"Back then the GI Bill covered $12,500 for college tuition, which in 1997 was around 3 semesters at the school I attended.
You just proved my point. The 1990's HR would hire you if you had anything technical on a resume that was 1 page.
Today there are people with 8 years experience who have been out of work for awhile who are desperate to make $30,000 a year since unemployment is about ready to go away.
In a recession/depression you compete for jobs. In a boom of the 1950's/1990's jobs compete for you! I am sure you have headhunters calling you today and the answer to this is you have many years of experience and solid references.
Also I can't buy a house today and even renting an apartment is hard. Why? I owe $40,000 in student loans. FYI I did 2 years at a community college to save momey. College is much much more expensive in today than in the 1990s. Try a good 400% more.
Back in 2002 - 2006 you could get a home easily. Not true today.
I am not whining or complaining as my wages are gradually increasing. But no I do not have it as good and it is requiring a lot more work today. Without a degree working at a call center or stocking electronics at TigerDirect is your only future as no one will take a chance when there are 3 to 4 people with them for ever job opening.
No retard, no. You stated "Those who argue I DO NOT NEED A DEGREE got in in 1999 when you didn't need one."
I started in civil service in 2001. 2 years after your bold and blanket statement.
I like how you highlighted the fact that I was in college in 1997 though.