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.
It's a very complicated state of affairs, but the economy still stinks for almost everybody without a government job. However, it does not alter my longstanding thesis that a liberal arts education is not meant to be a job credential, and never was. It was designed as life-enrichment, advanced mental discipline, and delayed-adulthood for the clergy, for serious scholars, and for the prosperous elites.
I've often wondered how many of the great technical advances and discoveries in the Peoples Republic of China, India, and even the Republic of Korea and the Republic of China are made by their citizens trained in our schools.
When I got out of the Army in '71 (later to re-join), I found that many of the jobs required a four-year college degree. Even general office work, or sales, or semi-technical jobs, or oh-so-many others that really didn't seem to need a college degree.
I figured even then that the four-year college degree had become the high school diploma of just a few years before when I had joined the Army.
Of course, a lot of folks were going to/staying in college to keep from being drafted, so I've wondered about the resulting cause and effect -- More people with four-year degrees, easier to make the degree a "requirement." The oversupply drove the increased demand. (Draft dodgers, I mean avoiders, also seemed to try to stay in school longer, resulting in more law degrees and MBAs, creating even MORE problems for the nation).
College Graduates should be able to change the bag in a vacuum cleaner and empty a mop bucket. I have seen many that turn on a vac and when a cloud of dirt flies out, cough, sneeze and push the thing back and forth anyway just oblivious to the mess.