Happy Labor Day! What does this day symbolize to you? As a child, it always meant the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year since school always began the same week as the Labor Day holiday. It also meant we returned from our summer at the beach to our “regular” house, only returning to the “Shore” on the weekends (until we moved there year round when I was in my teens.)
For many adults I suspect it is just another long weekend, the last of summer or perhaps, depending on where you live, the first long weekend of fall. A long weekend is always reason to celebrate.
If you’re a politician in this run-up to Presidential and Congressional elections, this weekend is a big one for campaigning–already. While someone who is fairly apolitical like me probably doesn’t want to hear things like that, others probably thrive on hearing the message the politicians bring.
And of course, this is a big weekend for agricultural fairs across our country–one of the best things about this time of year as the harvests come in.
But the weekend was created to celebrate the laborer, and while some might argue that he or she needs no protection now, there are others that will say that laborers and tradespeople need more protection and recognition than ever right now. While they don’t need parades, exactly, what they do need is jobs–something that isn’t looking too promising right now.
As this internet article points out while Labor Day has become mostly a day of rest, I’m sure the millions of unemployed would be happy to be doing meaningful work if only they could find it–but that’s not what this post is really about.
But really, while all those politicians are at the county fairs, wouldn’t it be nice if they could come up with some ways to create some jobs too?