Junior Achievement and the Democratic Primaries

Bob and Betty Beyster at Junior Achievement
This past week’s big event was visiting Junior Achievement‘s new building at San Diego State University. Junior Achievement as you probably know is a nationwide program that trains young people to be businessmen and -women. To do this, they set up a number of small commercial stores at their facility. Each of these stores is peopled by students in grades 5-7. They carry on commerce between each other, buying and selling. They have two small banks, a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant, a telephone company, a TV studio, and the San Diego Foundation is present in case anyone wants to make a charitable contribution. Students borrow money from the banks and they pay it back. At the end of the day, it is expected to be a break-even operation with any profits given to the San Diego Foundation. Visitors are allowed to buy items for sale at the stores. Betty bought a Frisbee, and we had our picture taken by one of the student entrepreneurs from the Sea World booth. The program seems to be having a huge impact throughout the country.

As you know, we have been conducting a poll on today’s Presidential primaries. The results of our poll give Barack Obama a significant lead over Hillary Clinton in both Ohio and Texas, as well as in the overall contest. Frankly, I’m not a Democrat, but I hope Obama wins — I think he would be a better candidate. And who knows, I might choose to vote for him myself.