Funny or not so funny: our two candidates only gingerly supported the bailout (afraid to commit) but now blame each other for its failure. It's not over by a long shot. As stakes heighten, we'll scare them into accepting the power-grab.
TS mentions that old Newt would vote to accept the bailout. A week ago he was totally against it and cautioned for cooler heads to prevail. (We shouldn't rush into anything so big was the gist of his comments I heard.) I wonder what happened to change his mind?
Enough of this! I am on the road a bit today, so I am sure I will get an earful.
Been thinking on some things for a while and want to "share"....
I have known the ups and downs of the job market and the economy in my career(s), being laid off twice, been through more than one company failure and buyout. A four year degree has become more of an indoctrination of good capitalists or good leftists (or a little of both) and much more of career training than a classic liberal arts education.
And to be honest, many men may be better off in providing for their families, not with the business or engineering degree, but with a trade or skill-yet these men need a real education.
So, here is the not so modest proposal: A 2-year school for men which had a core-curriculum of theology, philosophy, history of western civ and classic literature, and a course in practical arts (cross-training the basics of the trades to follow). Majors would be in a trade: Electrician, Plumbing, Carpentry, Agriculture/animal husbandry, Engine Repair (car and small engine) etc. (any others?) These trades are somewhat recession-proof.
The campus would have student housing and a permanent chaplain and chapel. The school could have some income by selling produce/meat and services (student mechanics, electricians etc.) to the local area. A somewhat rural location with low property costs, but with some access to great population centers (apprenticeships) would be ideal.
I know this would take a bit $$$$ (maybe not the best time to start soliciting funds?), but I think this is a good idea. Does this exist (Don Bosco did this, didn't he?)
And finally, men would board at the school, but then go back to their community of origin-which I think is important. What say you all. Poke some holes, ask some questions.
Oremus pro invicem!