I believe that the spirit of the question had to do with today's economy, so I don't think that your examples are applicable. Too, I'm not sure why you inferred that I was making an argument for the government providing anything to anyone. I did not. I did, however, suggest that the breadth of education that I received has proven to be instrumental in my attaining the position that I currently hold. I'm not saying that everyone who goes to college will do well and that everyone who opts out will not. I do believe, however, that if you don't go to college the statistical deck is stacked against you.