Georgia has some big races coming up this year. There’s a governor’s race and a hotly contested Senate race to fill the seat left vacant with the retirement of Establishment Republican Saxby Chambliss.
The issue of education, or should I say the lack thereof, came up in the Georgia US senate race. “A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia criticized a fellow primary opponent for having only a high school degree. David Perdue, a businessman and first-time candidate for office, was touting his experience and education to a group of voters in January when he made a reference to ‘a high school graduate in this race.’”
Perdue was referring to former Secretary of State Karen Handel:
“I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, OK? I’m sorry, but these issues are so much broader, so complex. There’s only one candidate in this race that’s ever lived outside the United States. How can you bring value to a debate about the economy unless you have any understanding about the free enterprise system and how — what it takes to compete in the global economy?”
Handel seems to have done well without a college education while she was Secretary of State. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland do not have college degrees.
By the way, Jimmy Carter has a college degree. So do Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, and Eric Holder. How is their higher education working out for us?
There are a number of congressmen who do not have college degrees. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported in 2011 “that about 25% of the nation’s nearly 7,400 state legislators do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher.”
Mark Peter Begich, the junior United States Senator from Alaska, did not graduate from college. Abraham Lincoln never went to college. Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, dropped out of Marquette University. His fiscal policies have put the state in the black.
Since when is a college degree a requirement for political office? It’s not, and it never should be.
We may not have gotten the iPhone or iPad if Steve Jobs had completed college. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg aren’t college graduates. Neither are Michael Dell of Dell Computers or Larry Ellison of Oracle.
Consider these ten:
1. Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company. Dropped out of high school at 16.
2. Amadeo Peter Giannini, multimillionaire founder of Bank of America. Dropped out of high school.
3. Andrew Perlman, co-founder of GreatPoint. Dropped out of Washington University to start Cignal Global Communications, an Internet communications company, when he was only 19.
4. Ashley Qualls, founder of Whateverlife.com, left high school at the age of 15 to devote herself to building her website business. She was more than a million dollars by 17.
5. Billy Joe (Red) McCombs, billionaire, founder of Clear Channel media, real estate investor. Dropped out of law school to sell cars in 1950.
6. Bob Proctor, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and co-founder of Life Success Publishing. Attended two months of high school.
7. Carl Lindner, billionaire investor, founder of United Dairy Farmers. Dropped out of high school at the age of 14.
8. David Geffen, billionaire founder of Geffen Records and co-founder of DreamWorks. Dropped out of college after completing one year.
9. David Green, billionaire founder of Hobby Lobby. Started the Hobby Lobby chain with only $600. High school graduate.
10. David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue airlines. Dropped out of college after three years.
The nine members of the Supreme Court are college graduates. They all attended either Harvard or Yale. These judges have made some of the most horrendous decisions, everything from abortion to ObamaCare.
The best and the brightest college graduates sent American youth to the rice paddies and jungles of Vietnam. 58,000 of them have their names engraved on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
These college graduates are spending us into oblivion, refuse to balance the budget, steal money from productive citizens in the name of social justice and income equality. College graduates gave us ObamaCare.
Maybe it’s time that we have fewer lawyers, less college, and more constitutional common sense.