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February 25, 2012

Barack Obama, snob

Rick Santorum is trying to paint himself as the hero of the working class, and he got a big cheer Saturday when he blasted President Barack Obama during a conservative forum in Troy, Michigan.

"President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob," said Santorum, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. "There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren't taught by some liberal college professor."

Going to college, Santorum suggested, could lead to trouble.

"That's why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image," the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania said. "I want to create jobs so people can remake their children into their image, not his." 


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As I look across the street at the hard working non-college graduates building a new apartment building I'm reminded that all those masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other trades workers did not learn those skills in high school. They all benefited from from training and education after high school. Does that make them snobs, too?


Rick Santorum attended a 4 year university and law school. He certainly bears no criticism for that. I do hope that when recalls his years of "indoctrination" by "liberal professors" (because, according to Santorum that's what going to college is) that he does so blissfully.


some of us have taught in other western democracy and U.S. We know those
"others" graduate over 70% from 4 year
university OR vocational equivalent. The number graduating in U.S. is 20%. How many SHOULD grad? What is the GOAL?
Is this about U.S. youth being "competitive"? How? Those western democracies educate to APTITUDE=strength. After 8th grade, they do not require all subjects be pursued-they move towards goals-aptitude where youth can succeed, economically. Is "opportunity" educational, or economic? Education should be seen as vehicle, not success..


Since when does college equal a paper-pushing job? No, college should not be a requirement for a job, but we certainly should value the accumulation of knowledge and provide people from all backgrounds with the real opportunity to go, without requiring an economic decision about which degree provides the greatest return based on your amount of debt. Technical professions should not be slighted and do need to be more valued in this country, but Santorum's argument is just the opposite side of the coin where asking questions, being inquisitive, and wanting to learn more/a broader perspective are being not just undervalued but actively undermined and painted as a false classist issue. There is nothing incompatible with working manually and going to college (if one chooses) except for the way that we, as a country, and our elected leaders, have unfortunately chosen to rig the system.

Sam Spade

Santorum is on to something -- distorting the truth. Will it make people into Obama's image if they go to one year of community college? That was the minimum he stated -- and at a community college. In a competitive world, countries are as well-off as the % of their population that is relatively highly educated. Without it, Santorum will be condemning workers to live on the salaries of workers in low income countries.


As much as I dislike theocrats, Santorum is on to something here. The powers that be refuse to acknowledge that not every American is cut out to be an office cubicle dweller. Each person has unique talents and interests. People who build or fix things with their hands should be more valued than paper pushers. People who are caregivers should be more valued than bullsh*tters.


Pleazzzzzzz R's nominate Santorum to run for president!

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