If you’ve never heard the term “out-Americaning” before, don’t worry. It’s not an actual term and has never been used in a way that makes sense. So it’s fitting that Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would use it.
In Booker’s latest round of non-sensical meanderings, the New Jersey senator spoke to students and faculty in attendance at Allen University in South Carolina on Thursday. Booker decided to run down the country that provides him his meal ticket, the United States.
Booker spoke of how ridiculous the cost of college in the U.S., and he’s right in that aspect. Where he went wrong was his assessment of the U.S.’s standing in the world, including how the Socialist country of Canada is “out-Americaning” the U.S.
The ironically funny part is that Booker is railing against a system that attempts to indoctrinate young people into his way of thinking.
Here’s part of what Booker said:
Every country we are competing is driving down the cost of college. Germany costs between zero and four percent of median income to go to college. Canada? I can’t stand how they’re out-Americaning us. [Canadian Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau. Give me a break. It costs about six to seven percent of median income to go to college. What does it cost in America? Fifty-two percent of median income.
Before we move on to Booker’s assessment of America’s standing in the world, it’s interesting to note that Booker’s U.S. statistic for the percentage of median income that goes towards going to college might be misleading.
The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) — who bases their findings on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) — reported that the highest percentage of “Median Family Income” used to go to college comes from the state of Pennsylvania (23.2 percent).
If you average out all of the states “net cost as a percent of median family income,” the nation’s average percentage is 16.9 percent. That’s a far cry from the 52 percent that Booker touts.
Take a look at Booker’s comments, and then we’ll move on to his other asinine statement:
“We used to lead in America,” Booker said.
Umm, we still do. Actually we do again after “leading from behind” since 2008.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the U.S. economy is the world’s most competitive for the first time since 2008 — and that’s among 140 world economies.
Booker is merely trying to stoke the fears of Americans by rattling off questionable statistics that make him sound like he knows what he’s talking about.
I mean, we can’t all be “Spartacus.”