We have overused and overheard the word stimulus. In fact, I am tired of it already. What I want is for my retirement account to regain its losses and for people to go back to work. But what I really want is for us to understand as a nation that we will never get where we want to go--stimulus or not--if we don't invest in education and brain power here. Courtland Milloy wrote a powerful article this morning about education and its impact on social and economic freedom. He cites statistics related to the African American workforce. There are 17 million African Americans working today but another 2.2 million unemployed. For black men ages 20 to 24 without a high school diploma, the unemployment rate is 55 percent; the percentage for women is 30. While these are tough economic times no matter your educational level, not having a high school diploma is almost a death knell to getting a job. With dropout rates for African Americans approaching 50 percent in some high schools the situation going forward is pretty grim. Just do the math.