Where was I? Ahh, yes…. performing a rhetorical exercise with The Batman.
When it comes to that college thing, now it’s a whole new ball game. Not only is it expected you go, it’s expected that you finish in order to earn more than the poor guy waiting for the 2 minute warning on your french fries. ( and no offense, guy…I’ve been there ) Beep! Your future is cooked!
Let’s not even get into how many people I know, and even respect, that spent 5 years in school to end up with a _____-studies degree. Or an Arts degree, or a Sociology degree. Ask some of the people you know what their degree is in, odds are there is a 50/50 shot it has nothing to do with what they are actually doing. The degree has become a formality. Like an ugly erotic dancer, sure…. they are there, but nobody looks at them.
Add to this the generation after mine, the flip flop generation. They received trophies for tee ball. They all finished first. Heck, they even got rid of A’s and F’s. Imagine the surprise of these kids walking off the graduation stage…. full of vim and vigour, ready to “be the change you’ve been waiting for”. Now if they’re lucky they constructing sandwiches at Subway, saying… “Here’s the change you’ve been waiting for”.
There are now countless young folks out there with worthless degrees… all expecting an awesome job, instant respect, and a huge automatic salary. It’s bad enough there are millions like me…. now there are millions like them, too.
So back to my math problem. There are a vast number of people, regardless of faith, political belief, gender, sexual persuasion and race, all wondering what happened. All the things that were supposed to be done were done. All the blanks checked. But jobs and money, even a plan for the future, are as elusive as the mysterious Sasquatch. But not for the New Elites – same as the Old Elites – working for the same machinery that foreclosed your home, denied you a loan, sued you for your debt, and then threw you out like a Big Gulp at a Bloomberg rally. All while the very ones who used the old system to be successful insist that we change to a new one.
That’s why there are millions looking at the “1%”… because it’s true, many of them don’t work any harder than you do. They are no smarter, no more courageous, than you or I. Increasingly they are the new Aristocrats… born to wealth and entitled to opportunity.
The path to prosperity has been made much more narrow. The only problem is that those progressives in media, politics, and universities, are the very ones who made it so. In the name of fairness and a free lunch we have all been denied our birthright as Americans. To succeed or fail, as many times as we can stand it, in order to make our own path.
The problem is not that we have been duped by the Old System, we have become dupes for the New One.