Move over, Bush Derangement Syndrome. Scott Walker has arrived.
In that same recent interview, Walker stated, “I’ve got a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests, and I think that is worth more than anything else that anybody can point to.”
No one who graduated the third grade takes “a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests” as an actual claim to an advanced college degree. But here we are.
Gov. Walker was unable to finish college. There are plenty of websites and blogs out there full of accusations about why he left Marquette, but we’re not exploring that today. This is about how he has the audacity to suggest that he has a master’s degree when he does not even have a bachelor’s degree…
When I look back at what my education cost me, precious time with my son, and a relationship with a woman I loved deeply, I am filled with rage when I hear that Walker claims to have a non-existent master’s degree. He is no better than wannabe soldiers who parade around in military uniforms claiming to be something they are not.
He has no idea of the sacrifices that a non-traditional student has to make to attain a degree, a degree that they hope will lead to a better life for their families. That was my hope, for a better life for me and my son. In the end I found that my education gave me far more than what I put into it—and I am not talking about a great job with high pay and amazing benefits (graduating in the middle of a recession did not help). It made me a better person; it taught me how to think, and how to express myself.
Yes, clearly it taught the writer how to think. My favorite part:
He does not get to say he has a non-existent master’s degree. He has not earned one—he does not know what non-traditional students have to sacrifice for their education. He has never wondered if he will have enough money for food after he pays his tuition bill, or if he can afford diapers after purchasing a textbook. He has never slaved away for months on something, putting heart and soul into it, only to have a professor rip it to shreds in less than five minutes, and to have loved ones walk out of your life.
No, Walker does not have a master’s degree in taking on the big government special interests. He is a college dropout.
I’m amused by the idea that wondering if you have enough money for food because you’re paying tuition is somehow different than wondering if you have enough money for food because, oh yes, you have no money. A professor pulling your paper apart? The struggle is real. Middle America just can’t understand.
The comment section over at Daily Kos is equally hilarious. I fully encourage the left to rail against people who lack college degrees. That’d play great in Ohio and Pennsylvania, I’m sure.