Most of the statistics used are total garbage. The government can’t even figure out how to count how many people there are, or what the unemployment rate is, but you people believe they can figure out unemployment+education levels? Also, even without relative weight numbers, do those percentages look like they match up with the actual unemployment rate that the government is copping to, of about 9%? You should already know that we are around 20% actual unemployment when you count everybody. But those ridiculously low numbers obviously do not conform to reality. They are generally using very old data and excluding “problem” groups that would ruin the percentages they want to report. Actually, I can take any experts statistics or testimony and just change it to whatever I want it to say, and have that hold up as legal evidence in court. When you don’t have to adhere to evidentiary rules, it becomes even easier to report whatever you want it to say. At least I have people actively looking to challenge what I do, who is challenging the government statistics and actually reviewing methodology, error, presentation, data set (length of time, scope, etc.) and reporting accuracy?
The major argument is another great lie perpetuated by the media and the government. We have more than enough science and math grads in the US…that nobody hires because it’s cheaper to hire an H1-B Visa applicant and then replace them after a 6 months to a year for another cheap applicant. India especially has enough top applicants to choose from, they have most of the top IT universities right now actually too. Science grads mostly get stuck in $30k post doc jobs for the rest of their lives, occasionally giving up and going to law school where they then glut the patent attorney market.
Obama and actually both the right and left enjoy perpetuating a myth of sending everyone to higher education so that they will have jobs. These jobs of course are expected to show up magically. In reality, all politicians figure if they tell you to go to school that’s at least 4 years where they don’t have to deliver anything. Incidentally, that’s about all they need.
I’m all for people looking at their own statistics and figuring things out on their own, but just make sure you are thinking critically and being very cynical and skeptical of data that is presented to you. Look at the biases of the people reporting the statistics and figure out what would force them to be accurate and provide the full truth. I can tell you that most people lie on the witness stand even though they take oaths and are theoretically threatened with jail time for lying. So ask yourself why a school, the media, or politicians would volunteer the correct information if it is contrary to their interests, without any threats to them.