I am not highly educated or super intelligent but as someone who struggled to go to college while working full time, and the parent of adults who did or are doing the same (trying to work and support themselves while going to college) I have always felt we ... the United States .... would not be lagging behind other countries so much if college was more easily obtainable if not downright free. College has to be cheaper than prison and in my naive little world I think if more people were educated less people would end end up as criminals, or receiving public assistance of some kind. And yes, alot of college degreed people are criminals or receive public asstance for some reason --- let's don't go there right now. Probably from an outside observer it might look like I do not value education since I do not have a degree and only one of my children has one of any kind, so far. Don't write them off yet, though. We have done the best with the challenges we have. I DO value education. If I had had a different chance, different advice, made different choices I would have loved to have gone to college straight out of high school. Anyway, I was stunned when I saw this politician's remarks on a youtube video posted on another blog and then just now saw it on CBS Nightly News. Here it is.....it takes just moments to watch this so turn your sound on ........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkjbJOSwq3A&feature=player_embeddedI can't believe I heard that, and I can't believe those people applauded.