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Steve Lunetta: Earl’s graduation speech

Posted: June 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

My Uncle Earl was recently invited to give the commencement speech at the Robert Oppenheimer School for Really Smart Kids, a charter school approved by the Newhall School District but located in Lancaster.

A Newhall School District board member was recently quoted as saying, “That will fix ‘em.”

I sat in the audience and took notes furiously. This is what Uncle Earl said.

“Thanks for the opportunity to speak to you today. My nephew says I’m a bit over the top. No worries. I’m here just to share some words of wisdom from my long years on this planet. And to snipe at liberals. Buckle up, buttercup.

“As you prepare to go out into the world, there are things you need to know. For instance, people like to talk directly to you. If you are sitting at dinner in a restaurant, put down that gull-darned smart phone and talk to the person you are sitting with!

“Don’t get sucked into Candy Crush or Candy Crunch or Crunch Bars or whatever that stupid program is. Your boss wants work productivity, not the fact that you were able to solve level 57 with a special power pod.

“Another thing to remember is that people lie. They lie all the time. It’s unfortunate, but in our society today the idea of integrity and honesty has fallen by the wayside. There no longer seems to be any repercussions for telling untruths.

“Like if you like your doctor, you can keep him.’ Or ‘Geez, our ambassador in Libya was killed over a video.’ Or ‘I had no idea the IRS was targeting conservative groups.’

“If you are getting ready to go to college, there are many traps you need to be aware of. The professors teaching your classes may be very smart, but they may not be especially wise nor aware of how things work in the real world.

“University professors seem more interested these days in politics than truth or actual academic pursuits. It is remarkable how many of them are screaming liberal hippies that contaminate the minds of you students. It often takes years to undo the damage. Or getting mugged just once.

“Be very careful of student loans. They can destroy your life for years to come. And our inept President Obama seems more than willing to make the situation worse.

“Recently, Mr. Obama issued an executive order capping student loan payments at no more than 10 percent of income. This applies to loans made before October 2007 or those who stopped borrowing in October 2011. No doubt, this will be expanded in the future to cover all students.

“Sounds like a great deal, right? For you and the students before you, maybe. But for taxpayers and the general public, it’s a disaster.

“These types of programs encourage students to incur more debt than they can afford. Think about it. If payments are capped (and may get forgiven in 20 years anyway), why not borrow all you can?

“If a kid borrows $250K and gets a job that pays $35K per year, payments will be about $3,500 per year or $70K total.

The borrower just scored $180K in free money! Well, it’s not really free. The American Taxpayer will it fork out. So, no worries!

“When I was a youngster in school, my friends were also taking advantage of low-interest borrowing and getting $10K-15K in loans at a deferred 1 percent to 2 percent interest rate. They were promptly investing the money in T-bills at 4 percent to 5 percent and pocketing the difference.

“And I was a sap and worked two jobs to pay the bills and not borrow.

“And what do colleges do in an environment of easy loans and money? You guessed it! Raise costs. This is exactly what has happened over the past few years. Everybody wins. Except the taxpayer — which you will be shortly.

“You will wind up paying one way or another. These policies seem really good on the surface but are very bad long term. “Remember Uncle Earl’s warning — people lie.

“The future of the country rests in your hands. When selecting leaders, like a president, you need to make sure that person has financial understanding, can look into the future a bit, and has some horse sense.

“Don’t be fooled by a handsome/pretty face or a smooth demeanor. Listen to the ideas expressed, check the track record, and look for experience. If these things are missing, vote for someone else.

“In conclusion, get out of here! It’s time for my nap.”

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Placerita Canyon and congratulates all of our recent graduates in this valley. He can be reached at slunetta63@yahoo.com.

 

Comments

ricketzz: Posted: June 12, 2014 6:12 a.m.

Your examples of "lies" is predictable and based on half truths and out of context propaganda points. The future is rigged. That is not a lie. Most school loans are for private for-profit colleges that are little more than a scam to get the easy federal money. College should be free to the students, like it was before Reagan destroyed America (after destroying California).


Talk about blaming the victims.


philellis: Posted: June 12, 2014 7:03 a.m.

Steve, I think that you will find that many of us on the Newhall School Board like your Uncle Earl.


AlwaysRight: Posted: June 12, 2014 7:55 a.m.

Phil- wasn't that you he quoted?


philellis: Posted: June 12, 2014 8:58 a.m.

No, not me. Like Lois, I like Uncle Earl, but unlike Lois I don't have an old aunt that I want to fix up with him.


projalice11: Posted: June 12, 2014 9:45 a.m.

I emailed this LTE to Lois's Aunt and she has decided that she doesn't want to
met Uncle Earl for obvious reasons..

Auntie finds him cynical and narrowed minded ..
Auntie also related that it would be very wearing and depressing to try and have a conversation with Uncle Earl..

She also emailed back that taxpayers get taxed some for good reasons and some not so good, but you have to take the good with the bad ..

Auntie is very wise and says that obstructionist and cynics are holding the
United States back from progress, and that they don't want to move
forward especially on social issues ..

Tell Uncle Earl that he has missed out in not meeting a very passionate,
intelligent woman that would only enhance his life in many ways ..

"College should be free to the students" as expressed by Auntie to help our
future leaders accomplish their goals in helping America thrive ..



philellis: Posted: June 12, 2014 1:38 p.m.

Seems like its Auntie's loss


Indy: Posted: June 12, 2014 2:25 p.m.

ricketzz wrote: Your examples of "lies" is predictable and based on half truths and out of context propaganda points.

Indy: Enuff said!

But I'll address some of the stuff as time permits . . . but recommend highly an accurate review of the Libya incident that keeps the conservatives brain 'locked down' on same: The Benghazi Hoax by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America (Oct 16, 2013)


projalice11: Posted: June 12, 2014 2:26 p.m.

"Seems like its Auntie's loss.. I DON'T THINK SO ..

Uncle Earl has missed out in not meeting a very passionate,
intelligent woman that would only enhance his life in many ways ..

Auntie's loss is a God Send to Auntie ..

BINGO FOR AUNTIE ..


17trillion: Posted: June 12, 2014 3:04 p.m.

"But I'll address some of the stuff as time permits . . ."

"BINGO FOR AUNTIE .."


Good lord! This is what passes for intellectual discourse from the left.


AlwaysRight: Posted: June 12, 2014 3:52 p.m.

Umm. Isn't anyone concerned about Obama's executive order? Lois- can't you see that "easy money" is having the opposite affect that you intend? Colleges drive up fees knowing that kids can get this easy money. The kids have to borrow more to keep up with the fees. Its a vicous cycle that Mr. Obama continues to support.

Even if a kid wanted to get a job and work while going to school, it is nearly impossible because the education is so expensive.

Also, this eliminates some kids from poorer backgrounds because they cannot make up the difference that the loans do not cover. Lois- can't you see that this is yet another failed socialist program that is doing the opposite of what is intended?


philellis: Posted: June 12, 2014 4:22 p.m.

AR, how can you use failure and socialist program in the same sentence? LOL


Indy: Posted: June 12, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Lunetta wrote: The American Taxpayer will it fork out. So, no worries!

Indy: Interestingly and perhaps unknowingly, Lunetta stumbles onto the reality.

As taxes were held constant or reduced, the universities lacking funding had to go to the students.

So yes, the kids will be paying more as we see today.

The biggest question is why not let the student loan interest rates ‘fall’ to ‘market levels’?

With all the market rhetoric here from libertarian conservative why do they fight against their own beliefs on this issue?


Indy: Posted: June 12, 2014 5:03 p.m.

AlwaysRight wrote: Umm. Isn't anyone concerned about Obama's executive order? Lois- can't you see that "easy money" is having the opposite affect that you intend? Colleges drive up fees knowing that kids can get this easy money. The kids have to borrow more to keep up with the fees. Its a vicous cycle that Mr. Obama continues to support.

Indy: Interestingly, conservatives are ‘right’ with Obama on this . . .

As we see as conservatives fight for ‘child credits’ on taxes, this makes people have more kids EEBE and thus ‘demand’ more education from K-12 to College.

Here in CA, the per year cost to the taxpayer is about $9,000.00 per student for K-12.

And there are ‘NO LIMITS’ to how many kids you can send . . . one reason our public schools tend to be only ‘good’ in higher income property areas.

Is that fair?

In any event, do you support removing the ‘child credit’ to be let ‘market’ forces dictates how many kids a family can have?

And do you support the ‘unlimited’ ability of any family to send as many children to our public schools regardless of the tax consequences?


projalice11: Posted: June 12, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Good lord! This is what passes for intellectual discourse from the left.
Responding post Par for the course ..

Good Lord 17t you have no sense of humor ..

Maybe Auntie can bring out some humor in you ..

Lighten up and smell the Roses ..


projalice11: Posted: June 12, 2014 8:24 p.m.

Oh by the way DOUBLE BINGO FOR AUNTIE ..


AlwaysRight: Posted: June 13, 2014 7:41 a.m.

Does Auntie play BINGO?


ricketzz: Posted: June 13, 2014 9:33 a.m.

I love the way objectivists rationalize their insanity.

"Lois- can't you see that "easy money" is having the opposite affect that you intend? Colleges drive up fees knowing that kids can get this easy money. The kids have to borrow more to keep up with the fees. Its a vicous [sic] cycle that Mr. Obama continues to support."

It is a "vicious" cycle because it has been mangled by the banks via congress into what you describe. Corruption made it a bad idea, not the underlying concept. I agree that the banks have Prez by the short and curlies.


AlwaysRight: Posted: June 13, 2014 1:25 p.m.

Stolen off the internet:

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man
The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Obama is a 'Post Turtle.'
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle.'
The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain.
"You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dimwit put him up there to begin with."


Indy: Posted: June 13, 2014 6:03 p.m.

AlwaysRight,

What I find interesting of your posts at this board is that you appear to not want to ‘debate’ the issues that create the need for more taxes.

I gave you a couple of examples that addressed the ‘perverse’ outcome you asserted on college loans and got just a quick quip and story joke.

How do you expect to address fiscal issues that are of primary concern to conservatives if you ignore the questions?

Are you using this site just for entertainment?


Indy: Posted: June 13, 2014 6:08 p.m.

AlwaysRight wrote: Even if a kid wanted to get a job and work while going to school, it is nearly impossible because the education is so expensive.

Indy: From here: http://www.newfoundations.com/Clabaugh/CuttingEdge/Reagan.html

“Once elected, Mr. Reagan set the educational tone for his administration by:
a. calling for an end to free tuition for state college and university students,
b. annually demanding 20% across-the-board cuts in higher education funding,[2]
c. repeatedly slashing construction funds for state campuses”

Indy: If we as taxpayers cut off funding to colleges and universities, then the same institution have to get the lost tax revenue from the students.

So the cost of education rose for kids because of this.

Did you agree with Reagan?

AlwaysRight wrote: Also, this eliminates some kids from poorer backgrounds because they cannot make up the difference that the loans do not cover. Lois- can't you see that this is yet another failed socialist program that is doing the opposite of what is intended.

Indy: As republicans fought against state tax increases that would have eased the burden on the students to attend college, you see to criticize the taxpayer funding of college as ‘socialist’.

So which way do you want it? Lower or higher direct cost to the kids?


ricketzz: Posted: June 16, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Jefferson, Lincoln both insisted that the better educated we are, the better we vote. Problem is, the smarter people are the less they vote GOP. So goodbye education. To heck with Jefferson and Lincoln.

Reagan, as figurehead for a ill thought out but well executed conservative slash and burn government, put our destruction into play from Day 1 of his administration. He also hallucinated war stories and consulted soothsayers.


philellis: Posted: June 16, 2014 8:14 a.m.

"Jefferson, Lincoln both insisted that the better educated we are, the better we vote. Problem is, the smarter people are the less they vote GOP."

@ricketzz - you are confusing being better educated as being smarter. That is not a direct correlation


AlwaysRight: Posted: June 16, 2014 8:22 a.m.

Indy- LOL. You have got to be kidding. These threads on this website are all about entertainment. Do you think you are proposing new legislation that will be voted on by senators and congressmen? Nope. Its going to be seen by a small number of people in this community. To think that this is anything but entertainment is simply delusional.

Making substantitive debates with you is pointless. I've seen the discussions that you've had with other folks (like Tech) who try and show you fact. Your responses are tedious and rambling and often ignore the information presented to you. Your writing fails to convince.

However, as I've said in the past, sites like this need a villain or a foil. That is what you provide. If everyone were like minded, this would not be entertaining. Yes, I said the word again.

And, don't try and say that you do not find this entertaining. It is clear that this is a fun hobby to you. So be it. Enjoy.

But, please, do not fool yourself into thinking that the world is changing simply by posting your opinions on this site. Its entertainment, pure and simple.


ricketzz: Posted: June 17, 2014 6:30 a.m.

Smart people get more out of education. Whether I conflate the 2 or not, the paranoid radical right thinks they are the same and they are the ones destroying education.


philellis: Posted: June 23, 2014 1:42 p.m.

But you also think that they are the same - what is it that you are destroying?



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