[quote][quote]Somewhere there's a guy with a college degree who's house is also paid for, only he doesn't have to share his house with tenants.
Hrm, funny. The most financially secure people I know have no college education whatsoever. College education is no guarantee of success and is not necessary by any means to make a very comfortable living. In fact, many people with college degrees are unemployed right now. College grads are a dime a dozen.
So you're implying you don't need to go to college to make a living. Duh. But get this:
Statistically, those with college educations make significantly more money per year than those without. This is not an opinion -- this is a fact. Saying you personally know X in order to prove some grander point is irrational. It's using a personal anecdote to make a point -- it's not a valid form of debate. Here, watch: "I know 10 people who smoked 10 packs of cigarettes per day for 60 years -- not a single one ever succumbed to cancer. Therefore cigarettes don't cause cancer". Statistically, cigarettes are associated with cancer. My personal anecdote, while it may or may not fall in line with the trend, does not prove nor disprove it. Same goes to you with regard to college education and whether or not your successful friends went to college.
That college grads are "dime a dozen" may very well be true, contingent on properly interpreting "dime a dozen" of course. However, this does not change the simple and readily searchable fact that those with college educations still make more per year, on average, than those without.
TL;DR obviously one can make a living -- even a good living -- without college. However, statistically speaking, those with college educations make significantly more than those without, on average.