Spare the Rod

I had a talk with a man who works as an electrician. Before you tell your babies to go off to college and study math and science,  $70 an hour for labor plus parts.

I got friends workin as welders making $40 an hour, shoot, underwater ship repair starts at $100. It’s dangerous, but so is playin’ darts with peoples retirement funds in an office.

We’re lookin’ at a shift here.

Fathers Day came last week. I talked to my dad a bit, our father, grandad, when he came back from The War, went and got his degree as a mechanical engineer, making him the second graduate in the family. As my dad says, folks used the GI Bill to go to college ’cause they saw all the rich folks sent their kids to college and somehow thought that would make their kids do the same. Get rich, you know the story, walk out with your diploma and out of nowhere; there is a million dollars and a BMW.  Back then, of course, they wouldn’t want a BMW, things are complicated now.

I’m always interested to hear from what I call the ‘business owner families’ who never went to college, never had degrees, they just had a couple of businesses and would pawn a few off on their kids and sent em to work. Is this a better world?

The Shooting in the Carolinas, the members of the congregation, the folks who actually knew the people who got shot, think the lack of the love of Jesus Christ caused the shooting, and the rest of America, people who don’t even live in the same state, are up in arms blaming a flag. Normally they blame guns, but in this case it’s about a flag.

A flag, a diploma, a symbol, we blame those.

I learned a long time ago from a CEO who goes by “Red” that MBA’s are for people who want to make the money a founder of a company makes but want to skip all the hard work it takes to get there. He would know, he worked from a single truck to about 35% market share of the US and counted McDonald’s as a vendor.

It comes up in business, some old guy will slyly refer to something as “the MBA way of doing things” and the “MBA mistake” as a problem where you missed the real world cause and focused on some mundane stupid detail just because it’s the only thing you can quantify in a number and program a computer to model.

Now we’re busting Kurtis Cook, a firefighter who is praising the shooting in Charleston, and I suspect he is voicing many priests who say what this shooter did was thrust Christ into the spotlight, and show the advantage of forgiveness and other biblical morals.

And I’ll say this, a volunteer firefighter, a fellow who volunteers to run into burning buildings and drag little babies out, can personally believe whatever he wants, he can even voice those opinions, because you’ve got his words, and you can take those as far out of context as you want, but his actions, running into burning buildings and saving little babies, speak enough for his character for me.

If only the fancy suits who dropped the recent financial crisis on us had actions so beautiful to back up their flowery words. Maybe those sharpies wouldn’t be burning peoples retirement funds and conning kids into finance degrees.

Only so may people can manage money, somebody has to go out there and make it.


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