Good post Maschy.
The whole model here in America now is to go into massive debt to get the best degree you can to work SALARY for the best employer that you can... In other words, just shut up, keep your head down and work for "the MAN". And, "oh yeah, I'm gonnna need you to come in on.. Saturday... MmmmKaaay?... Riiight". No Overtime on Saturday, though - you're SALARY. If you're lucky you'll get a bonus. People do this because they feel LUCKY to have a job.
When I got out of prison, I got into the electrical apprenticeship (a five year program that's FREE - I even got PAID to go to school) when I was 22. By my THIRD year, I was already making more money than most of my friends who were in massive debt with college degrees.
I did that for a decade and then got into the mortgage business and used that capital to leverage ownership in several other businesses and buy a bunch of real estate that cash flows very nicely - even after property values took a hit.
The role of the small business owner here in America is being filled by people from OTHER COUNTRIES who grew up NOT drinking the cool-aid! Tell me how a person can immigrate here from Korea with 20K that their family saved up for for DECADES and start a successful small business. NOT speaking the fucking LANGUAGE half the time! And they are MILLIONAIRES in ten or fifteen years, but for regular AMERICANS with the benefit of being CITIZENS here, it simply doesn't even OCCUR to them to take HALF the money they would have spent on college and start a business with it.
It BOGGLES my poor little mind. Keep drinking the cool-aid, though - let me know how it works out as the economy worsens, unemployment rises and you need a fucking MASTERS degree to even compete for a "good job" (oh wait...)