I guess I’ve been a little off my game lately, butt in my defense, I hadn’t even noticed until Little Mo pointed out that I’ve been wasting a lot of valuable Ethernet time/space yacking about racist topics like ISIS/ISIL/IS/ISZ, Benghazi, IRS, Fast & Furious and how Putin is rebuilding the Soviet Union one country at a time. As a result, he reminded me that I’ve been giving short shrift to the more important issues facing our country, like renegade schools that are dumping Lady M’s “Healthy Lunch & Snack Programs.” Because kids just won’t eat them. So they’re hungry all the time.
So today, I’m covering one of MO’s public service appearances in a sincere attempt to apologize for my lapse.
This time she was in Atlanta at the Booker T. Washington school where she and Education Secretary Arne Duncan teamed up to promote their “Reach Higher” program which is aimed at maintaining full employment for tenured college professors.
Lady M was the star of the pep rally designed to get kids fired up to “reach higher” than high school.
She shared her personal story, as she always does, and encouraged the kids to go ahead and take out $200k in loans in order to spend 4-6 years in undergraduate school taking remedial courses that will qualify them to, well, you know, reach higher. Or something.
Of course, that kind of debt can be quite burdensome, as Lady M has explained many times in the past:
Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts. “The salaries don’t keep up with the cost of paying off the debt, so you’re in your 40s, still paying off your debt at a time when you have to save for your kids,” she says.
Butt despite that nagging concern, she also advises that they reject those big, lucrative corporate jobs in order to pursue their true bliss in one of the “helping” professions - like she and Barry did.
Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.”
And after you “give up” that big corporate job, get into one of those “helping” professions, your salary, indeed will “respond.” Or something. Of course, if you choose the right “helping” profession, the perks are awesome!
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network