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Jobs, education, and Generation Y’s huge mistake

[Thanks to the always charming Nikki for the inspiration]

I’ve made a huge mistake.

Yesterday, some other 24-year-old wrote exactly how I feel in the New York Times. Well, not exactly. He focused more on the international atmosphere in which the current economic recession affects our dear 20-somethings. However, one paragraph stood out:

The cost of youth unemployment is not only financial, but also emotional. Having a job is supposed to be the reward for hours of SAT prep, evenings spent on homework instead of with friends and countless all-nighters writing papers. The millions of young people who cannot get jobs or who take work that does not require a college education are in danger of losing their faith in the future. They are indefinitely postponing the life they wanted and prepared for; all that matters is finding rent money. Even if the job market becomes as robust as it was in 2007 — something economists say could take more than a decade — my generation will have lost years of career-building experience.

For most of our Generation Y lives, we were told that if we studied hard, got a good education, and didn’t do drugs, that we would come out on top. Well, we did those things (except maybe some of the drugs), and so far the brightest minds of our generation are working part time at coffee shops to make ends meet.

Where is the promise of good grades at good schools leading to good jobs? Perhaps it is a flaw of our generation that we think we’ve been promised something. But then again we were. We thought we had struck a deal, like some sort of verbal contract: “stay in school, don’t do drugs, get a good education, and you’ll do great.” After all, that is what we were told in by oh so many afterschool specials or ABC TGIF shows. The dumb jocks may win now, but that’s alright, that’s OK, you’re going to work for us some day.

Except no one is working for you unless you’re managing a Starbucks or paying freelance writers $50 an article to review a restaurant where a meal costs $75 and you don’t reimburse.

More and more, people like David Brooks are telling us that grades don’t matter. And it is just so fucking frustrating. As I said before:

After 21 years of struggling and striving to get the top grades, top SAT score, top extracurriculars, the last thing you want to hear is about how you shouldn’t have worked hard for good grades.

We did RABDARGAB in elementary school, did educational summer camps in middle school, and made national merit finalist in high school. We did practice SAT classes, applied for awards, and did every little thing with the hope that one day it would pay off. If I had known then what I knew now, I wouldn’t have been afraid to drink in high school. Or even more in college.

We were promised our work would pay off. That our education was an investment. Well, now we’re coming to collect and finding the bank empty.

We just want a job. A good, old fashioned 9-5 way to feel like you can contribute to society. We want a way to start a life. But now you have to be an unpaid intern for like a year first, if you even get a job after that.

This situation could possibly be ameliorated by raising the pay and stature of teachers. Top college grads don’t seem to have much of a problem working for less pay at admirable non-profit jobs, so why don’t we try to view teaching the same way. Impressive non-profit positions are competitive and command respect, and have the promise social and vocational benefits in the long run. If we could raise teaching to a similar status, this would both ensure that teachers come from the cream of the crop and reward the hard work of those students.

But who the hell would want to be a teacher? Teaching is denigrated as a lazy job. And new teachers aren’t given support to train them for their positions.

Top notch graduates could prove to be an excellent resource of great teachers, but no one wants to go to a job where you are underpaid, disrespected by students and society, and get little training to even do your job right.

Another potential fix would be to guarantee a minimal degree of health coverage for people in the 20s.  The lack of a safety net is a barrier against launching one’s own business or becoming an entrepreneur. The sheer need for some sort of health coverage drives people to get a minimal job that doesn’t put educated talents to use. Simply ensuring some sort of basic level of protection could encourage a new generation of self-made businesspeople.

But rather than focus on the next generation of workers,politicians apparently think that the biggest threats to our nation are Muslims bringing shampoo on planes and the deficit, even though there is no noticeable affect on the bond market. But we can’t raise taxes on the rich back to where they were in the ’90s to make up for that deficit. So instead we have to cut jobs, like teachers or state historians. Not to mention this compounding with the problem of  private companies outsourcing and computerization of white collar jobs.

So now we have a generation of overeducated, underpaid, 20-somethings who desperately try to hold onto the fun of our youth because the reality is too depressing to confront. And because we actually have time to waste.

We don’t have jobs, but we have blogs, bands, and computer games. We don’t have the money to start families so we move back in with our parents. We hang out with our friends, and try to hold on to our past, because then at least we can pretend it is acceptable to not have a high paying, respectable job with a future. If we act like we’re still in college, then we don’t wonder why our degrees haven’t fulfilled the unspoken verbal contract of our youth, and can hope that it will get better.

When we’re getting high, we don’t contemplate whether our entire lives up to this point were wasted on fruitless academic endeavors.

But then the media accuses us of being a bunch of manchildren with arrested development. And the only appropriate response is: I’ve made a huge mistake.

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Burn Down John Culberson’s Twitter Account

Rep. Culberson is awfully proud of his Twitter account. He does it all the time. But if you don’t like what he has to say, its an awfully embarrassing outlet for one awful congressman.

Luckily, Twitter allows users to respond to other people’s tweets. Thus resulted in this day-long exchange between Culberson and various Rice persons.

johnculberson Very disappointing to see Sen Snowe become an enabler for Pelosi/Obama/Reid’s plan to nationalize health care & turn America into France about
3 hours ago from web

notABBY @johnculberson i’m very disappointed that you’re my representative to congress, but we can’t always get what we want. eh bien, c’est la vie!
about 3 hours ago from web

paulbtucker RT YES! @notabby: @johnculberson i’m very disappointed that you’re my representative to congress, but we can’t always get what we want.
about 3 hours ago from DestroyTwitter

evan7257 RT @notabby: @johnculberson i’m very disappointed that you’re my representative to congress, but we can’t always get what we want. || Yeah!
about 2 hours ago from web

TheRevDoctor RT @notABBY: @johnculberson i’m very disappointed that you’re my representative to congress, but we can’t always get what we want.
about 2 hours ago from Tweetie

evan7257 @johnculberson If we turn into France, does that mean we can lower the drinking age and get high speed rail? That would be nice. Get workin’
about 2 hours ago from web in reply to johnculberson

johnculberson When the fed govt decides when & how much to pay for which procedures, they run health care. Now imagine Texas Med Center run by fed gov’t.
about 2 hours ago from web

evan7257 @johnculberson Doesn’t that already happen via Medicare and Medicaid and VA? Do we need to get rid of those? Get workin’ on it!
about 2 hours ago from web in reply to johnculberson

johnculberson Solution is reduce cost of health care – make it portable & affordable NOT to nationalize it. Imagine MD Anderson Cancer Ctr run by fed gov!
about 2 hours ago from web

johnculberson @evan7257 And the French apparently have lower cholesterol than we do from drinking more wine than we do!
about 2 hours ago from web in reply to evan7257

[Woah woah woah. Did John Culberson just encourage more people to drink wine? Is that our health care solution, drink more wine? I’ve heard of some bad ideas before… BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM! More wine for everyone!!!]

paulbtucker @johnculberson they DO have many, better health outcomes, including that pardox. but your idiotic tweets are not helping the case, btw.
about 2 hours ago from DestroyTwitter in reply to johnculberson

evan7257 @johnculberson I know! Make wine more available. Tax credits for wine and taxi expenses, to cut down on drunk driving.
about 2 hours ago from web in reply to johnculberson

mysticfeline @johnculberson I think it’s based more the absence of fried twinkies and congressmen opposed to allowing citizens healthcare.
about 1 hour ago from web in reply to johnculberson

johnculberson @paulbtucker Dist. 7 emails, phone calls faxes etc running 76% no, 24% yes; feds will run Tx Med Ctr, MD Anderson Cancer Ctr etc = disaster
about 1 hour ago from web in reply to paulbtucker

paulbtucker @johnculberson what about a poll on, you know, reality? who’s nationalizing anything? the bill is very, very moderate. Give fear a break.
about 1 hour ago from DestroyTwitter

johnculberson @paulbtucker Common sense: If feds decide when&how much to pay for which procedures, then feds control health care= feds run Tx Medical Ctr
about 1 hour ago from web in reply to paulbtucker

evan7257 @johnculberson Dont they already make those decisions via Medicare and Medicaid? And would everyone use the public option? I vote, answer me
about 1 hour ago from web in reply to johnculberson

paulbtucker @johnculberson speaking of your email, would you mind making that address public, so we can continue this privately?
about 1 hour ago from DestroyTwitter in reply to johnculberson

paulbtucker @johnculberson what’s the CBO score on common sense? I didn’t see that, my bad.
about 1 hour ago from DestroyTwitter in reply to johnculberson

evan7257 @paulbtucker No! Keep the discussion the public. Its fun to watch.
about 1 hour ago from web in reply to paulbtucker

notABBY @johnculberson 3/10 most expensive cities for health care are in TX & we pay $2800 above nat’l avg for coverage; feds cannot be worse @ this
about 1 hour ago from web

paulbtucker @notabby @johnculberson when we are widely lauded for our low cost of living otherwise. i’m looking for other options, public or not.
about 1 hour ago from DestroyTwitter in reply to notABBY

gracewichmann RT @notABBY: @johnculberson i’m very disappointed that you’re my representative to congress, but we can’t always get what we want.
8 minutes ago from web

So, still no answer from Culberson about how Medicare and Medicaid are federal programs, nor about how the bill would force everyone onto a federal plan. I guess he only uses Twitter when its convenient for him.

Also, I’m not quite sure if he understood sarcasm, or if he legitimately was encouraging more people to drink or what.

Well, thus goes government. America is going to turn into France and more people need to drink wine and the federal government will control all of health care under this bill, as they do in France.

[Also, in case I was laying it on too thick, France does not have a single payer system, as the British do. Rather, they have mandatory insurance via non-profit agencies. Patients pay the cost and then later recoup them via insurance. They also have choice of where and when to receive care. And according to that leftist rag, Businessweek, France’s private/public mix is pretty good

So, apparently, Culberson has no idea what the French health care system is like. He just uses France as an epithet for anything bad or “socialist,” whatever that means.

In reality, what Culberson fears is something like the British system. But “Turning America into Britain” isn’t really as big an insult

My Congressman is an idiot, or thinks that everyone else is an idiot.]

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