My ideas to help the State of Michigan! (However unrealistic they may be!)

I originally tried to post this on mlive, because they were asking citizens for ideas to try and help our State’s economy. It didn’t post correctly there, so I figured I would post it here to get it off my chest, lol! Here it is:

One thing that might help, would be to set up specific areas in stores, to showcase Michigan made/grown products. Then at least those of us who want to support local businesses, would know for sure, which items would help Michigan’s economy, without trying to guess at it.

It might (I said, MIGHT) also restore our faith in Government, if our Officials would live off of what the average citizen is making annually,($20-30,000) WITHOUT having access to their current finances for ONE YEAR. Maybe, then, they will realize what it is REALLY like to live as a Michigander. When they find that they are unable to afford health insurance, car insurance, gas, food, rent/mortgage, utilities, well then, they will know what WE feel like every month.

If they DO manage to make it work, GREAT, then they won’t NEED those huge salaries, and the money that the Gov’t saves in salaries, can go for other things that the people of this state need, ie; more teachers, police officers, firefighters, and child care/community health centers for the poor.

Another idea to save money would be to cut off mothers who recieve public assistance, if they continue to have children AFTER they know that they cannot care for them financially on their own. If you are on assistance, that’s understandable, because everyone needs a helping hand ONCE IN A WHILE, but to have MORE babies when YOU can’t take care of the ones you HAVE, is RIDICULOUS, and IRRESPONSIBLE.

It kills me that DHS will pay for more and more children if you keep having them, but it won’t pay for the termination of a pregnancy. I don’t advocate abortions at all, but why would the Gov’t pay THOUSANDS for a child who is likely going to be on the welfare rolls for at least 18 years, but not pay a few HUNDRED for a termination when it might help ease the rolls. To keep from paying for countless abortions, (and they shouldn’t) then limit them to one, and if the woman gets pregnant again, then she will be cut off, PERIOD!

They could also cut down on Inaugurations. (ALL OF THEM!) Ok, you have been voted into Office, so invite your family, close friends, have some soup and salad, and show a highlight of it on the 6:00 news. It is not necessary to have, roads closed, a security force, limos, dinner, dancing, music, flowers, entertainers, speeches, etc… If our economy could afford it, sure, but it CAN’T, and a party like that, is DEFINITELY NOT a NECCESSITY.

Wake up Michigan.

Ok, I guess I’m done,

…for now.


To all the young-uns! It felt good, didn’t it?…

But did you ever stop to think that during all that “feeling good”, that you neglected to use a condom? That you hadn’t been taking your Birth Control pills correctly? Now that “feel good” has come back and put you, and your family, in the position of taking on the responsibility of something that you could have prevented in the first place, with just a little thought, or consideration for the consequences. And now, because it “felt good”, you are expecting a baby.


Do you have a job? Your own place? A car, or other mode of transportation? Can you buy diapers for your child? Milk? A crib? Are you able to buy blankets, bottles, undershirts, a diaper bag, car seat, socks, pajamas, medicine, pacifier, teething ring, toys? After that, can you afford school supplies, school clothes, vaccinations, dr. visits, summer clothes, winter coat, boots, the school trip, school pictures, money for the bake sale, money for the class snack that you have to bring once a month? And beyond that, will you be able to pay for senior pictures, the senior trip, graduation, and college? Probably not, because you were only thinking of YOURSELF, and what YOU wanted.


How nice it was of you, and your significant other, (or was it just your “fly by night” date?) to put the burden of YOUR whole new family on your parents. Since YOU are unable to do it, who do you think the responsiblity falls to? These items don’t fall out of the sky! SOMEONE has to purchase them–it’s not either of you, so who then? Once again, probably your parents. Wow, what fun that must be for them! To go out and have to buy all of the things they had to buy 20 years ago to take care of you, and now they get to do it all again, for YOUR child, because you were too selfish, arrogant, proud, ignorant (take your pick!) to use protection, when there is so much of it around.


You are SUCH an adult, huh? You can run around MAKING babies, but don’t have the wherewithal to take care of one. You’re the bad ass who can scream in your parent’s face about how grown you are, but when your child needs something, who is the first person you call? Yo MAMA, or yo DADDY, and in some cases your Grandmama!! 


Why do you young people not think of these things? Why do you not care enough to take ONE SMALL precaution to PREVENT this? Whatever happened to sex being the LAST step in a relationship, as opposed the the now seemingly FIRST step in one? Sex used to be SPECIAL between a man and a woman, and people waited until they were married, or at least COMMITTED, before they embarked on this part of the relationship. Now, all you hear after 4 kids, and 3 “babymommas”, is, “Marriage? Oh, I ain’t READY fa datt”. OH…so you’re not READY??? …but you were ready to get ‘busy’, or “jump off” because he or she “looked good”. Boy…..good reason to put your family through picking up the pieces or your ‘feel good” time, huh?


If you are one of the few that IS prepared, and are a REAL adult, then more power to you! But if you can’t take care of any of this, because you are unemployed, uneducated, living in your parents’ house, asking them for money, needing someone to give you a ride all the time, etc… then YOU ARE NOT READY, so keep your zipper UP, and that nickel between your KNEES!


Your parents are in their 40’s, 50’s, or even their 60’s in some cases, have raised their own children, and worked hard to do so, but now they have to do it all again, just because it ‘felt good” and you had to get your ‘freak’ on. Wow.


Tell me now….does it still feel good?

If you want quality employees, PAY a QUALITY WAGE!!

I am so sick of the job market these days!


  I am a fine dining hostess, and an exceptional one, but restaurants don’t want to PAY anything, anymore! They want you to be professional, articulate, well groomed, personable, handle difficult guests, stressful situations, help bus and set tables when needed, type up specials, make reservations, answer phones, serve water, coffee, and tea, manage a wait list on busy nights, and tons of other duties, ALL with a smile on your face! Well, I CAN, and WILL, do ALL of that, but not for minimum wage!! You get what you pay for! That is one of the reasons that you have such a high turnover of employees. If you want quality EMPLOYEES, then you have to be willing to pay quality WAGES!!
   If by chance you are unable to pay a decent wage, at least offer BENEFITS! It might be worth it to an employee to work for minimum wage, if they can get health benefits along with it. But to pay low, AND no benefits? People just don’t want to do that any more. 

  The same goes for OTHER positions in the restaurant industry. They want Chefs with a TON of experience, want them to invent recipes to help build business, follow the restaurant’s current recipes to the letter, order, and accept delivery of food, stay on budget, AND put out quality meals, but want to pay them only $8-$9 and hour! Do you really think that people with the experience you require, are willing to work for that kind of money? I mean, I know it’s rough out there, but people are not going to sell their souls any more just to have job that pays barely enough to survive.

 Come on employers, pay out some REAL money if you want employees that will STAY, as well as give the service that you have come to expect. It’s only fair!Image

CHOOSE to be educated, don’t just make it an “option” in your life!

   Why Lord, oh WHY….do people INSIST on saying “Mines” where there is no such word?? If you mean that it belongs to you, then say “MINE”!! There is no “S” on the end!! You wouldn’t say “Rices” would you? Even though there is more than one grain, you STILL say “Rice”. It’s the same thing with “Mine”. 

    As long as we’re at it, “A lot” is TWO words, not ONE. The word “definitely” does not have an “a” in it, and FOR GOD’S SAKE, please figure out the difference between through/threw, to/too/two, your/you’re, passed/past, woman/women, men/man, quiet/quite, tired/tried, advice/advise, here/hear, there/their/they’re, worse/worst, and loss/lost!! 

    Next, the words “truly”, “lying”, and “dying” do not include the letter “e”, (ie; “dyeing”, “truely”, “lyeing”) except in the singular. The words “payed” and “tryed” do not exist. They are spelled, “Paid”, and “tried”.
Also, make sure that when you are writing, and a question is asked, PUT A QUESTION MARK AT THE END! I cannot TELL you how many times I have been reading, and gotten to the end of what I thought was a statement, only to find out that the person was actually asking a question–SHEESH!! It changes the whole meaning of what you are reading.

    A better life always begins with a better education, and if you are not educated PROPERLY, people will not take you seriously in the business world. When you wonder why you didn’t get a job, maybe it’s because half of the words you spelled, were incorrect. Maybe you didn’t use proper punctuation, (periods, commas, and capitalization where it SHOULD be, paragraphs when the thought changes, etc…) or it could be that you are leaning back in the chair with your hand down your pants, and saying “See what I’m saying…” every 5 minutes…

   The other thing that drives me crazy, is when people do not proofread their work before publishing it. PLEASE, PLEASE, PROOFREAD your work! I realize that even the BEST authors are guilty of a typo on occasion, but much of that can be avoided if you just READ what you write, BEFORE you post it somewhere!! The best way to do this, is to write it, save it as a draft, then come back later, and read it as if you have not seen it before. If it doesn’t flow smoothly, or the thoughts are not conveyed correctly, make your changes THEN. 

    I could go on and on, (I guess I have, but it seemed necessary at this point) but hopefully you have gotten the message by now. If you HAVEN’T, sadly, there might not be any hope for you. 

    Now, instead of getting mad about an article like this, what you SHOULD do, is say “thank you” that someone cared enough to say it out loud. All that is left now, is for you to DO something ABOUT it!

   Instead of cussing people out on FB as a second language, worrying about what you’re going to wear to “the club”, or getting you hair and nails done every week, work more on the IMPORTANT areas of yourself. 

 Ok, off my soapbox now, but this needed to be said. I usually just touch lightly on this subject because usually “stat” boxes only allowed so many characters, but I HERE, I can get it ALL OUT, lol! 

 Good luck to all who want to be better. To those of you who don’t, oh well….it’s not like you weren’t told…

Take care all, xoxo Gramma D 🙂Image

Proper sentence structure…

I am SO tired of trying to read posts by people who use NO punctuation, so that EVERY sentence runs into the next one, and then they act all confused because you don’t know what they are saying! If you are done with a sentence, USE A PERIOD!! If you are asking a QUESTION, USE A QUESTION MARK!! If you are combining two sentences, USE A COMMA! Damn, it’s not that hard!! I should not have to “figure out” what you are trying to TELL me!