In a recent training class, the facilitator, a college professor, said that in today’s world you have to have credentials- letters after your name- to get ahead.
At the same time state and federal governments are cutting money spent on education, particularly higher education, making tuition horribly expensive and a massive debt load guaranteed.
This is just one of the ironies of living in America today. I gotta further my education to get ahead, but I can’t afford to further my education. I’m already in a position where I’ll have to work until I die. I wouldn’t mind going back to school, but I can’t afford to take on that kind of debt.
Republican governments say higher education needs reform because it brainwashes our children and turns them into crybabies and Democrats. So Republican legislatures cut spending on higher education, and instead the Koch brothers are funding it- with their stipulations, of course. I swear, we ought to just change the name of our country to Koch, because they are manipulating everything, including pressuring Congress to pass a tax bill that the majority of Americans oppose.
But Democrats are no better. They want to give all students free higher education. They want universities to continue to be research institutes. They want to put an end to sexual violence on campus while doing nothing about systems that promote such behavior, like alcohol abuse and a culture of partying. And they have no idea how we’re going to pay for all this, and by “we” I mean you and me, because rich folks and rich businesses will continue to dump the tax burden on us while they hide their money in foreign businesses and bank accounts.
And so, I am stuck.
I understand why so many people dream of hitting the lottery jackpot. At this point in my life, that’s about the only option I have for improving my situation. I have downsized. I haven’t had television in my home for two years because I cut the cable to save money. I’ve worked two jobs. I’ve given up the idea of having another dog. I know there are other things I could do to cut corners, but I’ve already given up so much, and those changes I’m not yet ready to make. I know the day will come when I’ll have to and I’m mentally preparing myself.
I often find myself looking at people like politicians and think I should run for government. I know I can’t, but I would sure do a hell of a lot better job than these idiots we seem hell-bent on sending to state and federal legislatures over and over again.
Children, please don’t make the same mistakes your elders have made. Live your life to please yourself, because there is nothing more miserable to wake up to realize you’ve tried to do the right thing and fucked up miserably.