Friday, September 18, 2015

Egghead Nation

I've heard that Bernie Sanders wants to bail out folks who've racked up tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt acquiring a college degree. When will these socialist eggheads finally realize that investing in our intellectual infrastructure yields high dividends, in that people who graduate from college go on to higher paying jobs, and thus pay a lot more in taxes over their lifetime. I've heard that for every dollar invested, the government gets back seven dollars.

Sounds like a great deal, right? Think again. Does this country need more ivory tower liberal eggheads running around making the rest of us feel inferior? Seriously, what we need are more uneducated working class joes. Why? Because an oversupply of low wage labor will drive the cost of said labor even lower! Which is what the plutocrats want.

Think about it. While I admit I'm a big advocate of job-killing free trade, another option would be to drive down wages for working class folks to what they pay in 3rd world hellholes. Then, instead of shipping our jobs overseas, the plutocrats could pay Americans extremely low wages. And not have to ship the manufactured goods back here to the US. If you want your jobs back, American workers, I say you need to work for a lot less.

Yet we've got Democrat socialists like Bernie Sanders wanting to pay workers a living wage of $15 bucks an hour? Why not $500 an hour I say. Seriously, why is nobody is suggesting this? Perhaps because it's a total strawman? I mean, if increasing the minimum wage to any ridiculously high amount has no discernible negative effect on employment, why be so skinflint? Let's go for it.

On the other hand, if we want to bring jobs back to America, we could stop educating our kids all together. Bring in the docs and lawyers from foreign countries and let American born workers fight for incredibly crappy and extremely low paying jobs. Then the plutocrats won't be forced to go overseas to hire desperate people willing to work for pennies a day.

Because American workers will be desperate enough to work for pennies a day. And America will become a 3rd world hellhole. While the plutocrats retreat to their gated communities protected by hired security. I don't know about you, but it sounds like a decent plan to me.

Frankly I think it's past time we stop subsidizing college tuitions, as doing so only makes matters worse, in that it only enhances our intellectual infrastructure and pays the taxpayer back seven-fold. Good at first blush, but it takes away individuals from the low-wage pool, thus costing business owners more in higher wages. Would it not be better to leave college for the kids of rich people? And, yes, it's a rhetorical question.

Byline: This commentary was authored by Willis "I Love Strawmen" Hart. Purveyor of strawmen. LLIN-181.

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