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 by Ed Donath



Laboring under a delusion. click here to subscribe to the eddobloggo RSS feed

 originally published 9/3/10

If you can still afford to do so by the official end of this sixth Recovery Summer, throw a steak on the barbeque.  While it is grilling to perfection say a prayer of thanks for your survival and continued ability to buy groceries.  Then pour a glass of your favorite beverage and raise it in a toast to the private sector citizen who signs your paycheck. 

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. Cleveland was also concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair. By the 20th century, all 50 U.S. states made Labor Day a state holiday.  The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public  "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations," followed by a festival for the workers and their families...

 - excerpted from Wikipedia

The first Labor Day Parade - New York 1882

The first Labor Day Parade - New York 1882


Samuel Gompers,  the first American Federation of Labor president.

Samuel Gompers,  first AFL  president.

If you work for a publicly-owned corporation let To Capitalism! be your toast.


If you work in the public sector you can afford to throw a couple of steaks on the grill. The only thanks your benefactors require for your continued success is that you vote the same line in November as you did in the last election and the one before that.  If you're drinking, let To the AFL/CIO! be your toast.


If there are any Labor Day rallies or parades this year -- a year in which about one in five Americans continue to be unemployed -- the good news is that they will not be a direct result of feds-knocking-heads as was the case on that first Labor Day (see above) 


However, as times get tougher because of so much unemployment and underemployment, concern over the possibility of civil unrest grows.  With it also comes deep concern over how such unrest would be dealt with by those in power. You may worry that gun-clinging right-wingers will be led to snap by some anti-government "extremists" like Sarah Palin or Ted Nugent but, historically, you would be laboring under a delusion.


Think about what happened in Greece in the "Anti-austerity Riots" in which tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece got a 110 billion ($141 billion) loan package to keep it from defaulting.  That's Greece, my friends, a civilized western nation known as the cradle of philosophy and all things intellectual.


"Think it couldn’t happen here? We’re getting closer. Reminder: SEIU Purple Shirts threw a city-wide tantrum in San Francisco last fall over budget cuts and layoffs. The teachers’ union in New Jersey wishes austerity crusader GOP Gov. Chris Christie dead. The anarchist riots in Santa Cruz caused massive property damage to more than a dozen businesses and a similar rampage in Asheville, NC involved more than 20 black-clad thugs -- for whom a Denver anarchist group is now raising legal funds..." - Michelle Malkin 5/5/10


During Obama's first term Teamsters president James Hoffa was warming up a Detroit crowd when he said: "President Obama, this is your army, and we are ready to march. Everybody here’s got a vote. If we go back, and we keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong.”  On the very same day Joe Biden was at an AFL-CIO Labor Day rally making violence-provoking references to the opposition: "You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates…the other side has declared war on labor's house."


So if your union organizer says: "Give 'til it hurts!" to Obama's Labor Day fundraisers, begging you to keep big labor cronies in power, be generous.  You'll start making it up when you get back to work on Tuesday. 


But for too many of your fellow Americans this Labor Day, Tuesday will be yet another day off followed by God only knows how many more days off -- with no barbeques. 


My own Labor Day toast: May the Fall of the Democrat Empire follow this latest Recovery Summer and may the Winter of Our Discontent never come.


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I'll raise my glass to that.



Des Moines, IA 

How true!



Lafayette, LA 

I will be thankful. I also will say a prayer for the many many citizens who can and are willing and able to get up everyday to keep the hounds of poverty from the door. I will also say a prayer for the many many citizens who have to endure the pains of despair when seeking and never finding gainful employment. It is a dim forecast of the future for all. For the many hope is lost for many change never came. I will raise my glass to the citizens of this country we will over come. Thanks Ed.



Palm Springs, CA 

Today roughly 12% of the Nations Workforce is Union.. The vast majority of them are Government Workers or Employees of Firms that do Contract Work for the Government. 

Since the other 88% pf us get no benefits out of the unions... maybe it's time we look at a suggestion our friend the Old Lady (Tally Democrat) made in a blog recently

"Now, Labor Day marks the end of the summer for most people, although schools go back in session in many locations in the middle of August. It's the last long weekend to travel for some. LD also marks the beginning of the football season and for awhile (1954-2004) the Southern 500 NASCAR race was held on Labor Day.

I think we need to keep the holiday but rename it "Summer's Over, Football's Finally Here, Let's Party" day. Hmmmmm. I may have something here"



Melbourne, FL  

Like “Fill-it Ming-non” tender, tasty, and delicious. Alas it is but a memory. Good post and great Sunday morning read.



Wausau, WI 

After Hoffa's and Biden's inflammatory remarks...I think it's clear who are the real SOB's and barbarians. Since Obama and the media have acquiesced and given Hoffa and Biden a free ride, you can thrown them in also.



Montgomery, AL 

Well said, Ed - Here's my take on the enemies of Capitalism and business in general: At the top, we have the parasitic ruling elite, who always want their cut (the top gangsters); then we have the socialists (democrats, mostly) that want to micro manage every aspect of our lives through fees rules and taxes, these are the nosy control freaks we all know too well. At the bottom are those with fewer talents, content to sweep up the crumbs. This group tends to envy the hard- working, rather than be motivated by them; typically they feel entitled to free stuff from others. Alas, it appears the public is finally waking up to the fact that we don't have to put up with any of this crap.



St. Cloud, MN 

there is as much to be scared, or aware, of as there is to be thankful for...



Palm Springs, CA 

My prayers go out to those who try and escape their lives for a few days in September. Like for the drunks on New Years Eve I leave escaping to the Outdoors to the amateurs this weekend for much the same reason.



Great Falls, MT 

[There will be fewer amateurs to shun this year. -ED]

From William J.H. Boetcker; “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”


Uncle Larry

Austin, TX 

How do Unions fit into a Global Economy? This is a very interesting question. A large part of the prosperity of our "middle class" was the result of the union contract that was struck between workers and business. I am from Green Bay and those that worked in the paper mills made a lot more then my folks who were public school teachers. When the Teachers began organizing, my Dad was really upset as he considered this to be Socialistic - as teachers should teach for the "public good" and not for the money. I understood his argument, but (but even as a teen) realized we certainly could have used more money for the support of our family. With the global economy, I do not know what the answer is on how to provide a reasonable living for the "working class" as many of those factory jobs (perhaps most) have been "deported" to areas of the least expensive labor. Not everyone can be a banker, corporate head, stock broker, or (now) teacher...good post.



Wausau, WI 

[Since unionistas account for only a small percentage of the population, what we have here is a classic case of "tail wags dog" that is being perpetuated and elevated by yet another relatively small segment of the population -- lefty politicians and outright radical lefties. This is not even socialistic, malark, as your dad may have suggested. This is just plain dictatorial. Glad you liked my rant. -ED]

Unions are 12% of the working people in this country. Thanks for the slam on unions on labor day. Union labor helped build this country and the standard of living we used to have. As unions shrunk so did everyone's pocket books. Unions have built the middle class and people like yourself are hell bent on destroying them. too bad. working peoples wages haven't risen since the decline of union membership and CEO pay has risen ten fold. fair system Yeah right. Welcome to the new world order.



Ashland, OH

[Currently, unions are as responsible for the loss of private sector jobs as any other factor.  They also spawned organized crime and they continue to be synonymous with corruption -- political and otherwise -- cronyism and thuggery.  But they provide Democrat votes, so lefties continue to demonize everything else that might actually promote economic recovery instead of stifling it.  -ED]

So, what i get from most of this rambling, is that republicans don't celebrate Labor Day. If they do, they shouldn't !!



Montgomery, AL 

[What I get from your reading comprehension deficit, nockworst, is that Democrat socialists don't think being grateful for private sector job creators/providers is perhaps the most important element of Labor Day. -ED]

...I will take my steak medium with a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a side of stimulating conversation. Here's to those that go to work every day to support (monetarily), a run amok spend crazy Federal Government. Even more importantly, here's to our service people from whom we ask so much, with some giving the "last measure".



Great Falls, MT 

To the toast I say Hear! Hear! To those who support and defend the Constitution, I call my brothers and sisters. To those who
sail to foreign shores and defend The Republic I say Godspeed.


Palm Springs, CA 

It has been more like the Summer of Survival, and if you were able to survive the summer with a job you are fortunate. If the Summer of Survival has taught us anything it's this: government isn't the answer, it's the problem. The second thing many have come to realize over this past summer is that Keynesian economics is in fact the true voodoo economic philosophy.



Mansfield, OH 

If you are working at all you should be thankful. This political rant about the private sector vs labor unions is really in poor taste to try to stear the pot, especially when most peoples pots are empty. This day is for the workers and those that want to work, please leave politics out in this day of days.



Palm Springs, CA 

[It is in poor taste for the ruling class to tell Americans that this has been a 'Recovery Summer' and that their plan to spend us into oblivion is working when we know that the exact opposite is true. Your moral outrage tells the whole story about the dwindling cling-on lefty minority and their workers' paradise. -ED]

I' m curious. I hear the term "working man" or "working families" used all the time. I believe it is used to refer to the non-management workers of the world. 

My question is this: I would be considered "rich" by President Obama as I make in excess of 250K per year. Am I not a "working man" as well? I report to my senior partners and shareholders. I work 60 hours per week on average, more during tax season, and yet I get this feeling that I wouldn't be included in the "working man" group.

Can someone help me out here?



Des Moines, IA 

[You ARE a working man -- uberworker, at that -- and a living proof that the system -- and its perpetuators -- need to be scrapped before they kill the goose that lays golden eggs. I salute you! Except it sounds like you got "wealthy" because you have studied the governments tax system and probably hope it gets even more complicated to keep you in the chips (lol) -ED]

I was listening to a union leader on tv over the weekend and he was bemoaning all the human rights violations occurring in the US because there are some workers not allowed to join a union. A clear violation of a workers human rights. Give me a break!!! If I wanted my union dues to end up in some politicians pocket, I'd put it there myself, not have a middleman do it for me.



Wausau, WI 

I think one of the points just casually mentioned in that article [a recent column by Robert Reich] that should have gotten greater emphasis was foreign made goods. We can tax the rich to provide better benefits to the working class, we can tax the business for their ‘carbon footprint’ to help pay for it too and we can not tax the first $20k of worker’s income. BUT, what income?

As long as we continue to support overseas jobs with our own pocketbook we put ourselves out of work. 
Oh we like to blame everyone else who makes a buck off overseas operations but we save a buck by buying those overseas goods. What’s the difference? Both groups are only looking out for themselves.  If you tax imports it raises the price, exactly what the consumer is trying to avoid paying. If you tax carbon, prices will reflect that tax. Again the consumer will be asked to pay more for the goods thereby making foreign goods even more attractive.

To quote Pogo, “We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us!”
That is part of what Robert Reich fails to see. What may have worked in 1928 won’t now because first you have to get people a job and unlike 1928, those jobs are gone not just idled.



Wausau, WI 

I think this useless "holiday" should be abolished so people can work on on this day. Why waste another day when we have more holidays right around the corner? At the very least, it should be renamed Labor Union Thug Day. Or perhaps Socialism Day.



Montgomery, AL 

I personally know of a Green Bay firefighter who has been on the job for 29 years, each of the last five his pay has decreased, his union settling for less in benefits and pay for the greater good of saving the tax payer money. You Mr. Donath have fallen for the left [rhetoric] of unions causing job loss, as have many others. The death of our ability to speak as a group for safety in the work place, a living wage, and job security is the death of the middle class. On this Labour Day perhaps we could toast those who gave their lives in the fight for the right to unionize, they are surely turning in their graves.



Geen Bay, WI

[Somewhere along the way the corruption, political manipulation and greed supplanted "safety in the work place, a living wage, and job security"...for which we are all paying the price under Obama. -ED]

We must suffer through another "recovery summer" and two winters of discontent before we are rid of the "street organizer" from Chicago, perhaps the most corrupt city in the land. If the mass media had done its job as the 4th estate, we would not be in this economic mess. On the other hand, there is still time. The right optimist can turn this ship on a dime. Enjoy your steak.

Who can say the UAW did great things for Chrysler and GM workers. Add Detroit if you dare. Union organizers (like street organizers) are slick talking salesmen who promise to take care of the gulls. The gulls are looking for someone to take care of them. The outcome will be ugly if individuals aren't allowed to take care of themselves. etc.



Montgomery, AL 

A drink to the living and a toast to the dead has always sufficed for me. My grandfather was one of presidents of the coal miners during the depression and before he died he told me unions have outlived their usefulness. For Gotti, Jr. to basically threaten the Elephants and continue to be supported by the Donkeys speaks volumes as to where we are headed...

...After my recent visit to Custer's Last Stand Memorial in Eastern Montana and seeing way too many white crosses along the roads I will once again have a drink for the living and will toast the dead...



Florence, MT

Someone pointed out an interesting demographic shift. When old guard, and some not-so-old-guard, communist regimes took over, they vetted the population to execute the liberal intelligentsia (who had often helped bring about the revolution) and the plain old rich by checking their hands for calluses. Soft hands meant not working class and led to the wall or the gallows, or just an unceremonious and economical bullet in the occiput. Today, most of the union workers are clerical or pink-collar, like teaching, while the rich tend to have more calluses from tennis, golf, or just working out to keep from being obese. In the Cambodian holocaust (communist, for the public school graduates), I have read, possession of a pair of eyeglasses was often a death sentence.

The chellspecker here does not recognize "occiput," BTW.

Government is capable of hiring an unlimited number of unionized administrative assistants and adjuncts to assistants before it takes on any significant number of callus-causing shovel-ready projects. The best way to make a union government job with mandatory dues deductions immortal, is to have it not actually do anything.

Here is the way it worked with Huey Long: the government paymaster would bring the checks to the job site. The workers would endorse the check without seeing how much it was for, and receive cash from the government paymaster. The difference between the check and the cash went into the Long machine's "box." Today they do it right out in the open, through union dues/political contributions.



Lafayette, LA

I will toast to several things this Labor Day:
I toast to working in the oil industry and still having a job and benefits.
I toast to the oil industry gainfully employing two sons.
I toast to the other two children for being driven enough to have gotten good jobs, even though they are poor put upon women.
I toast to the fact that November is approaching and I am optimistic.
I toast to the fact that maybe we as a country can hang on until the next Presidential election.
Finally I toast to the men and women in uniform who have the hardest labor in this country.

Lafayette, LA

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