Kapt, I am not necessarily saying that smoking, tattoos,or piercings make anyone a bad person, but many people do stereotype and first impressions, many times, do make a difference in how you are accepted. To each his/her own on what choices to make in your life. I am saying that your choices may be limiting to your job choices in life.
Is "ignorant rednecks" an oxymoron?
dougl, all standards in society have been reduced to the lowest common denominator. When I was young, it was the responsibility of the potential employee to make a good impression and to keep jobs by being a good employee and part of that is appearance. It shouldn't be the employer's responsibility to see through the tattoos and piercings. Individuality and free expression is important, but on the job you represent the company you work for and they set the standard.
A lot of my friends (mid 20's) have bachelor degrees and are working as bartenders and food servers. I'm going to school for the first time this fall and I've learned a lot from them.
1. Don't get a degree in some stupid field that has no relevance to real life
2. Stay away from those 'for profit' schools..they're like used car salesmens when you go in there to get info...not kidding
3. Work while you attend school, even a couple days a week makes a huge $$ difference
4. Make sure you have a genuine interest for the degree you're pursuing so you don't end back up making minimum wage because you like waiting tables better :-)
I totally agree about the lack of will to do physical labor. It is fairly rare to find a young American citizen willing to break a sweat. That would change real fast, however, if the alternative was starvation.
That is why illegal immigrants work so hard. They generally come from countries that don't have the nanny state mentality. By the second generation, however, human nature combined with free care leads to an entitlement point of view.
Now we're back to the subject at hand: someone else paying for my education.
nab - I think you are on the right track, keep it up!
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Im a student right now and working. The problem for me is the competition. Sure I'm young and strong but who is going to hire me when there's a whole group of unemployed thirty-forty year olds with experience to choose from? Because of my class schedule, which is a joke, nobody wants to work with my availability. It would be great to have a fulltime job but employers see that you're a student and don't even look at your resume. The majority of students are lazy but there are quite a bit that would love to work. 12 hours a week isn't an acceptable work week, but how can you even ask for more when so many people are trying to get your job? The squeaky wheel used to get the oil first, but with such an expendable workforce, now the squeaky wheel is the first to be replaced.
Is "ignorant rednecks" an oxymoron?
No, but illiterate, lazy Hippy is
Moderator note: An Oxymoron is "jumbo shrimp" - a contradiction. Implying that these are redundant statements is off topic. Lets carry on this discussion, without the the name calling or stereotypes, how ever you both meant it.
Education is for liberal snobs who donít want to work. These people just need to learn how to use their hands. You see, the more uneducated people there are out there the stronger the Republican party will be. This is America! Where education should not be a government service, where healthcare of citizens is not a government service, where regulation of anything other than drugs should not be a government service, where we spend more on defense spending than the next 16 industrialized nations behind us COMBINED. This is America where people still buy the pathetic and FAILED principles of trickledown economics. Education at a reasonable price with government support is communism! In America we invest in war not people. Thatís what makes us the greatest nation ever! USA! USA! USA!