Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the American worker. Created by the labor movement, Labor Day pays homage to the accomplishments and contributions made to the American dream by the ordinary-working-man. Labor Day is a salute to the man Merle Haggard or Hank Williams, Jr. has sung about. He’s the guy that works hard, can’t wait ‘til Friday, spends his paycheck getting back to Monday, is the backbone of this nation, and is the most betrayed by the policies of the current administration.
There is some debate about who actually founded Labor Day, but it is generally agreed that it was birthed on September 5, 1882 through the efforts of the Central Labor Union in New York City. The idea spread with the growth of labor unions in the early 1900s and Labor Day is now a legal holiday throughout the country.
Labor, pure, old hard work is what has built this nation from its inception. The Founders came here from a controlled society to have the opportunity to reap the fruit of their own labor. It is right and appropriate that we take a day, at the end of summer vacations, call it Labor Day, and say, “Thank You” to America’s workers.
The ordinary working man founded this nation, expanded its borders, fought for its families, and bled for its freedom. It is the middle-class worker that this Administration campaigned to protect and it was the ordinary laborer who had the most hope for change.
That is why it is so disappointing that the instituted policies have failed this group more than anyone else. While campaigning, workers were told that high unemployment was the fault of the Republicans and specifically, former President Bush. They were convinced that their labor would provide better livings for their families if only they elected a different President and Congress.
Labor union leadership pushed their members hard to elect an administration that was “labor friendly.” The labor union member dues were used to finance election campaigns. And when the election went to the Democrats, the middle class laborer was ecstatic. He hoped for real change, but what happened?
First, and foremost, the unemployment rate has remained unacceptably high. Even though the rate is no longer a real indicator of the number of people out of work because of the way it is calculated, it reflects policies that have totally failed the labor force that were promised so much. With over 23 million people unemployed, under-employed, or no longer looking for work, the ordinary labor worker is the most vulnerable to job loss because of the Administration’s policies. He is the first to feel the pain and the last to recover.
Creating more debt in 3+ years than all the previous administrations collectively has created an additional burden for the ordinary working man. The ordinary middle-class worker knows that it will be his labor, his children’s labor, and even the labor of his grandchildren that will be required to pay for the irresponsible spending policies of this Administration.
The redistribution of wealth, described to Joe-the-Plumber during the campaign, redistributed the earnings of workers to recipients of entitlements. The only job sector to see growth during this Administration has been the governmental sector.
Time For Real Change
Contrary to statements, the private sector is not “OK,” and every worker, the true laborer knows it. When we are told that we did not “build” anything, every American worker is insulted. It is with their talent, investment, and sweat that we have become the greatest nation in World History. But current policy will destroy that success if left unchecked.
Labor union leaders have pledged their support for another 4 years of the same failed policies. The rank-and-file can’t afford 4 more hours of these policies, much less 4 more years. Labor union leaders, especially, should understand and demand that change is required to create a better environment for their member-workers.
The fundamental issue that current policy refuses to recognize is that government does not create a single job, government only sucks money out of the economy. Government does not contribute one iota to our Gross National Product, current policies inhibit our growth. Government, to paraphrase former President Reagan, is not the answer to the problem, it IS the problem. Every government job is funded by money taken from the pockets of hard working Americans.
Many labor union members have revolted against their leadership that moves in lock-step with Democrat agendas. The American worker has gotten smarter, started thinking for him or herself, and realized that lining the days of lining the pockets of corrupt leaders is over. Labor union members have started serving notice that their vote will no longer, “be assumed.”
Enjoy Labor Day, American Workers. You’ve earned the recognition. And, you deserve to continue to enjoy security for your family through the principle that built America, good old-fashioned work at a private-industry job that pays well for your labor.
Duane A. Miller is COO of The Proud Americans