Friday, October 31, 2008

The Redistribution of Education

Few things are more important to each individual's future success or to our nation's prosperity than education.Mark Kennedy

Education is the secret to success in the modern world. Sure, some will get lucky and win the lottery or develop Velcro or Liquid Paper, but overall a good education gets you ahead in this world. We would not know of Barak Obama had he not been a Harvard Law School graduate. Obama has seen great injustice because wealth in this country is disproportionately held. This seems logical to me because some work and some do not. Obama wants to provide a tax refund for those making less than $250,000 a year (although Biden is now saying those less than $150,000 a year). Heck, many of those making less than $150,000 a year don’t pay taxes. In fact, they profit from Earned Income Credits and other entitlements. I think Obama is wrong. Let me explain.

The secret to success is education. Education is too hard for some (you have to get up before the crack of noon). Thus, since so many are educationally-deprived, what needs to happen is a redistribution of education. We should draw the line somewhere in the community college setting. People who have Bachelor’s degrees should give 2 years of their education to the educationally unfortunate. Those of us with MDs, JDs, and PhDs should give up 4 years of education. I have a Master’s degree I don’t use often. I’ll donate it to the less fortunate among us. Then, after there has been a redistribution of education, the world will be right. I think nurses with 2 year degrees should give up a few months of education while nurses with 4 year degrees give up the basic 2 years. The more you benefit society, the more education you should share. Some paramedics don’t have degrees. But, they must do their part because of their medical knowledge. Thus, paramedics should have mandatory babysitting responsibilities so that the educationally-challenged can leave their five kids with a skilled provider so they can party at the local night club.

Thus, the secret to the current economic woes is not a redistribution of wealth, but a redistribution of education. John Edwards never got it (all right, he got some, but that is not what I mean). He spoke eloquently of the two Americas—the “haves” and “have nots.” Surely he could share his net worth of $29.5 million with the less fortunate (or move a gaggle of crack babies into his 28,200 square foot house). Edwards spoke of two worlds, yet lives extravagantly. Ted Kennedy champions energy independence, yet would not allow off-shore wind mills to obstruct the view from his family “compound” in Hyannisport. The rich politicians want everybody else to share, but not them.

So, I believe the “Voodoo Medicine Man Economic Recovery Plan” is the soundest advice out there. Let’s get to the root of the problem and share our education. It is the American thing to do. Give an inner city high-school drop out 2 years of your education and all will be well.

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