Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beebe Calls for Doubling of College Graduates

The Governor says there is no room in the budget for any tax cuts except perhaps to shave another penny from the sales tax. Perhaps that's because he has an ambitious agenda of doubling the number of college graduates in the state.

Will that help grow the economy of the state? How could it when we can't even find suitable jobs for the college graduates we have now? I just had an engineer friend take a job on the east coast. Lot's of college graduates have and are working in jobs that don't require the degree simply because they want to live here and its all the job they can get.

It's madness to think that doubling the number of college graduates will grow the economy. It will be a tremendous expenditure of resources, and if they want suitable jobs they will simply move elsewhere. In effect, we would be subsidizing the tax base of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We may even have to go to surrounding states and offer their young people scholarships in order to find enough bodies to fulfill the goal. There are only so many young people in this state who want, or in truth are cut out for, college.

We have to get the industry first. We have to grow our business base first. Then we can let Texas pay for educating them while we get them to move here once they become taxpayers.

I have been saying this stuff for years, and I am finally hearing it said some out there, but it seems like the guys on top are the last to know sometimes.


Blogger Linton said...

Our focus on college in this country is absurd. Some people should never go. And many graduates are discovering that some of their degrees aren't that valuable.

Schools should give students the neccessary tools if they choose to go on to college, but more than anything they should give kids a well rounded enough education for them to decide for themselves what the heck they want to do.

11:35 AM, January 12, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More kids are going b/c there's easy money out there for it, plain & simple, and also, sometimes they even have money left over to buy a pick-up truck.

9:28 AM, January 13, 2011  
Blogger Linton said...

Crap. I need a new truck. I've got to find me one of these college kids......

11:23 AM, January 13, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you need a new truck, what good is finding one of these college kids? You'd then have to feed it, walk it every day, give it a bath, and get it out of jail in the middle of the night.
Find a truck, not a kid.

7:59 AM, January 14, 2011  

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