Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Sometimes I think, "What if there was a lot of money to be made in scuba-diving in Port-A-Potties, looking for lost change? Would I still do it?" But here's an entirely different question: Would I have the good sense to not speak to reporters about it?

What is with Americans who are so stupid they don't realize they're stupid? Remember three years ago when I linked to the article about the lady who was complaining that she couldn't shop at Whole Foods anymore, and she felt like she was endangering her family as a result? (I do.) This lady didn't have the presence to keep her bidnez private.

Here's someone else who should keep his lips buttoned:

A few years ago, Joe Therrien, a graduate of the NYC Teaching Fellows program, was working as a full-time drama teacher at a public elementary school in New York City. Frustrated by huge class sizes, sparse resources and a disorganized bureaucracy, he set off to the University of Connecticut to get an MFA in his passion—-puppetry. Three years and $35,000 in student loans later, he emerged with degree in hand, and because puppeteers aren’t exactly in high demand, he went looking for work at his old school. [...] So even though Joe’s old principal was excited to have him back, she just couldn’t afford to hire a new full-time teacher. Instead, he’s working at his old school as a full-time “substitute”; he writes his own curriculum, holds regular classes and does everything a normal teacher does. “But sub pay is about 50 percent of a full-time salaried position,” he says, “so I’m working for half as much as I did four years ago, before grad school, and I don’t have health insurance…. It’s the best-paying job I could find.”

This is not one of those ubiquitous "people cause their own problems" articles (aren't you getting tired of how many of THOSE there are around lately?). It is instead one of the Occupy Wall Street fluff pieces passing for journalism these days.

Here are the facts: a guy quit a full-time job to incur debt to get a master's degree in puppetry. END OF STORY. Anything else is unnecessary; we already know we're dealing with an idiot here.

"But, but, but, it's his passion!" Then he has a revealed preference for poverty. Which is not to say that, just because I don't share that preference (or do I?), his preference is wrong. But he can't very well expect us to foam at the mouth at the temerity of those who have a revealed preference for wealth. Nobody got rich from Joe's idiocy. There's nothing to protest here. Go back to your puppets and poverty and leave the rest of us alone.

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