Originally Posted by RonBoyd
I am more and more impressed with Kotlikoff and Burns' ability to cover all the bases.
I believe there is a huge flaw in this idea, that someone who doesn't go to college because Burns says it doesn't pay will become a highly paid plumber or pipe fitter or crane operator.
The truth is, he will likely become a marginal IT guy, or a salesman who may of may not have the talent for that, or a department store clerk. Some entrepreuneurs will hit it, but that is a talent and personality type too, jut like oil field workers or crane operators or high iron workers.
People go to college mainly because they want white collar lifestyles. They prefer working in air conditioned offices to sewers, or the frozen tundra, or flooded basements or construction sites. They want to eat luch with clean hands in an air conditioned lunchroom or restaurant insted of a hundred feet up in the air on a girder.
Most blue collar work is downright hard. Hard on your knees, hard on your skin, often dangerous. I knew that fishing in Alaska paid a lot and left a lot of down time in winter, a good setup for sure. But it is hard and dangerous, so only certain types are willing to do it. Two of my friends drowned on crabbers in their 20s.
So most of us go to State U, and avoid that rough stuff.