Yesterday a big truck pulled into our driveway to deliver a refrigerator. The delivery men were both young, athletic, hard working African-American dads. One has month-old twins and the other has a couple of young daughters.
After finishing the work, they took some time to visit with us, and I accepted their admiration for my awesome man room. They were impressed by our new home on the lake, and I could see them wondering, how does a guy get one of these?
My “dad” buzzer went off. I just can’t resist an opportunity to coach enterprising young people. I am an unapologetic card-carrying disciple of free enterprise and American capitalism, and nothing makes me happier than seeing a young person who wants to move up and achieve a better life for his or her family. At risk of embarrassment, here is our conversation, condensed.
Worker 1: “That is a big, beautiful house. How did you guys get here?”
Me: “You know, my wife and I started out dirt poor. We had absolutely nothing. But we worked hard, and saved, and kept working and saving, and here we are. It’s America! We are living proof that the American dream is real and success is out there for anybody who is willing to work for it.”
Worker 1: “I’m thinking about starting my own business, I have a couple of ideas.”
Me: “Owning your own business is great. If I had known how fun and profitable it is to have your own business, I would have done it long ago.”
Wife: “And it’s a great time to start a business. The economy is booming! There are all kinds of opportunities right now. Companies are starting up and growing and hiring people because of the tax reform.”
Worker 2: “Yeah, business has really picked up. Our company can’t find enough people to hire.”
Wife: “I’m a Trump supporter and he has really turned things around after Obama.”
Workers 1 and 2 simultaneously: “That’s for sure, Obama didn’t do us any favors!”
Me: “Maybe the best thing Trump has done is get rid of all the crazy regulations. We moved here from Montana, and the oil and coal and mining and agriculture industries have taken off again there because Trump got the EPA and other agencies to back off.”
Worker 2: “I’m going back to school to finish my classes in underwater welding.”
Me: “Wow! That sounds like a great career with a lot of demand. Are you a welder now?”
Worker 2: “Yes.”
Me: “Well if you want to make some big money in a hurry, go to the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and eastern Montana. Welders there can make six figures because there is so much demand. Even drivers make big money, and the employers pay for CDLs, help with housing, and have good benefits. It’s not a great place for the family, but a lot of young guys buck it up for a year or two, make some big money, and then they are set.”
Wife: “There are always great opportunities somewhere. You may have to move, or do some kind of work you don’t want to do. We have all done work we didn’t want to, but that’s part of building wealth.”
Me: “I’ve always said I can do anything for a while. You don’t have to bust your rear end and save your money forever, just for a while. Then things get a lot easier.”
Worker 2: “Well, maybe I’ll have a place like yours some day!”
As I said in my last post, don’t believe the silliness you see and hear on the evening news. They would have you believe that young people, especially minorities, are angry and oppressed. The leftist politicians and talking heads predict a “blue wave” led by socialists who will save us all from the greedy corporations.
It just isn’t true. These young African-American dads are typical of the guys on the street that I enjoy meeting and with whom I am proud to share our great American heritage and values. They understand responsibility, work and reward, they respect employers and capitalism, they know when somebody is trying to blow smoke, and they are optimistic about the direction our country is headed. And – surprise! They love Trump!
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Stand in the place where you live (now face north)
Think about direction, wonder why you haven’t before
Stand in the place where you work (now face west)
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before