We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The shrinkage of government is supposed to be more severe here than in America, where the supposedly “savage,” “draconian,” etc., cuts recently agreed to mean that for a decade Washington must scrape by on $43.7 trillion rather than $46.1 trillion. Really.
The British state is morbidly obese. For a third consecutive year, government will spend more than half the gross domestic product — partly because half of all jobs created during the 13 years of Labor Party governance that ended in May 2010 were in the public sector.
Britain’s debt, now 62 percent of GDP, is scheduled to rise to 71 percent in 2013-14 before declining. Government devours 47 percent of national income.
Let me speak plain. That’s part of the problem in the black community. And many other communities. But a particular problem in the black communities, we have too many men making too many babies that they don’t want to take care of and then we end up dealing with your children. We’re not running a big babysitting service. We’re running a big government and a great city. Take care of your children. All of them. All of them.
With regards to where you went to school and the work environment:
a) My son got a B.S. in Mech. Eng. from a top-flight state school. He didn't get great grades and thought he'd have an issue. I told him "once you get that first job, nobody cares what your grades were, it's all about what you do on the job." I also told him "What do they call the person who graduates last in their class in medical school? Doctor." He got his first job when a couple of his buddies from the lacrosse team who had graduated the year before set him up with an interview with the company they work with, and it's been all good from there.
b) I graduated from MIT. I work in a technical field (surprise!). That was ... a long time ago. And even now it generates interest and impresses people when I work with a client. Some schools do matter.
re: ...once you’re in the world of work, nobody cares about college pedigrees.
Very debatable but we will concede the point for now.
As a thought exercise, let's assume an Ivy League graduate joins a firm, is unable to do his job and is dismissed.
When the employer reviews the stack of resumes for a replacement, will he file 13 the resumes of Ivy League applicants or the ones from the likes of Tumbleweed St. and Northern Southeastern Middle Tennessee St.?
Pedigrees matter. They get your foot in the door. That is why there is such competition to get into elite universities.
Re Carpe's pointing out that the average European household (977 sq. ft) is smaller than the poor household in the US (1226 sq. ft.), you might be interested in the European reaction to that news.
Basic reaction: trailer trash...the poor are better treated in Europe. (The poor in Europe have amply shown their appreciation for the kind treatment of their betters by carbecues in France and by the recent re-enactment of "London Bridge is Burning Down.")