While on Twitter I saw several live Tweets about Marco Rubio speaking to “a business class at Catholic University.” Here are the news stories I read about his speech from links referenced in the tweets:
Two very different headlines, each designed to grab the attention of the reader, but my problem was with the reactions to Marco’s speech from, again, two very different headlines.
The Washington Post article is the first one that I read. It made blood shoot out of my eyes. On Twitter I tagged Dan Holler, who works for Rubio, asking him for the link to the actual copy of the speech. Dan was great to lead me to this link that was posted on Rubio’s Senate page and from that press release you can go read Rubio as the original source, not merely how his words were interpreted.
Reading the Daily Signal article did make me feel a little better, not much. Reading Marco’s speech, well, if nails on a chalkboard bothered me, yeah, that is the kind of feeling I would describe from this particular speech writing of Rubio.
Feel free to download Rubio’s speech and read along as you watch him give the speech below. You might jot down thoughts and questions in the margin of the Rubio script as you listen to him.
I have a lot more to say on this. My problem is that watching the video of the speech still make blood shoot out of my eyes. I have to cool my jets and go through it all again so I can write without screaming on the page. I have to check my emotional response to go through what really irritated me, and still irritates me about that which I am hearing come out of Marco’s Mouth.
This is an offical I AM OLD post. Snowflakes, melt away to your safe space. This is not for you.
I read this post by Mike Rowe and this quote is something I hear over and over and over again from several sources in other words:
“Currently, thousands of employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fix our cars and build our houses and keep our pipes connected.”
Why is that? With so many people whining and complaining about struggling, what is the profound disconnection? What is the profound problem with the American Skills Gap?
What about Work Ethic?
All the hubbub about encouraging children or adults with some sort of motivational reward they can work toward to improve their behavior is really not the problem.
Perhaps the discussions ought to be focused on the intrinsic value of work and intrinsic motivation needed to discover that any work is hard work.
The joy and satisfaction in accomplishing the work is the true reward.
Shoving candy or treats (rewards) into faces of children is not true satisfaction for a job well done. Giving everyone a medal for being nominated for possibility of winning the trophy just cheapens the cup.
External rewards that do not match the work ethic or skill are as an opiate to those who receive them so stop acting like a Pusher. Stop raising ninnies. Go back to fundamentals.
Wax on. Wax off.
Harsh? Oh no. I know a couple of mothers with austic children who could take you down over this subject. Their children could put many “normal” children or adults to shame with their children who are truly qualified workers.
Even my mother can still work circles around people a quarter of her age. (I would say how old she is but I would like to live to be that old.)
The joy of work for the sake of how working makes one feel must be reinstilled as a foundational principle for success.
Start the New Year Right. Wax on. Wax off.
One of the great things about Honey-do is he cannot stand to pay anyone for something he can do himself. And he really cannot stand to call anyone to do something if he has not gone at it to see if he can do it first. It has been a blessing and a curse over the years, so you can imagine how thrilled I am that today it was a blessing! It was a savings of $399 because Honey-do was able to fix the washer.
One thing that I truly appreciate about Honey-do is he is educated and skilled. He grew up with parents who lived by the adage, Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Over the years my Honey-do has saved us thousands of dollars because of his ability and desire to learn how to build and fix things.
That leads me to Mike Rowe and MikeRoweWorks.com (that now switches you over to profoundlydisconneted.com).
“The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help… “
Rewatching the Mike Rowe conversation on The Best of Beck at TheBlaze.com really made me thankful for the gifts and talents of Honey-do, and for his love for the principle of work.
Here is the link to the story about the Rowe/Beck conversation from October 23, 2013:
Be sure to go to profoundlydisconnected.com to check out the latest from Mike Rowe’s scholarship program. Check out The Shop too!
Returning The Favor
Day after day I watch Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz fight the good fight to defend and preserve our Constitutional rights. They care. They are compassionate. They are betrayed by Progressives in the Republican Party frequently enough that there are days when I think I have nothing good to say about what is happening in Washington, DC.
For a break in discussing how rotten I believe the stinkin’ PRL and party currently are, here is something positive: I love listening to David Azerrad just like I love listening to Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
From 2013, The American Dream
And there you have it.
- Opportunity for all.
- Favoritism to none.
- Get Government OUT of the way.
- Make Government SMALL Again.
- The Law of Abundance
Push back the narrative that government is the reason for your existence. Push back the narrative that government “invests” in you. Stop listening to the lies that government is here to take care of you and your family and push back the subversive and harmful narrative that you are unable to think or care for yourself.
Remember the principles upon which America was founded and reclaim your liberty, your right to pursue happiness without oppression from those seeking to harm and degrade your ability to work and succeed and stand on your own two feet.
#Unbroken ~ #BeingWeakIsAChoice ~ #EveryDayIsAChanceToGetBetter