Dashed Hopes

From an article in NYTimes:

She had hoped Mr. Trump would raise wages and force companies to give all their employees benefits.

Oh, God.

And then people say that college education is not necessary.

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  1. And then people say that college education is not necessary.

    If you’re stupid enough to need a college degree to tell you Trump wasn’t going to raise wages and force all the companies to give benefits, you are the reason and the cause of runaway credentialism and the student loan crisis.

    Also this…woman:
    Many people interviewed went out of their way to say they did not consider themselves Trump supporters.

    Donna Burgraff, a registered independent in Chillicothe, in southern Ohio, said she finds Mr. Trump boorish. She said that he judges women on their looks and seems to thrive on embarrassing people, behavior that Ms. Burgraff, an associate professor of education at Ohio University, disapproves of.

    Ms. Burgraff did not like how Mr. Trump kept falsely asserting that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States.

    “How could that have been anything but racism?” she said.

    Still, on Election Day 2016, Ms. Burgraff voted for Mr. Trump, if reluctantly. She believed he was the better choice. And looking back she does not regret it. The tax bill has given her an extra $400 a month in her paycheck.

    “I pulled the lever for Trump, and I’m not sorry I did,” she said over lunch in Chillicothe in March. She said she planned to vote this fall for her Republican congressman, Brad Wenstrup.

    But others regretted voting for Mr. Trump and are less certain how they will vote this fall.

    Reluctant, my ass. She loved everything he did and says. What extra degree would give this mediocrity common sense? “I’m not a Trump supporter but I voted for him! The racism was just fine because I got money! Sweet!” What’s with the dumb caveats? “Oh I don’t like his potty mouth?” Do you think the woman without a college education would learn anything from this professor? What the fuck does Pidgeon Shit, Ph.D, think voting is?

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    1. Problem is, this isn’t isolated. This is the state in which kids graduate from high school. It’s what we have to work with every day. I’m so tired of having to break the shocking news that the US is a capitalist country in the classroom. Or that our healthcare is not “run by the government.” Or that we are a public university. And so on.

      I support the teacher strikes around the country. But by God, the teachers are doing a piss-poor job teaching.

      As for the professor, if she wants to vote for Trump because she gets a bigger paycheck, I disapprove but it’s not batshit crazy. I can deal with difference of opinion. But I can’t deal with complete delusion such as the kind in the quote I gave.

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      1. I support the teacher strikes around the country. But by God, the teachers are doing a piss-poor job teaching.

        As for the professor, if she wants to vote for Trump because she gets a bigger paycheck, I disapprove but it’s not batshit crazy. I can deal with difference of opinion. But I can’t deal with complete delusion such as the kind in the quote I gave.

        With the professor, there’s a nugget of a reason that actually tracks with reality.
        But to suggest that college is going to grant people this stupid common sense is absurd. And if you need as much education as this woman has to correctly figure out “Republican billionaire will attempt to give tax cut to someone making above XXXXXX, look at your paycheck and realize that’s you,” you’re quite stupid. If you need college to train you how to look at greater than/less than signs…

        Realize…she trains teachers. (Or she did, I think she’s an administrator.)

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    2. I live in southwest Ohio, and man is that professor typical of bougie suburbanites here. The Republican could be a serial killer and they’d just ask “Where’s my tax cut?” Do not give a shit about anyone but themselves even though they don’t have any actual problems in need of attention. Your characterization of the attitude being “The racism was just fine because I got money! Sweet!” is accurate.

      You’re quite right that they like some of the other stuff too. I think many people down here genuinely don’t like his boorishness, but her complaints about his racism actually don’t seem typical for this area. Tax cuts and racism is a dream come true for many. It’s not shocking that three different Charlottesville marchers came from this region, including one who is currently awaiting trial.

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      1. As somebody who came to this country and wasn’t born here, I have to say that living here tends to desensitize one to the word racism. It isn’t easy even for me, and I’m somebody with obviously uncommon intellectual cababilities, to keep straight in my head what I know about racism that actually exists and how vicious it is from all the incessant and ridiculous chatter about it. It’s like that pro-Nazi novel I wrote about earlier today. You read one and it’s shocking. You read a hundred novels like this and it gets a lot less shocking.

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        1. I get that, especially when “controversies” about a prom dress are making the news. Things really are bad over here though. My mama noticed it immediately when she moved here, and even my friend from Alabama was disappointed. Our inequality speaks for itself; white median household income is over twice that of black households. Yet many progressives here are more interested in bleating about the streetcar. Truly bizarre.

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  2. It’s not the teachers, it’s the kids. If the parents are ignorant, they will tend to have ignorant kids.

    A college eduction. Indefinite articles still elude you.

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    1. All true. 🙂 It does rest with the parents, to an enormous degree. And yes, I still can’t get the articles. What’s very funny, my Dad’s PhD dissertation was on the articles in the English language. 🙂

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      1. I’m not sure what the Dark Avenger is on about. That sentence works with or without the indefinite article.

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          1. But education is both count and non-count and in the context given the article is optional.

            College education is important.
            A college education is important.

            I agree that the version with the article might be a tiny bit more idiomatic but I can easily imagine native speakers writing it either way, it’s more a question of style than grammar.

            What’s impressive is that although Clarissa’s first language doesn’t have articles she works every day with two languages that do (and article usage in English and Spanish is often radically different).

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    2. Yes, these women have children. It’s like a circle of stupid life, in which people who have difficulty with eduction raise and educate people poorly, reinforcing people’s eduction difficulties. And I thought my difficulty with formal logic games was pathetic.

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