Obama is an Elitist, but is Santorum Really a Capitalist?

Rick Santorum yesterday referred to President Barack Obama as a “snob” for issuing the call that all Americans go to college.

I agree that Mr. Obama is an elitist. He is a people person, however, so I wouldn’t go as far as calling him a snob. On education, Mr. Obama is being very practical. If America is to compete in the new knowledge economy, it will need a work force educated enough to compete.

I guess Mr. Santorum would prefer that we increase the number of H1-B visas to attract foreign workers to do the jobs we can’t do because we don’t have enough trained Americans.

Santorum’s statement, at a minimum, shows he is no capitalist. The more human capital you acquire and leverage, the greater your chances of surviving an economic hit. Even if you are unemployed, with a degree and some experience combined with a network, you can consult or do other things part time during a transition. Santorum forgets that manufacturing today requires more than standing at a drill press. You need technical training evidenced by some certification. Today’s manufacturing labor has to go back to school…

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Obama is an Elitist, but is Santorum Really a Capitalist?

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    Alton:
    Just what we need–a Presidential candidate that is good at name calling!! Seriously, I agree that education is very important, and advanced education in the current environment is vital to doing many jobs. I do think that, in the United States, we need to pay more attention to technical/vocational schools and community colleges (which President Obama is also in favor of) in addition to four year colleges. Some people just aren’t well-suited to what used to be called “book learning”. This is not intended to demean those people or suggest that they are less of a human being in any way. It’s just that we are all born with different abilities and skill sets, some of which work with better with four year college training, and some of which work better with technical/vocational training (auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers, welders, etc.). For example, I was an electronic installation technician for a while, and I could do that job, but I’m much better as a system designer and project manager. Others are good at sales or managing large corporations. Each job or career path needs a different educational background.

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