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Rick Santorum Says College Isn’t For Everyone

Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns at a GOP gala in Nashua, N.H. (WBUR/Dominick Reuter)

Sen. Rick Santorum campaigns at a GOP gala in Nashua, N.H. (WBUR/Dominick Reuter)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum spoke at a St. Anselm College event on the economy and the election when he accused President Obama of “hubris” and “snobbery” for suggesting all American kids should attend college.

“I was so outraged at the President of the United States standing up and saying ‘Every child in America should go to college.’ Well, who are you? Who are you to say that ‘every child in America go’? I mean, the hubris of this president to think that he knows what’s best for you. I have seven kids. Maybe they’ll all go to college. But if one of my kids wants to go and be an auto mechanic, good for him. That’s a good paying job. Use your hands, use your mind.

This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those who think they know how to run our lives.

Rise up America. Defend your own freedoms. And overthrow these folks who think they know how to orchestrate every aspect of your life.”

This wasn’t the only time Santorum talked about Washington elitists taking away everyone else’s freedoms, or waging “class warfare”. But the comment on college won him the biggest applause from the crowd. This type of rhetoric would probably go farther in a different venue. In other words, any place besides a college campus forum sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal.

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  • Moonbat Hunter

    Sometimes the truth makes people angry! I did not go to college and I am doing just fine, probably better than most who did go to college. The liberalism that is injected into textbooks and lessons is a major problem, it is dumbing down the whole country, thank god the Tea Party lit a fire into the arses of the GOP, I can actually see education being handed back to local communities and deadbeat schools will no longer be subsidized on the backs of achievers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.wren Joseph C Wren

      Sure you are.   Go look at the average annual salary of college educated people and non college educated people and get back to me.   You can read, right?   Or was that not forced on you by some liberal elitist??

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BV3NEYPQ5O3HYC3FMOSFARWIU Gorgonzola

        Just curious… what was you highest level of education?  It seems to have been insufficient to provide you with basic reasoning skills.  The idea that *everyone* with a degree automagically makes more than everyone without one is simply silly.

        You might want to look up the numbers yourself, but filter out the people who took professional  degrees : medicine , law, engineering, management and science.   Then compare that set with those who received good vocational training but no four-year degree.

        Times have changed, merely getting a degree is a guarantee of nothing.  It can *help* in some cases and *hinder* in others. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2E24PY3VUL22ACUT7SXJOYTCLM NickC

      Can you give 3 real examples of “liberalism injected into textbooks”? And, if you start with evolution, never mind the other two.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BV3NEYPQ5O3HYC3FMOSFARWIU Gorgonzola

        If you’re going to simply make up pretend  answers, why did you even ask the question? 

  • Steve

    In Wisconsin you don’t even need a college degree to become Governor.  BTW Moonbat: Having never attended college, you may not be qualified to speak on the subject of schools.

  • http://twitter.com/SquidEatinDough SquidEatinDough

    Modern conservatism distilled to its most basic essence here. Reminds me of when Bill Hicks went to a Waffle House and brought along a book to read. That compelled his waitress to ask, “WHATCHOO READIN’ FOR???” Bill replied, “Well goddamn, you stumped me. Well, I read for a lot of reasons, I guess, but the main one is so I don’t end up being a fucking waffle waitress.”  To conservative dingbats, “knowin’ smart thangs = high-falutin’ devilry!” Good go, Rick. I’m thrilled you’re back in the news. Mainstream America needs to be reminded that the Cult of the Stupid is still out there, and they vote Republican.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BV3NEYPQ5O3HYC3FMOSFARWIU Gorgonzola

      For someone who fancies himself pro-education, you have a surprising lack of reading skills.  Santorum isn’t saying that education is bad.  He’s pointing out the obvious truth that a four year degree isn’t for everyone. 

      • http://twitter.com/SquidEatinDough SquidEatinDough

         I can indeed read. Can you?

        “I was so outraged at the President of the United States standing up and
        saying ‘Every child in America should go to college.’ Well, who are you?
        Who are you to say that ‘every child in America go’? I mean, the hubris
        of this president to think that he knows what’s best for you.

        This is the kind of snobbery that we see from those who think they know how to run our lives.

        Rise up America. Defend your own freedoms. And overthrow these folks
        who think they know how to orchestrate every aspect of your life.”

        He’s a maniac and you’re a pitch-black pot.

      • My2Cents

        About a month ago, Rick was in the news blaming higher education for the decline of America’s values.  He said students entered college with conservative values and left with liberal beliefs.  He also encouraged alumni not to donated to their alma maters. 

        I could not believe what I was hearing.  I wouldn’t have believed he was capable of such paranoia and foolish thinking.  Don’t be fooled, Rick is anti-education.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7BV3NEYPQ5O3HYC3FMOSFARWIU Gorgonzola

    For those expressing “outrage” – do you seriously think that it makes sense for **every** kid to get a four-year degree?  If so, why?

    • http://twitter.com/SquidEatinDough SquidEatinDough

      I guess this is like the new “death panels” to you people.

      Quick recap: Santorum’s up in arms because Obama made the same bland, non-controversial statement about children deserving better opportunities for education that every President in at least recent history has shared before. Rick, of course–in his infinite paranoia and stupidity–can’t help but view this as some bogus “Obama is overstepping his reach/Obama is an elitist” attack on his rights as a moron or something. The equally dopey and superstitious Tea-conservative crowd feels satisfactorily pandered to, their biases are confirmed yet again, and they eat it up with great gusto. It’s pretty much goddamn comedy gold and I pray to the god of frothy mixtures that Rick gets the nomination.

  • Carpediempeulla

    What baloney!! This is why internationally we’re ranked average in education! Why not hold our future to a higher standard by encouraging college for ALL!!! This is why minds that are aligned with Rick Santorum’s politics and ideology are dangerous to Our Country! As an 40 something African-American Woman currently holding down full-time employment and attending a private college full-time (weekend), along with a family, I resent everything he stands for. This is why Our Country as a whole has been seeing failures instead of prosperity. If he needs to take that ideology back to his home with his racist overtures and innuendos; he’s clearly referring to people of color, we still are the majority; this includes anybody of color, even those who prefer to identifiy with Caucasians, I’m talking about  the Native American, African-American, African, Asian and Latin Communities and any other colored ethnic identity I may have neglected to mention. He has a very dangerous mind!

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