I do love listening in on my fellow student’s conversations as we all sit around in the classroom waiting for class to start in the morning. It’s how I stay “hip” with the youth of America.
Yesterday morning was no different. There is a group of four guys in the middle of the room playing cards with another five or six standing around watching the gameplay. Others are finishing off their homework or getting in a quickie breakfast snack. But they are all discussing the same thing:
Obama’s SOTU speech.
Specifically, the “income inequality” and “raise the minimum wage” bits.
In a nutshell, they know he’s full of shit and they’re having none of it. They really don’t like the Seattle City Council’s “Socialist Alternative” member, Kshama Sawant, and her “$15 an hour NOW!” shit either.
I realize that I am in a classroom full of guys learning highly industrialized skills and that the “Culinary Arts” or “Nursing” classes probably aren’t so fed up with the populist pap just yet, but they will be soon enough when it falls on it’s face.
While not every single one of them realize it, most of these guys know that so long as they stick with the program and keep their shit straight, they can finish the course and walk into $18-20 an hour jobs within a month of getting their degree (unlike the guy spending 4 years and $60k at the University of Washington).
They also know that this is likely one of the hardest things they’ll ever have to do. Not only do they have to learn a skill that requires pro-gamer level hand-eye coordination, the degree program also includes coursework involving Trigonometry, Chemistry, Metallurgy and Electrical Theory. Guys like myself are tacking on Fabrication courses which involve wickedly strange geometric formulas and Auto-CAD. All in 15 months. Some of these guys never finished high school and are working their asses off trying to keep up AND hold down at least part-time jobs.
There is no way any of them are going to let some hare-brained socialist hand $15 an hour to someone who slings coffee in the daytime for their inspiration to write shitty poetry at night. If there is going to be a “Second Industrial Revolution” in the US, as the signs are pointing towards, there will likely also be a “fiscal conservative revival” following it up closely.
Interesting times, indeed.