I'm not sure we can call non-coms and lower middle class
As a married Senior Airman (E-4), I was probably making a bit over $40k per year after base pay and allowances. Taking into account a lack of healthcare premiums, free tuition for my college courses, and the fact that my wife worked nearly full-time as a waitress, and we were definitely in the middle class. Neither of us had second jobs, and we always had money to blow foolishly on entertainment.
My salary as a civilian in the private sector is amazingly better when you just look at the raw numbers, but it's not that much better once you account for all of the things I pay for now that I didn't have to pay for in the military. There are a lot of overlooked benefits in the military that allow you to stretch out a dollar much further than you can as a civilian.
some of these graduates actually believe they are already "real programmers"
I didn't RTFA, but I don't think the story is about programmers. I believe this guy is saying that any college grad regardless of major should know how to program.
I see plenty of grannies capable of quickly swiping plastic
I cringe every time someone ahead of me whips out their checkbook (typically it's after they've been given their total, it would be too convenient to have everything but the amount written out ahead of time...). All other things being the same, when deciding between two stores, I will choose the one that doesn't accept personal checks.
No more crossing your fingers that this eager young face in front of you can really pick up those skills
Sorry, but that's the case with any inexperienced new graduate, regardless of the major. You simply can't tell from a diploma alone whether or not someone is going to succeed.
Ron Paul is against *government* intervention and legislation on the internet