It’s the first Monday in September and for some it signifies the end of summer, start of school, and the last time to hit the community swimming pool and BBQ.However, the day we celebrate today, Labor Day, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.However, according to the U.S. Department of Labor official website on Labor Day, “The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.”
But today I ask you, what does Labor Day mean in America now?Do we truly still celebrate American workers or just dismiss their efforts as a means to supply tax revenue to government for the growth of the welfare nanny-state? Or are the fruits of the labor from hard working Americans now used only to fill the coffers of union bureaucracy to promote its cronyism and maintaining power?
At a time when the president of the United States exposes his disdain for the American worker and entrepreneur with statements such as “you didn’t build that” and pushes for work permits for illegal immigrants — can you really say on Labor Day we’re celebrating the American worker? Or are we now celebrating a movement that just exploits the American worker?
The evidence is clear, the wages of middle income Americans are down, depressed under this progressive socialist Obama administration. The wealth gap has exploded over the past five years as Wall Street has boomed, but Main Street has fizzled.More Americans are out of work or working part-time than at any other time — how can we “celebrate” Labor Day when the workforce participation rate is at an almost 36 year low? Many pay lip service to the American worker all for their own self-serving political gain, while American workers lose their full time equivalent positions and scrape by on part-time while they watch the value of their dollars decrease.
And with all that, hard working Americans find themselves working harder and more, just so they can fuel the ever-expanding dependency society that has become America. More people on welfare, food stamps (EBT cards), and various other means by which their humble wealth is transferred — again for political power and gain.
So as we “celebrate” Labor Day, perhaps we should consider the tax, regulatory, and monetary policies that are being implemented which are antithetical to the success of the American worker. Maybe the struggling American worker should consider those “labor Bosses” who are the real fat cats living high on the hog and who will probably be eating quite well today.
Regardless, the U.S. Department of Labor defines the meaning of Labor Day as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”As we observe Labor Day 2014, ask yourself, as an American worker is this nation celebrating YOUR strength, prosperity, and well-being today — or that of progressive socialists — certainly not for your prosperity, but for their power?
Happy Labor Day, America.