For high school students who may no longer have access to student loans, thanks to the machete budget moving through Congress, there's lots of opportunity in the war industry. Here's a story from today's New York Times featuring 19-year-old Katherine Jordan of Lyndon, Kansas who is the latest casualty of the war on insurgents and the war on education.
After months of basic training, Private Jordan may not know all the facts but she knows her mission:
"I don't know all the facts as much as I should," said Private Jordan, of the First Armored Division, 501st Forward Support Battalion, as she sat in her childhood home here. "What I know is that we're protecting our country still. We're concentrating on keeping insurgents away from the United States."
It's a good thing our illustrious Secretary of Education and her hatchet men and women in Congress have convened a Commission on the Future of Higher Education to ensure that young high school students like Private Jordan are never subjected to the liberal views of academics who might actually teach her something. You see, the biggest cuts in the history of the federal student loan program will provide the U.S. government with the manpower to operate the new and improved weapons systems for a long time to come. And, cuts to universities for R&D on things like biological and physical science will help fund priorities like military weapons development and NASA.
"The trend is part of a shift in which the federal government is expanding research funding for new hardware such as warships, battlefied robots, and a replacement for the aging Space Shuttle fleet. It comes at the expense of the general scientific research in the physical and life sciences that has been the traditional focus of the nation's research universtities, and a cornerstone of Boston's colleges, universities, and development laboratories."
"Government research and development grants have been credited with breakthroughs that improve everyday life. They have led to the Internet, for example, and cutting-edge medical procedures."
Private Jordan's parents say they won't be getting much sleep while their daughter is in Iraq but the rest of us can sleep well knowing our leaders are doing all they can and being all they can be while holding educators accountable for our economic future.