Today is Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2013

Good afternoon:

Today is Labor Day in the United States. This day used to be celebrated with parades and speeches by public officials in cities large and small throughout the country. I doubt there will be many parades or speeches honoring the labor movement today because Republicans despise it and the Democratic Party, which was its stalwart defender for many years has ceased to support it.

Instead, the Democratic Party aggressively supports free market capitalism, an economic policy that has encouraged corporate America to relocate factories foreign countries and outsource millions of jobs. Job flight has resulted in an effective rate of unemployment around 15%.

Persistent unemployment and low demand for products and services is a major cause of our moribund economy because people do not have money to spend. So long as demand remains low, businesses have little incentive to increase their inventories and hire employees.

Labor created a prosperous middle class and no American should forget that. Today the middle class is disappearing and that is one of the greatest tragedies of these times.

In other news, Diana Nyad is close to completing her solitary open ocean swim from Cuba to Florida. She is the first human to have accomplished that task. Remarkable accomplishment.

Word from the capitol is that Congress is going to take approximately one week to decide whether to support or oppose President Obama’s idea to bomb Syria.

23 Responses to Today is Labor Day

  1. Trained Observer says:

    This just in: Fogen ticketed for speeding in Lake Mary. Am surprised he restained himself from making news over the weekend.

  2. Deborah Moore says:

    It’s not Labor Day anymore.
    Hope all is well at the Leatherman household.

  3. MDH says:

    Instead of glorifying war, labor day should be a time of self-reflection on how are nation has a history of shitting on those who toil.

    • bettykath says:

      You’re right about not glorifying war. Labor day should be an appreciation of the labor unions who brought about the 8 hour work day, 5 day work week, minimum wage, worker’s comp, child labor laws, overtime, retirement security, medical benefits. Unions and Ralph Nader should be thanked for OSHA.

      Thanks to Ronald Reagan and those who didn’t object, unions are being decimated. And so are all those worker rights.

      The minimum was in the 1960s was $2/hr. In today’s money, the minimum wage should be more than $15/hr. Inmates are being paid next to nothing to do work for corporations. Overtime as time and a half for anything over the 8 hour day or the 40 hour week seems to be a thing of the past. Those who have jobs in “downsized” corporations have to do more to cover for those who were let go and who are now looking to get at least 20 hours in a minimum wage job. Child labor laws – Newt thought it would be a good idea to have students as custodians in the schools. Retirement plans are underfunded and a prime target of the richest who just can’t seem to get enough. I wonder what happened to the Eastern Airlines retirement money after Frank Lorenzo stripped the airline of everything else.

      Ok. heart rate up, time to run some errands.

      • Aunt Bea says:

        It seems as if the industrial complex has abused its laborers anyway it can. For as long as it is allowed. CEOs everywhere get paid way too much. Did you read about the big wig who gave his bonus, a month’s salary BTW, to 10,000 of his hourly employees. They each get $325 extra. To his Chinese employees, that is huge. To an employee here, not so much.

        If left to their own devices, they also abuse the surroundings. All the regulations have “driven” them overseas to be “profitable”. Profitability starts with the entries on the balance sheet.

        People with jobs are grateful to have them and probably take a lot of crap while doing them.
        People without jobs, I think, would build a pyramid if it paid enough.

        Those job creators ain’t creating, they are abandoning.
        Now, that is treasonous, to me.

        Self-actualization based on the $$$$$.

  4. Soulcatcher says:

    @Xena, yes I am proud of them both, my daughter though……well lets just say she is The Drama Queen. LOL

  5. Xena says:

    Happy Labor Day everyone. On this Labor Day, I am laboring in the yard, while grilling on the pit. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Deborah Moore says:

      Good eatin’, xena.
      I actually went down to the community pool and did a few laps.

      • Xena says:

        @Deborah Moore. There are times I wish I could swim. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Deborah Moore says:

          Swimmin’ happens.
          In our minds, if not with our bodies.
          Take good care and have a lovely sleep.

        • Soulcatcher says:

          Both of my kids learned to swim when I placed them on a recreational swim team, my son was 9 and my daughter was 5. My son became the assistant coach in high school and a recreational swim team coach at 15. Them both were then swimming on the USST which trained them for the Jr Olympics.
          One day his high school team was short one girl to swim a relay for the meet the next day, so he said no problem, I’ll bring my sister. The next day he brought his sister who had just turned nine. They thought it was a joke. They thought they were going to lose, they put her up last to swim. She got up on the board, bent down with her hands touching the board, (like the pros) swam four laps doing flip turns, (not swimming to the end, turning around like they did). Needless to say when she touched, all 7 other swimmers where at least 2 laps behind her. No one could believe it, she made her brother proud. That was 17 years ago, and he still coaches every year.

  6. bettykath says:

    The excuse of giving a lesson to Assad for using chemical weapons should first be considered for the number of times and the millions of people maimed and killed by the US use of various WMD, incluidng napalm, white phosphorus, and DU. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.

    • colin black says:

      And two Nuclear Bombs dropped on Japanease civilians

    • Jasmine says:

      Isn’t it just? I guess what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander. It is wrong no matter who does it but the US isn’t the world’s police. We can’t even police ourselves.

  7. bettykath says:

    Let’s hope Congress decides to help the people of Syria by providing serious aid to the millions of refugees from the war. Using the military to rain bombs on the country will just exacerbate the conditions that will produce more death and destruction and refugees.

  8. cielo62 says:

    >^..^< A big MEOW out to Diana! She did it!!

    • Trained Observer says:

      And what better place than the Conch Republic’s Key West for one and all to hail her achievement. MEOW x 2, cielo

  9. Trained Observer says:

    Go Diana — Perhaps 64 is the new 34. It’s great to have something positive to celebrate amid all the global chaos and domestic dust-ups.

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