Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Lighter Side: Washington, education, and the end of the world

Yesterday in my principles of microeconomics course, I actually ran the students through a few models of why we go to college (get skills, get a sheepskin, find out where we "fit" in the world). This is the lighter side of those models.

I cannot believe House Republicans are actually talking about not extending a tax cut. By their own score cards with the Bush tax cuts, that is equivalent to raising taxes. I am gratified to hear Romney at least listening to his economic advisor and saying, yeah, we wish the tax cut were on the employer half, but it helps create jobs and puts money in poor and middle-class people's pockets, let's keep this thing rolling.

In other news, Washington remains as it ever was.

And life is pretty normal everywhere else too. Should we be relieved?

A student is speaking with guidance counsellor.
Student: Why should I go to college?
Counsellor: So you can get a degree.
Student: Why?
Counsellor: So you can get a good job.
Student: Why?
Counsellor: So you can make more money.
Student: Why?
Counsellor: So you can pay back your student loans.

Republican elephant in panel one affirms: We will NOT raise taxes on the richest Americans! No tax increases! It is our sacred vow!! Not now, not ever! Never!! Never!! Never!!
In panel two, he holds a payroll tax hike for the middle class and poor. He moderates: Although it's not a hard and fast rule.

News reporter at the capitol building: Washington D.C. immediately broke into debate over whether the Obama administration cause the earthquake or just failed to prevent it.

The last political comic comes from Nairobi, Kenya:
Uncle Sam panics: Financial crisis... the end of the world is nigh! Debt crisis... the end of the world is nigh! The end of the world is nigh!
Starving person: !@*$, Can you keep it low? I'm trying to survive here!

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