If you train for years at a career choice that has heavy competition and is on the verge of being pushed out by technology, why are you giving up when you face heavy competition and technology begins pushing your career out?
Why should I be worried about poor choices you made?
I made my choices. I easily could have held a number of other majors. I could easily have not tried to learn, not attempted to push myself. But I resisted those temptations, on purpose, and my choices have earned me a career that shows much promise.
First off this is not directed at you Bonds. You're comments just incite an observation that many people miss.
It's not always about choices people make. Sometimes it's about a person's capabilities. I really hate it when these discussions exclude those with disabilities (both mental and physical), You also have to toss in those on the Aspergers/Autism spectrum. There are more and more folks being diagnosed as being in the spectrum every day.
Also there are plenty of cases where people's circumstances just don't allow them to make the better choice. For example a smart, capable, driven youth who is college bound but ends up skipping college and getting a job to keep the roof over the heads of their siblings and cancer stricken single mom who has no heath insurance because she can't afford it.
It's really simple: we're not all created equal nor do we all have equal opportunity. So what do we do with these folks who don't fit the limited world we envision? Kill them? This is where some factions of the US government, certain news channels, and certain political organizations are extremely myopic. In the end the cost to the economy and society of de-funding programs that help these individuals get an education and/or back into the workforce is by far greater than providing the hand up these people need IMO. It's not about these people being lazy nor overly abusing the system -- hell we see enough of that in banking and Wall Street already. It's about wasting our resources (these people) in the belief this will enrich us somehow (it's my money and I want it now!). If we can return these people to be productive members of society on terms that fit their capabilities then we all win.