You know what? I'm gonna play your little game. I am. So you want college to be free. All right. A noble goal. Just one question: HOW THE HELL DO YOU PROPOSE WE PAY FOR THAT? Again, RECESSION! The money for this has to come from somewhere. And I live in Colorado. So guess what? We have something called the TABOR amendment (stands for the Taxpayer Bill of Rights), which states that taxes CANNOT be raised, FOR ANY REASON, unless it's put to a popular vote. So, you know, it's funny; actually it would be if it weren't just so damn sad. You kinda screwed yourselves with that thinking there. You want higher education to be free, but that wouldn't be possible without a massive tax hike, which is certainly impossible in a RECESSION, but you probably wouldn't approve it anyway. Enjoying your catch-22 there, asswipes?
But enough ranting. With most of my rants, I like to put forth solutions. Sensible solutions, even though they have less chance than I have at scoring a threesome with Jessica Alba and Kristen Bell just because they're sensible. So here's my solution: stop using a college education as the end-all and be-all of basic requirements for getting a job. There are plenty of people, most likely unemployed, who have a wealth of practical experience in their field but for one reason or another don't have a college education. And they can't go back to college because they're unemployed due to the RECESSION! Start putting practical experience on par with a college degree in the relevant field. People are going to college nowadays because they pretty much have to in order to not be a burger flipper with 50 years experience by the time they die. And the time and/or energy requirements leads them to take out loans. Which can put them tens of thousands of dollars in the red. Which they can't climb out of because of the RECESSION! So treat autodidacts with the same respect as college graduates. Perhaps better. Let's look at some notable autodidacts, shall we?: Leonardo da Vinci, Terry Pratchett, Frank Zappa, Danny Elfman, Nobuo Uematsu, Stephen Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrik, Orson Welles, Ernest Hemingway, Errol Flynn, Friedrich Nietzsche, Benjamin Franklin, Socrates, Descartes, and finally Thomas Edison. If they tried to break in to their fields today they'd probably get laughed out because they didn't get a college degree. I'm not saying that a college degree isn't useful. I'm just saying that, especially during a recession, we should value the people with the drive and determination and sheer balls (or ovaries, as the case may be) to go it on their own just as much.