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Mike Rowe: ‘To my knowledge, no one has ever burned a flag at a trade school’

The former host of the popular TV show “Dirty Jobs” is perplexed by all the post-election flag burning on college campuses – but he’s using it to make a pitch for trade school.

Mike Rowe wrote on Facebook that he was unimpressed by Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash’s explanation for why the school has indefinitely taken down its American flag, which followed an anonymous flag burning:

I couldn’t help but wonder if President Lash was unaware that billions of people around the world are routinely subjected to horrific levels of racism, misogyny, and bigotry that far exceed any injustice in modern-day America. Furthermore, I was curious to know if President Lash really believed that removing our flag is a better way to assuage the fears of his frightened students, than simply educating them about the undeniable fact that no country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty than this one?

Of course Lash wouldn’t want to do that – Hampshire College owes its very existence to massive subsidies from taxpayers, Rowe notes:

Tuition at Hampshire College is about $60,000 a year. That’s not a problem because it’s expensive – it’s a problem because 85% of Hampshire students qualify for some form of federal financial aid. http://bit.ly/2gsZxnk. That means that We the People are enabling schools like Hampshire to sell a liberal arts degree for approximately $250,000. With $1.3 trillion dollars of student debt currently on the books, I found myself thinking how nice it would be to hear a more persuasive argument from those who will happily take money from a country whose flag they despise.

He concludes: “To my knowledge, no one has ever burned a flag at a trade school. I wonder why that is?”

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h/t The Blaze

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