Please, God, don’t make me smart like this Foxx

April 15, 2012

I just love this. It’s a response to just about anyone who thinks their achievements trump the realities of others in struggling to achieve as well  —of holding up what they’ve attained and how they attained it as a measure of the life circumstances of others.
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David Atkins at Hullabaloo answers Representative Virginia Foxx (Republican, of course), chair of the House Subcommittee on higher education, comments on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show.
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What FOXX said:
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“I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money. He borrowed a little bit because we both were totally on our own when we went to college, totally…I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t have it dumped in your lap.”
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Atkins then laid out his own struggles to obtain a higher education and at one point said this:
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“…having earned my way through my attainments, I feel perfectly justified in saying this: take a long walk off a short pier, Ms. Foxx. And the same to everyone else who believes as you do.”
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Actually Atkins catalogued some differences in the circumstances of a young Foxx and of young people coming up today; the kind of things so often glossed over or just ignored by those making political arguments to justify their own sense of superiority.
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1. College tuitions have soared since Foxx went to school.
2. Not everyone is privileged with a strong academic background. A lot of people struggle to get through, and society ought to give them a fair shake.
3. A $12-an-hour job isn’t exactly going to make much of a dent in a $15,000-$20,000 a year tuition.
4. I see no reason why I should show any deference or respect for a woman of such debased moral character and lack of empathy.
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But go here to get the whole of his pointed take on Ms. Fox and the whole I-got-mine-now-screw-you members of Club Condescension:
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.Jim Culleny
4/15/12
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