Who Saw That Coming?

“That’s ridiculous. How the hell does that prepare them for the real world?”

That’s what I yell at my TV or radio everytime I hear one of those stories about a youth soccer program that makes the teams keep playing until they tie. Or the one where the team that gets up seven goals automatically loses. Or the Pop-Warner football league that forces a team to stay on defense if they go ahead by 20 points, until the other team catches up.  It’s TARP for kids.

I know I’ve railed against this whole thing before, but this time something clicked in my head and I can’t believe I didn’t make the connection sooner. All this time I was worried that these kids were going to grow up and be thrust into a society where they wouldn’t be able to compete, that they wouldn’t even know how to compete.

Well I was wrong, as it turns out America is lead-footing it toward a place as socialist as the one these kids derived so much comfort from. They’re not going to have to compete after all. Isn’t that lucky?

It could be just a coincidence. Or it could be that the first batch of helmet-wearing-everybody-gets-a-trophy-protect-the-children-at-all-costs kids came of age (voting age) between the 2004 and 2008, just in time to elect a President who promised them more non-competitiveness, more fairness, and more mediocrity. In other words, something they are all familiar with.

So as it turns out, these kids are actually well prepared for the world that awaits them. They’re gonna be just fine. I guess we did well by them after all. (That last sentence was sarcasm, just in case you couldn’t tell.)

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