Education = Employment

While the overall national unemployment rate is 8.1%, there is a wide disparity based on education levels.

College graduates have a rate of 4.1%, those with two year of college are at 6.6%, high school graduates are at 8.8%, and high school dropouts are at 12%.

Anybody can end up unemployed, but if you have a college degree you have one-third the risk of a high school dropout.

That Was Then, This Is Now

Rick Savonarola Santorum is now attacking President Obama for — wait for it — wanting Americans to go to college:

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college.  What a snob!

“There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor.  That’s why [President Obama] wants you to go to college.  He want to remake you in his image.”

But back in 2006, Santorum’s web site said this* under “Commitment to Higher Education”:

“In addition to Rick’s support of ensuring that primary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania are equipped for success, he is equally committed to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education.”

So Santorum was for higher education before he was against it because President Obama is for it.

This anti-intellectual strain in the GOP is as obnoxious and off-putting as their anti-women strain.  Santorum is leading the charge on both.

*”Flashback:  In 2006, Rick Santorum Wanted To Send All Pennsylvanians To College,” Evan McMorris-Santoro, Talking Points Memo