Mr. President was nearby yesterday, too. First, Binghamton University, then Lackawanna College.
I listened to him on the radio. At the end of his Lackawanna College speech, he said:
You may choose a profession that doesn't pay a lot of money — you should be able to do that. And if you're giving back to the community, we should help you do it.(Applause.)
People have been able to choose professions that don't pay a lot of money for a long time. The key part is, as with everything else, they need to choose based on the true costs and benefits of such a decision. That is, they need to balance the material things they can get with the emotional satisfaction they get from the work they want to do and with the effort it will require to achieve them, and choose what is best for them.
The problem is the second part:
if you're giving back to the community, we should help you do it.
Who decides who's giving back to the community and who decides how much we should help them?
Who's this we he keeps talking about, anyway?