Sorry guys, two more points (again), I have nothing but respect for anyone who works hard to support themself and their family, but when a union thinks that by holding a city hostage for their pay demands (how much money is this costing New Yorkers in time and lost productivity!?) Then that is where the govt. should step in. I'm absolutely positive you are correct in stating I'd be a shitty bus driver in NYC (for a few weeks) and I'm equally sure that controlling a locomotive is a highly skilled job, BUT it is a job you chose to do, if someone equally skilled can and will do it for less, well you know the rest. Dont blame others for the economy or job/education choices, if you dont like your lot in life change courses, otherwise you are just swimming upstream....Secondly, I dont have anything against liberal studies majors, my wife is an internationally recognized published artist, she separated herself from the throngs of "starving artists" by recognizing that what she loves to paint may not be what people want to buy, so by adapting to the "industry" she works in and "whoring" herself out as other "artists" have sometimes said, she has done very well, well enough that now she can paint what she wants, because in the "art world" it's all about "perception". If people think your art is good because you are famous, then it is. It sounds weird, but it's actually easier to sell a piece for $10,000 than it is for $100, because people equate price with ability. But to get there you have to establish a "name" (and 20 years later) then you can do what you want. Like she tells young aspiring artists "sell to the masses, and dine with the classes..." End of economics lesson for today kids.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."