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Media starts to notice that those complaining loudest about college have degrees

by: Eric B.

Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 11:20:59 AM EST


The other day, we noted that the Mackinac Center's professional intern, who graduated from college, was complaining that higher education is worth supporting with state appropriation dollars, that in the end a higher degree wasn't all that valuable, and that perhaps this smelled a bit of hypocrisy. Thankfully, a couple of other folks likewise noticed it. One of them is Rick Haglund, MLive's business writer.

But it's worth noting that Skorup has a bachelor's degree, as do at least 22 of the 23 members of the Mackinac Center's policy staff. (One staffer doesn't list a degree in his bio.) Eight also have master's degrees, while one has a doctorate and four have law degrees.

The Mackinac Center is located in Midland, where 42.4 percent of the city's residents have a bachelor's degree or above, well above the state average of 25.3 percent.

Per capita income in Midland, home to the Dow Chemical Co. and lots of PhDs, was $32,185 in 2011, 26 percent above state per capita income of $25,482.

Yeah, if you don't think that Midland is a wealthier city for having a highly educated workforce there...

Still, the challenge should be issued. If a college education isn't such a big deal when it comes to earning money, those who say as such are invited to renounce their degrees, remove them from their resumes, and go out and try to find a job. The results will be most entertaining.

Eric B. :: Media starts to notice that those complaining loudest about college have degrees
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