Here we are, at the Labor Day holiday. A day off work, the last day of summer vacation for school students, and RELIEF on the way for beleaguered moms who’ve been hearing cries of “I’m BORED” since mid June.
I have a different take on Labor Day, and would like to share it here.
What Does Labor Day Mean?
In years past, we celebrated this day by remembering those who toil in all fields of endeavor, from farm hands, to factory workers, to doctors, nurses, lawyers, and Indian chiefs. Truck drivers, mechanics, hair dressers, teachers, rubbish collectors, chefs, waiters and waitresses, clerks, etc etc, the plethora of occupations is too long to list, so I’ll just take this line to thank all those who toil to make our lives fuller, richer, healthier, better informed, well-fed, cleaner, and by making, delivering, selling, servicing all the things we take for granted in our daily lives.
But, not all is rosy for our laboring people today. We have a Leviathan of a federal government hell-bent to impose IT’S way upon us, instead of US imposing OUR way on them.
From the insane tax and regulatory policies from this out-of -control government that have driven the bulk of our formerly good-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs overseas, to the dwindling, yet VERY vocal organized labor machine, whose leadership has pretty much hijacked this holiday, whose demands, and unwillingness to negotiate in MANY areas, have simply put labor costs out of the reach of a large number of manufacturers, to the ever-increasing gains made by automation, and computer technologies, while making great strides in per man-hour productivity, has taken away it’s share of opportunity in manufacturing as well.
The days of quitting one’s good-paying job, and finding another before days’ end are long gone. The good jobs that have been sent away, never to return with more to follow IF we do not get people elected in places of power with the desire to see America succeed, our economy has, and will continue to suffer mightily for it.
As a small example, a while back I did some posts on the relatively recent boom in oil and gas production, using a process known as “fracking”, or hydraulic well fracturing. These jobs, for the most part, are good-paying, high-growth potential jobs, many without the requirement of a college-education. The earning potential, as far as I can glean from various sources, puts the pay range from $ 35,000 per year, up to $95,000. THERE is the EXACT numbers for the much-vaunted, but SEVERELY abused “middle class”.
Yet we have, on the left, in government and out, as usual, those who do not want this boom in any way, shape or form. We’ve heard the lies, we’ve heard the wailing and moaning of the enviro-wacko left about how this is no good, yada yada yada, but, since 2011, the U.S. has been out-producing OPEC in oil and gas production. Leading us away from dependence on foreign oil sources, such as the OPEC nations.
I’ll take WELL-PAYING JOBS for our people, and lessening our need for foreign energy sources ANY DAY over what the left wants for us.
I’ve gone on way long here, but to wrap it up, again, my thanks to those in all types of endeavors, the fruit of what you do makes life better for us all. May we strive to get those in place who will recognize WORK for the very vital role it plays not only for our economic benefit, but for our esteem, and sense of self-worth as well. A nation of people sitting around waiting for government handouts will soon have ZERO reason to celebrate anything, let alone such a concept as Labor Day. Enjoy your barbecue, day at the beach, or whatever you choose to do.