Mayor Bloomberg can be a cascading fountain of unsolicited advice, gushing with wisdom about everything from dieting tips to iPhone safety to Wisconsin. On his WOR radio program yesterday, he gave some heartfelt advice to average people about the realities of education and debt: "The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren't rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class," he said. "Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College—being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal." As Jesus said, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom Google Glass has been given."
Bloomberg cited a number of studies showing that plumbers start their careers with less debt, higher wages, and 100% more plumber's crack than their collegiate peers. “You don’t spend...four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income,” he said. And best of all, plumbers can't be replaced by machines...yet. “It’s hard to farm that out ... and it’s hard to automate that,” he said.