Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the LORD;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
As we continue comparing America before and after America’s rebellion from Part 1 and America’s World War II’s Miracle in part 2; today, in Part 3, we will compare my experience before and after the rebellion. As you read what follows, please note that my experience was not at all unusual before America’s rebellion and I don’t know any other way than showing you my experience.
Last week, we looked at how with the Lord’s help, America basically doubled all production in the five years between mid 1940 and early 1945. Liberals then predicted disaster when the war spending stopped but this disaster never occurred, which is another sign of the Lord blessing His nation of America that still choose to be a Christian nation under God. I was so impressed with government and all the opportunity just before America’s rebellion that I asked those around me if they felt the same way. Most said the best years were in the period after the war in the early 1950’s. Following the war years, there was great prosperity in America as we were blessed by the Lord.
Here is what my experience was just before America’s 1963 rebellion as I started my post military service working career. When I was first married in August of 1958, I was working for a food chain in Iowa and with my marriage; I received a raise to a dollar an hour and worked about 60 hours a week. I knew there wasn’t much opportunity where I was so I started a search of where in America I would like to live and where the opportunity was. It was remarkable that I had so many choices as I wrote to chambers of commerce in several areas of America. Having liked California where I was stationed at the end of my stint in the Navy, I decided to head to Southern California and try to get into aerospace. I then took a jet engine correspondence course to help qualify me for work in aero space. After arriving in Southern California, I found work at North American Aviation’s Autonetics Division at the end of January 1959.
My jet engine correspondence course turned out to be a $600 waste of time and money and that left me with only $300 to move to California! I had to wait for applications to be processed everywhere I applied before I got a job offer. Staying at an aunt of my wife got so tiresome we had to get an apartment before I had a job. By then, we only had $13 to make it through two weeks before I got my first check. I bought gas at a gallon a time towards the end as gas was about 28 cents a gallon and food was anything but plentiful with our limited money.
With my first job, I found myself in the midst of the Cold War’s intercontinental missile race helping to make Minuteman 1’s inertial guidance sets among other things. Minuteman 1 was to be America’s first line of defense with missile electronics turned on all the time and ready to go. They were in silos at strategic sites in the continental states. I started at labor grade 2, which was one step above a janitor and by August of 1965 had progressed through the 17 hourly labor grades and was at salary grade four. I would get promoted and about the time my pay check caught up with my promotion, I would receive another promotion. My division went from 7,800 people when I hired in to well over 40 thousand, some say over 50 thousand. Huge layoffs in aerospace began in the late sixties when America was at the end of the moon race and as America was fighting the Vietnam War and the war on poverty at the same time. America chose not to win one and could never win the other!
By then I had been promoted to working with suppliers in several Midwest and eastern states and Canada obtaining high reliability parts*. I was too busy to worry about being laid off and when I looked up, all the country club people making a lot more than I were all gone! My new boss said you are one of my best people and way under paid and I received a raise on a raise on a raise and wound up making 27% more just as Nixon put on wage and price controls! It was suggested a few times that I should ask for a raise but I always figured my work should speak for itself.
I marveled at how well government and utilities worked and their cost when I moved to Southern California. In 1961, I bought the median priced home in America for $13,650 dollars. It was 1100 hundred square feet on a slab with a two car garage, I ½ baths and two car garage on a 60 x 100 foot lot with a 20 year conventional mortgage. By then, I could make the house payment and taxes on one weeks check. Utility payments were pretty much nuisance payments at about $4 each for gas, water, electricity, and phone service. I marveled at how the water came all the way from the Colorado River and was so reasonably priced that some people would wash their cars using a hose without a nozzle and the water would run the whole time. A year or so later, I could make the house and tax and one weeks groceries out of one check and I marveled at that. After 48.5 years of work and socialistic government, I couldn’t come close to doing that!
I also marveled at the service we received from the government before the rebellion. Mail was delivered twice a day. Garbage was picked up twice a week. If you went on a vacation, the police would come and check your house twice a day and they would walk into your gated back yard to check everything. I was in front of my house when I saw a policeman come out of the backyard of a neighbor’s house with a puzzled look and he asked me if I would come over. We went in the backyard and he asked me if the houses interior looked normal as he thought it had been trashed in a burglary. I said I think it looks normal for that family as I had seen a lot worse. We lived on a long street of neat houses with mothers at home with their kids and only one woman worked at a job and she worked as a secretary of a church!
My biggest marvel was that I had choices of five junior colleges and two state colleges within fifteen miles or so with free tuition and I took full advantage of it. I worked my way up to taking 12 credit hours a semester while still working some overtime at my day job. It seemed like all I did was work and hustle off to evenings in college every work night, and study all weekend. I would fall asleep studying and think I am going to flunk a test but I actually wound up with great grades. I tried 15 hours a semester but I couldn’t cut that. I also tried working nights and being with the college kids during the day but that didn’t work. I did much better with competitive adults in the evenings that were there because they wanted to learn that subject and I credit them with my grades.
At work, they offered the promotion I was going to school for when I had about 86 credit hours so I accepted the promotion to the field with the hope I would be able to finish college later; but, I traveled heavily the next thirty one years and had no chance to finish my education. I got a hold of a Quality engineering manual several inches thick and studied through that and found a study group to join. I almost aced my eight hour Quality Engineer test and was certified.
During my working career I often noted how much harder it was getting for enterprising young people to get started and find steady well paying jobs. America, wake up! During this same time it got better and better for those on welfare and many now prefer welfare. Our country was founded on the government giving rights and not paying any kind of welfare (see my November 2013 Posts) and cannot survive much longer ignoring our constitution. As Ronald Reagan said, socialism is shared misery.
Please understand this. My story of life before America’s rebellion is not at all unusual for that period of time. Most of the people I worked with had similar stories.
*I’m proud of the reliability improvements my group made in every ones lives. When I started my career, most of us in my neighborhood worked on our own non-reliable TVs they malfunctioned so often. Minuteman 1 was the first large scale user of solid state electronics and we pioneered high reliability components. We achieved an amazing level of reliability for everyone. We soon achieved a reliability level equivalent to something like 15 color TV’s going a hundred years without a failure!
Ron Madison at http://www.americaisafallennation.com
Psalm 111:2 Great are the works of the LORD;