Originally Posted by erictheobscure
Hey @Medwed, I'm still waiting on a response as to why you seem to want to keep talking about American politics without knowing basic facts such as the existence of the Twenty-Second Amendment. But since you've conveniently glossed over that glitch and continue to spout off your inanities, here are some responses:
Those schools are shitty and I wish they didn't exist. But at least there are some mechanisms (however imperfect) to ensure that they're actual colleges and universities. "Trump University" was never an actual university. Whether or not Trump University actually billed itself as a university (which would, of course, be deceptive and false advertising) is what remains to be determined legally in the courts.
I assume by "useless" you mean "doesn't lead directly enough to a money-making job." Yet if I pushed you on it, I'm guessing (and this is only a guess--I'm not sure exactly what kind of dimwit you are) that you at least claim to have ethical/moral values that don't reduce to market factors. The brute facts of market demand often promote behaviors & skills that might be "useful" for making money but otherwise aren't of much social & cultural benefit. Just to cite one example: would you be happier if colleges started offering a major in paparrazzi photography as opposed to photography in general (which you seem to deem useless for some poorly defined reason)? I mean, paparrazzi photograph is a lucrative vocation and the demand for it doesn't seem to be abating. If your answer is yes, then you at least have a consistent definition of what counts as useful vs. useless. But in that case, I wouldn't value your venal sense of what counts as useful and I (as someone who actually does teach at a legitimate college) would be content to discount your opinions. If your answer is no, then I think your application of "useful" vs. "useless" is poorly defined and is for the sake of your ideological convenience. This would be in keeping with your general spirit of ill-informed blather.
These vocational schools don't advertise themselves as universities and colleges, you numbnuts. (Please refer to the first response above.)
meh i think the point of all this is:
trump figures out ways to make money, and they are kind of off the beaten path
not everyone does private equity, where you buy up a company, lay off a significant portion of the workforce, implement cost-saving measures, and try to resell it for a lot of money
not everyone does investment banking, where you convince people to give a company a bunch of money and then charge the company a bunch of money for your service
not everyone runs a hedge fund, where you basically buy really risky shit and hope you get lucky for a couple years in a row and then make a bunch of money then close up shop
not everyone does consulting, where you recommend a company lays off a bunch of people and give some amorphous strategy advice that the company itself already knew but needed some outsider to validate so management reduces their own liability
not everyone does law, which is a like... a sunk cost on humanity.
like i get it, trump didn't do a prestige job. he didn't make his billions in tech or finance, he did a bunch of goofy self promotional stuff, and mainly did some real estate stuff. how base! he like, built buildings, and golf courses, and other stupid shit. is it less-prestigious than law/finance/medicine/tech? sure. it is. for sure it is less prestigious. but honestly, is it somehow better to like, buy a company and cut a bunch of costs, and make a bunch of money, than to have a goofy teaching institution? not sure it is, other than the former is somehow really prestigious in our culture.