Danny Tyree, FloydReports.com
Labor Day isn’t what it used to be.
Parades are less prominent. Jerry Lewis has been ousted from the MDA Telethon. Summer weather seems to drag into mid-October, and even the “no white after Labor Day” fashion dogma has crumbled.
And our day-to-day lives have made the once-great notion of a day honoring the working people of America a farce.
When you think of how much the welfare state has grown since Jerry first sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (and how many able-bodied individuals are milking the disability system), you feel more like punching a brick wall than a time card.
There are still workplaces where management and labor have mutual respect and are in sync for a common goal. There are also employers who forget the role of providing capital, vision, and inspiration and instead merely dump unreasonable expectations on underlings, cut corners, and practice a “see no evil” philosophy under the auspices of rubber-stamp directors.
Politicians pay lip service to the working men and women who made this country great, even as they keep the masses stirred up with self-serving class warfare rhetoric. Of course they have to save time to craft tax laws and regulations that send jobs overseas and entice undocumented workers from across the border.
Workers like to have a sense of significance and contribution. But when you realize that every cent of income tax you sweat to generate — and every cent the other wage slaves in your department generate — won’t pay for one frivolous flight by Government Official X, you feel like….