comes to me for advice (and there are quite a few), I tell them the same thing. Get the most technical degree that you can get. Engineering grads from my Alma Mater, normally, have jobs lined up before they graduate. My oldest boy's best friend from High School did not listen to me. He graduated almost 2 years ago with a degree in history. He still cannot find a job. He is working at Panera Bread... The sad thing was... He was an honor grad in High School. Took all the Advanced Placement classes in Math and Science. But he even admits, he chose the History degree because it was easy for him and allowed more party time. The choices we make.........................................
As a dreamer of dreams and a travellin' man, I have chalked up many a mile.
Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks and I've learned much from both of their styles!