WHY NOT A VOTECH SCHOOL

13 07 2012

I read in the papers every day about how much a college education costs.  It is absolutely ridiculous as far as I am concerned.  I never was an advocate of a college education.  When I was growing up, no one went to a four year college except those wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or teacher.  And even the teacher did not have to attend college.  She could go right into the school and learn on the job if they needed her.  And I had some really, really good teachers when I was a youngster.  I received a top notch education in that 12 years between first grade and twelfth grade.  And when I graduated, I was immediately hired in a good job and with a good salary.  Whether anyone wants to admit it today or not, this is the ultimate goal – to have a good job with a good salary.

Nowadays, young people waste a lot of years going after that stupid degree that will not get them a job no matter what they do.  A person should look into the job market first and then decide what degree they want to pursue.  For instance, I would not want to spend my life every single day doing something I really hated.  I had a friend who went to college for four years, got a degree in accounting, went to work and that lasted perhaps a month.  She hated it.  Then she returned to school and became a principal of an elementary school.  Why not check into that possibility first before all that valuable time is wasted.  

I raised very successful children and none of them have a college degree.  They didn’t want to waste those precious years going to college.  They wanted to get on with their lives and all did exactly that.  They all had the opportunity but when they got into the college life, they found themselves very bored.  They wanted to get some actual experience.  One of my daughters had been working as a sales person for several years and said her friends were just then coming out of college and having to compete to get a job and then obtain  the experience she already had.

College did not become a popular thing to do until the 1960 crowd took over the parks and recreation areas of this country.  They were lazy and not interested in working on any level.  So they depended on their parents and went to college.  Or else they entered college in order to evade the draft.  So college became a very popular thing to do.  Lots of people followed.  Why not.  It was an easy life, one with no responsibilities, and no real interests in having a better life.  If they whined enough, someone would provide them with something anyway.  So, they drifted and some are still drifting.  Some are on the streets, some in detention facilities, and a few have made the turnaround and managed to get a job and have a decent life.  

But why not just avoid all that to begin with.  Enroll or help your children enroll in a Votech School.  There, all kinds of degrees are available. I have one in my family who is learning to be a technician doing ultra-sound technology.  Good salary, too.  Another neighbor became a nurse recently, after going a very short time to a Votech School.  Why waste four precious years.  Plumbers, electricians, and all related fields can be learned at a Votech.  Cost is a lot less too.

One of my children prefers to hire Votech trained workers as they are more willing to work and have more practical experience and want to learn, learn, learn.  This is the point you know.  An employer wants to hire workers who are interested in learning their job and doing it correctly.  And they want someone who will come in on time and work the full day for a full day’s pay.  

As I said, This is the point.  A good job at a decent salary to have a good life.  Why not look into attending a Votech.  You might be glad you did.





OK WHAT NOW!

12 07 2012

So many things going on all the time these days.  And most of it just makes me plumb sick.  For instance, the media has made such an issue about the NAACP booing Romney.  I was taught when I was growing up that nice people don’t BOO.  No matter what you thought of the issue or the person or whatever was going on, you were taught not to BOO!  That was simply bad manners.  So, that could have been and should have been handled in a much more civilized manner.  And the media should not be pushing the story, either.  That is also simple bad manners to promote such behavior.  No wonder our children don’t know what good manners are. 

And then there is so much going on behind your back these days.  And most people pay no attention whatsoever.  They don’t even realize their country is being taken away, a bit at a time.  Every day.

For instance, this low interest rate that has been going on and on and on.  Supposedly it is supposed to help us.  HA!  That is interesting.  And, of course those in charge know exactly what they are doing, but most of the people in the country do not.  When the interest rate is held at this low rate, it destroys capital.  Period. 

We are a capitalistic country and proud of it!  But as they hold the strings so tight on capital, the capital gradually disappears.  As example, a person has saved a dab of money for their old age, hoping to invest it in whatever will bring them a little income.  But there is no interest paid these days on any investments.  So they cannot buy Money Markets or C.D.’s or Bonds.  Because the interest return on them is not worth the risk they would have to take.  So they sit on their money and as they do this, their money gradually disappears.  Soon, it will be worth much less than it was a year ago or even two years ago.  

If a town wants to build a school, for example, they would float a bond issue and then sell those bonds and pay a fair amount of interest to the investor.  And then the investor would have a little more money to put in his bank account, maybe even enough to buy his groceries.  And the overall result for everyone would be great.  Because as the school is built, this provides jobs for lot of people.  Then they in turn can buy goods at the local stores and this helps the economy for the whole town.   And then this grows until it provides even more jobs and more money for people as spendable income.  

But those in charge these days are holding the money strings very tightly and not allowing anyone to pay any interest on any investments and so the money dries up, slowly but surely.   And do you know what that does to capitalism?  It destroys it slowly but surely and very soon, we will become a socialistic nation and won’t have anything to say about any of it.  And then people will wonder what happened to our capitalistic country.  

So now you will know what has happened to our capitalistic country.  It was because of the money handlers, those in charge of the money  that are running our country into the ground these days.  And it is being done while they moan and groan about how the recession might come back if they pay more interest.  BULL!

Also, they moan and groan some about inflation, too, and that is another ruse.  Inflation can be controlled with a few caps here and there.  So there would be no runaway inflation if they raised the rates a little.  At the current rates, everything is stopped dead still.  Our country cannot move.  It cannot grow and it cannot progress.  This is a simple fact.  And so it is dying slowly but surely, just a little bit at a time.  And nobody even knows it is going on because the ones in charge are masters of deceit.  

All this hurts the investor, of course, but it also hurts the banks and the schools and the homeowners and all our families and everyone else who has a stake in this wonderful, marvelous capitalistic country.  Pay attention!  Vote Republican in November and watch this country begin to grow again.  

VOTE  REPUBLICAN  for our country’s sake! 





THE WAY IT WAS – PART TWO

1 07 2012

I brought up some things yesterday that had been the norm during the 1950’s. Earlier than that, very few people owned their own homes.  Almost everyone had to rent.  And what they rented was not all that great.  I know my in-laws lived in what I would have described as real dumps.  They laid their own linoleum floors and were always moving around trying to find a better place.  Not a good way to live.

My parents had rented for many years, but then they were finally able to buy their own house.  I remember going to look at the houses for sale.  One was really nice, but it cost $2,200. and they could not afford that one.  They settled on one that was not quite as nice, but still was o.k.  It only cost $2,000.  Payments were $16 a month.  My daddy borrowed the money from the group he worked with because I remember going by to make the payment every month.  He had a good job and was a good man.  Trustworthy, stable, and always taking good care of everyone.  There were my parents and three of us children.  Besides that, he had always taken good care of his mother.  As he said to me one time, she had no one else to take care of her so it was his job.  And he had done that since the age of 5 or 6.  His father had walked out and found someone else and my daddy was hung with providing for his mother.  If you would like to read more of that story, then order my book,  The Real Story for $10 plus $2 postage from Bet at P.O. Box 2249, Benton, AR  72018.   Enjoyment, pure enjoyment.

All us kids were expected to do well in school.  We were not straight A students but pretty close.  We did not get scholarships or anything like that, but we had a very good public school education.  That was back when they taught the necessary three R’s, if you remember, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.  And we learned well.  All of us went to work upon graduation from high school.  I already had a job before I graduated.  Friday night was graduation and I went to work at 8 on Monday morning and was thrilled.  Was a great secretary.  Had a lot to learn, but learned well.  Worked for several years before starting a family.

My brother had worked from the time he was 14 or so.  He stuffed papers at the local newspaper office and delivered items and worked at general stuff.  Then he also had a full time sales job when he graduated from high school.  By that time, he had been working in sales for a local company for several years.  Now, it was just full time instead of part time.  

My sister also went to work early.  In fact, when I was 14, my brother took me to a friend who was hiring for a candidate’s run for governor.  He hired me on the spot thinking I was 16 and I made enough money that year to pay for my own school clothes.  Then my sister, cousin and other friends and myself all got a job during the next governor’s race and had a really great summer.  At that time, everything that went out of the office had to be typed individually, so they needed lots of typists.  We all learned typing in school and were very good on those manual typewriters, so we were well paid and again, bought all our own school clothes.  Life was a lot of fun.  Challenging, full of education, and happiness.  Because we made it that way.

No one in my home argued a lot or had a lot of problems.  We just simply got along because we had to.  There were too many of us not to. We had chickens in the back yard and only one car, and rode the bus everywhere we went.  Wouldn’t have traded that life for anything.

I also have another book entitled #2503 which was our address.  My brother and sister wanted me to write about our growing up years and that was the title I chose.  Probably not a good one, but we all like it.  Same price and same address if you want that book also.  In fact, if you would like 3 books, they are only 3 for $25 plus the postage.  A third book is about the 1940’s and all the changes due to the World War II years.  Exciting, scary, and educational once again.  You will definitely enjoy all these books.  Thanks,  Bet





WELL DUH!!!

5 02 2012

Read a big article in the local paper today that stated that not everyone needs to attend college or get a college degree.  Well, DUH!!!   I have been saying that for centuries.  That was well known back before the 1960’s crowd came along and decided we all were stupid and didn’t know how to do anything right.  Then, THEY all decided that everyone needed a college degree in order to dig a ditch.  Ever since then, all the education has been changed. Now, before a child knows how to read and write and do arithmetic, he must be geared up to attending college.  After all, this is the absolute end of the world.  And for some, it definitely is.

I went to high school and got a very good education.  That was all that was required back then unless you wanted to be a doctor or lawyer or candle maker or whatever.  Unless you wanted to go into the professions, then you didn’t need a college education.

BUT – and this is a really, really big BUT these days.  You do have to learn how to work.  At something, somewhere, sometime.  There are certain criteria that you must follow in order to be employed.  You must look presentable when you apply for a job.  And you must be willing to work at whatever job it is that you get.  Most young people are anxious to work at about age 16.  That is a good learning time for all young people.  Whether it is at a school or a restaurant or a car wash, everyone needs to get that first job.  And then they must learn how to satisfy the employer with their performance in that job.  Getting fired is a great learning experience.  Because then, you know what it is you have to do the next time in order to keep a job.

Today,most people have never worked.  They go to school and then to college – to get that wonderful degree.  And then, they are under the impression that people will be waiting outside that door just to give them a job.  That is not so.  And it will never be so.  Everyone has to earn that right to have a job.  And you do that with EXPERIENCE.  And you cannot get experience if you have never worked a day in your life.

Most people who complain that they cannot find a job have a false impression of themselves or their job.  A job is just simply that – a job.  It might not be the job you really want in life, but it is a beginning and you must start somewhere.

So, keep in mind that not everyone has to have a college education in order to have a job and draw a reasonable salary.  All you have to do is be presentable and apply yourself in the job.  Then you can make it in this world.  As you learn, you can move on to a better job until you find the one you are suited for.  This is what everyone wants in the world of jobs – a job that is satisfying and pays a decent salary.  What more can you ask for.

And you don’t have to have a college education in order to achieve that.   DUH!!!!





FROM THE TOP DOWN

13 01 2012

I have so much trouble accepting the fact that no one seems to  understand what is going on in our country today.  It is being destroyed right in front of you and no one seems to know why.  Sure, employment is down.  Sure, money is tight.  What could you possibly expect.  Also, the rhetoric about the greedy American and the terrible, terrible big businesses.   All this is being generated to work your mind and make you think everything and everybody here is just absolutely awful.  This is not true at all and this is not the reason why we have economy problems.

The truth of the matter is quite simple.  And you don’t have to be a math whiz to understand it.  But today, a lot of high school graduates can hardly write their name much less handle a checking account.  And they don’t realize that people have to make money in order to have money to spend.  Simple facts.

The Federal Reserve or whoever it might be that really handles the money issues in Washington decide how much interest will be paid on money invested and they set the standards for all the country.  So, they decide not to pay any interest on borrowed money, then no one makes any interest on borrowed money.  This doesn’t bother a lot of people but it stops the growth of the country.

The way it works is like this – If no money is paid out in interest on investments, then investments dry up.  That is answer #1

Then everyone has to come to a screeching halt because there is no investment, no money to work with on building of any kind.  This includes building of municipal projects, schools, roads, hospitals, almost any large projects that you can think of.

So the money is now dried up.  No investments, no money to work with.  Everything and I do mean everything stops.  That is answer #2

This means that no building is being done, no improvements anywhere so this results in layoffs and the people in the know blame this on everything from greedy Americans to big business because they are not ‘sharing’ their profits.  No one can make any profit either. There is absolutely and positively nothing going on anywhere.  That is answer #3.

So, you see, the answer to the big problems have to come from the top down, not from the bottom up.  You don’t put the whole country back to work by providing another big loan to a bank or to a car manufacturer.  You just simply pay more interest on money and then money starts to flow around and this is turn results in jobs being done and people going back to work.  It is very simple to understand, but most people have never heard this side of the story.

Look around in your town and see what is being built today.  Are new houses being built the same as before?  Are streets being fixed as before?  Are schools being repaired and enlarged or whatever is necessary in your town?  Or is everything at a standstill while we blame someone else besides the politicians and the money people in Washington.

If they raise the interest rate on investments even one point, you would see money begin to be invested once again.  But one point would not be enough to overcome this standstill.  If they raised it possibly 3 points, then things would begin to move even more.  This is not inflation.  This is simple business practices.  That money must be invested.  Bonds must be bought in order to finance improvements of any kind.  But the investor will NOT – I repeat will NOT – invest when he cannot make any money on his investment.  Simple math.  All those in the financial know know this.  They are working this in order to destroy our standard of living in this country.

Listen and learn.  And demand that something be done at the top.  Now!  Before we get any further in debt in this wonderful country.  Before this wonderful country is destroyed.

Wake up America!  Before it is too late.





PAY YOURSELF FIRST!

7 09 2011

HI    When I was growing up – and here I go again – my Dad got paid in cash as almost everyone did.  There were no checks as such.  And certainly no checking accounts.  No one had even heard of such a thing.   Not even the banks.

Anyway, when Daddy got paid, he and my mother got all dressed up and went to town.  Daddy always said that was what he worked for – that paycheck – and it was his to do with as he pleased.  I think most people still feel that way.  But doing as you please usually involves a whole bunch of priorities.  But Daddy also always said, he paid himself first because he was the one who had worked for that money.  And that makes a lot of sense to me.  If you pay yourself first, then you at least get to accumulate a little bit of cash to call your own.

Daddy also said he had to pay the house payment the very first bill.  He said you always have to have a place to live.  Without that, you have nothing.  So he made a stop downtown and paid the house payment at the loan company.  Then he and mother drove over to the electric company and paid that bill.  Then it was down the street to the gas company.  After that one was paid, he then made other stops to catch up on all the bills they owed.

After they were through paying the monthly bills, they came home and changed their clothes back into their everyday things.  Then, they went through the cash to see how much they had left.  It was usually a fair amount.  But then mother had to have her allowance which was her grocery money.  And she had to have money in the house in case anyone needed to be paid during the month such as the newspaper boy and the milkman.  So she had a small stack of bills that were hers to do with as she pleased also.  She always had a pretty good grocery allowance and that allowed her to put those good meals on the table.  She was very stingy with that money and made it go just as far as it could possibly go.  For instance when margarine came out in the package, she insisted on scraping every bit of that margarine off the paper and using it.  And I agree with her.  I have done the same thing many a time in my life.

Of course she also had to pay the cleaning bill when she picked up the clothes from the cleaners.  And she paid for the gasoline for the car.  There was always someone or something that needed to be paid.  But first and foremost, Daddy paid himself.  This allowed them to accumulate enough money so that disasters did not happen at our house.  If someone got sick, there was enough money to pay the bill.  Might be tight for awhile, but it was possible.  And if there were any other unexpected expenses that popped up, it was not the end of their world.

Pay yourself first.  Always. No matter if it just $10 or even $5.  Put that money in an account somewhere and pay yourself first.  Then don’t touch it again unless it is really needed.  Not just for fun things.  But for real emergencies.  This is how you gradually accumulate enough money so that you, too, will not be faced with disasters in your life.  When you have accumulated as much as $100 or even $1,000.  you will feel much better about your life.  Give  it a try.

Pay yourself first!





SEX EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

17 08 2011

I noticed in the news reports today that someone has brought up sex education in the schools once again.  Why!  It all seems so redundant.  In the first place, why do these young children need to be taught any of that anyway.  And particularly why in the schools.

The schools are not teaching history anymore.   No one seems to know anything at all about this country or how we got where we are today or any of the wars or founding fathers or our flag or anything relevant to caring for this country.  So why in the world are they teaching sex education anyway.  Why sex education.  Teach history!!!

And the math is a constant disaster.  No one seems to know how to balance their checkbook or tell themselves no when they see a pretty shiny thing that they don’t need at the store.  And it seems to be ok to eat out all the time when it costs way more than it does to prepare your own food.  Why sex education. Teach them some math!

And English.  Half the country cannot talk in a normal way.  They don’t know what makes up a sentence.  And they sure don’t know how to write one.  Or what a paragraph is or how to write that either.  But someone somewhere thought it was a good idea to teach sex education in the schools.  Ridiculous!  Unnecessary!  All it does is wake up that desire that never was meant to be brought up at their ages anyway.

I had several children.  When the subject of teaching sex education came up at our school, we parents were called to a meeting.  We were told our children would be taught right.  There would be a doctor there and several nurses. So one child came home and running through the house after school called out to me – we had sex education today.  I answered back, what did you learn.  And the child answered me and said, don’t hold hands with the boys.  And that was that.   So much for that grand, great, unnecessary sex education!

And then another child came in and said he had sex education that day.  He was getting a snack from the refrigerator at the time and said, when you mix an x and a y, you get a baby.  And that was that.

Some sex education!  Some unnecessary intrusion into my children’s lives.  Why!!!!   Teach reading, writing,  arithmetic, science, history.  All subjects that should be taught.   Add a small amount of sports and cheerleading and leave my children alone!  Teach them sex education at home if you must.  But leave it out of the school system! In this world of today, we definitely don’t need that!