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They Said Go To College: “It Seems Something Went Wrong On The Road To Riches”

Belushi College

This article was written by James Quinn and originally published at The Burning Platform

When I graduated from college in 1986 it was easy to get a job. The economy was booming and 82% of college graduates had a job. The other 18% were probably raising kids because their college educated spouse made enough to raise a family. The mantra for my entire life has been – go to college and you’ll get a good paying job. It seems something went wrong on the road to riches. The percentage of college graduates with jobs has been falling for the last 30 years and has been plummeting since 2008. It is now at an all-time low of 74.3%. Shouldn’t these people have obtained jobs since the government tells us the unemployment rate has dramatically dropped from 10% to 5.5% since 2009?


Not only is college graduate labor participation at record lows, but those getting jobs didn’t need a college degree in the first place to get that job, in the majority of cases. A new Careerbuilder survey indicates that though the majority of Class of 2014 college graduates are currently working, 51% of that group are in jobs that don’t require a degree. This is up dramatically from the 38% found in the 2010 US Census survey. The Careerbuilder survey also found that only 36% of 2014 college graduates had obtained full-time permanent jobs. The findings are as follows:

  • 65 percent of recent college grads are employed (of these, 36 percent are in full-time, permanent positions; 17 percent are in part-time, permanent positions; and 12 percent are in temporary/contract positions). Fifty-one percent are in jobs related to their college major.
  • 4 percent are in internships.
  • 31 percent are not working at all (although many in this group haven’t started their job search or are already back in school to pursue a higher degree). Of this group, not even half (43 percent) say they’re currently looking for a job.
  • Only 44 percent expect to make more than $30,000 their first year out of college.


So we have less and less college graduates being employed, a majority of college graduates ending up with jobs that don’t require a college degree, many getting part-time temp jobs, and even if they get a job their wages are low. What did Obama and his minions do in 2009? They take over the entire student loan program for the country and proceed to dole out $600 billion of new student loans to anyone who could fog a mirror, let alone add or subtract. Millions have been lured into irreversible chains of debt over the last six years in order for Obama to artificially lower the reported unemployment rate, while pumping billions into consumer spending through a devious backdoor method. Now the brilliant summa cum laude graduates of the University of Phoenix are pouring into the marketplace with $30,000 of student loan debt and interviews at Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, and TGI Fridays.


Student loan debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion and the American taxpayer is now on the hook. At least 30% of the outstanding debt is already in default or deferral. The students are left with a debt burden that can’t be written off by declaring bankruptcy, very few jobs in their fields of study, wages that can barely cover the debt payments, and no chance of ever owning a home. They were told by their parents, politicians, and the mainstream media that college was the path to prosperity. They were lied to.

The Federal Reserve and the politicians in Washington D.C. have destroyed our economy with their debt based solutions and vast array of laws, regulations, and taxes, which have drained the life out of our financial system. The number of good paying new jobs for college graduates will continue to decline, but the amount of government backed student loans continues to go up by $5 billion per month. Those who have been unwittingly convinced college was a great idea, will pay for the rest of their lives. Or at least until the $500 billion taxpayer bailout when future president Clinton or Bush decides to relieve the burden of potential voters in a future election. Our hole is deep, but we just keep digging deeper. And the vested interests get richer as students and taxpayers go deeper into debt. They like the system just as it is.


Brandon Smith


One comment

  1. Thomas Jefferson: “I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”

    The education issue, it is really a deliberate economic issue using things like “Free” Trade, NAFCA, CAFCA, and the rest of the alphabet they created to destroy America from within. Think not, read Free Trade Agreement, and the rest of those documents.

    They were created to bring the USA down to the 3rd world country level. Then Americans would not fight, only feel helpless and worried. Little do they know us. Consider it just another betrayal in a long list of betrayals by those who “represent” us. They WILL be prosecuted for their crimes against the American people, and there is no where on the earth we will not find them for their actions.

    So how do we stop this and start bringing our country back into the America it was and can be again?

    “… the US “has already paid $260 billion in interest on the war debt,” and future interest payments would amount to trillions of dollars.” (Feb 12, 2014)

    Your children, and your grandchildren, will be paying billions upon billions of dollars for George W. Bush’s criminally misguided wars and for Barack Obama’s ill-advised escalation of the war in Afghanistan… (March 29, 2013)


    We were warned and the US Constitution says we can use the US Military ONLY for DEFENSE of our nation, which is why Bush, and others, always lied. It is also why they (Bush’s, Clinton’s, Dempsey, Panetta, etc) wanted our US Military to become the UN Military arm.

    James Madison: “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few… The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

    Instead of spending Trillions on unlawful wars we could rebuild our internal business structure, literally GIVE a grant of $150,000 to anyone starting up an industry here in the USA such as steel mills, concrete, plastics, rubber, building our own NON spy tech boards, you know industries. Shoes, clothing, etc all here within the USA. Stop buying any type of foreign goods and get our nation going again. There will be all those empty corporate, etc buildings also when we kick them out of the USA and not allow their goods to be sold here (prosecute for treason the ones we can also) that can be put to good USA use by Americans.

    Of course a side benefit is that those serving within the legislative branch are PERSONALLY responsible for the wars that they started (if still alive) and the “newer” members for NOT STOPPING them as was their constitutionally assigned duty so we should get a few billion $$ there too. Let them live on the streets for awhile if they are not in prisons or given the death penalty for their criminal and treasonous behavior (some have not, few) as they did to the Americans who lost their homes, etc due to their betrayals.

    Judges must also be removed as they have been “creating” their own laws instead of enforcing the US Constitutional laws and making sure that all were/are in Pursuance thereof” it as they are REQUIRED to do. Thank God that the framers put the “Good Behaviour” requirement in so we can prosecute them for THEIR crimes and treasonous activity.

    Even if we do not have lots of “greenbacks”, now is an excellent time to start an alternate currency that we an operate those industries and businesses under. That would make the “fall” from the (unlawful) greenbacks much easier on the people. So I guess we will need alternative banking also. Maybe start a trade account there between businesses, people, etc? That could be used.. say for American grocery/etc stores within each state for food, clothing, etc. Maybe even exchange and track labor “dollars”, where for every hour of labor a person receives X that is useable for groceries, etc???

    Brandon – would those work? And because the Oathkeepers is nation-wide, maybe create an exchange between states for those moving to different states since the Militia is each in its own state – though useable in others and nationwide for defense of the nation?

    Most important make Militia Bucks that are useable in ANY state for any American business item(s)?

    Not only educate, but bring back apprenticeships.

    This is our nation, and we do not need to “feed” the feds!

    We need to care for ourselves in every way possible as a nation, assist each other, etc. As George Washington said so well about us needing our own “manufactories”.

    George Washington: “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”

    It IS up to us.

    God Bless everyone!

    Molon Labe!

    If there were never intended to be action to defend the Constitution from those who are domestically attempting to destroy its power and authority, why would each Oath require it of those who take the Oaths?

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