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Monday, March 20, 2006
 
Addressing Another Bit of Idiocy

A student asked President Bush a particularly stupid question today:

"Mr. President, with the war in Iraq costing $19,600 per U.S. household, how do you expect a generation of young people such as ourselves, to afford college a time like this, when we're paying for a war in Iraq?"

The answer, you stupid dork, is that we are not going to present you with a bill for $19,600, whereas your college is going to ask you to pony up the money. Now the question becomes, is college worth it, and the answer is obviously yes. As to how you can afford it, you will make more income than students who do not go to college by a factor of several times. It may not seem like a big difference in your 20s but as time goes on you will outearn high school grads by a big margin.

As for the ridiculous crap about $19,600 per household, this is a common trope of the left. You only pay taxes when you make money, and you only pay serious taxes when you make serious money. So if you go on to have a high income (which I doubt in this guy's case), then yes, you will end up paying a good deal of the cost of the war. If you go on to cashier at the Food King, you won't come close to paying any of that $19,600.

A similar bunch of nuttiness was expressed over Congress raising the debt limit the other day. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth on the liberal blogs, which I found quite amusing, with some doing calculations that showed the debt limit was now $30,000 for every man, woman and child in this country. Again, this encourages people to think they personally owe this money. In fact, Bill Gates and George Clooney and P. Diddy and Terrell Owens are the ones who are going to be paying most of the money to service that debt. It's well established that the top five percent of income earners pay over 50% of all income taxes.
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