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Some statistics that you may want to consider... http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm/
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.
Its an interesting point... I do have an electrical engineering degree... that's table stakes for getting into my industry... but I have NEVER used most of my math/engineering knowledge. Now, my political science and philosophy courses, on the other hand, have proven to be extremely valuable in terms of global understanding and critical thinking.
There are a select few entrepreneurs who can make it without college in this society. For most of us, however, we need the connections and knowledge that come from a 4 year degree to adequately provide for our families.
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