Our Labor Day parade 2010
Americans have President Grover Cleveland to thank for the political ploy of setting up an annual Labor Day, a Monday holiday for some that traditionally has meant speeches and parades through the towns and burroughs.
Imho, Cleveland established Labor Day in order to avert more crises with workers angry toward the government, not to honor them, which is a load of hogwash!
So considering the condition of the US labor market and too-high unemployment numbers, I suspect ‘parades’ may morph into demonstrations and protests this September 6, 2010.
This year the semi-holiday will give his opponents yet another opening to ‘make it’ about President Obama’s policies when massive layoffs are actually a decades-long trend brought to us by American and Global Corporatism.
Now if you’ve ever read this blog or my Political Astrology blog Stars Over Washington, you know that I consider our ‘two-party’ system to be a mirage. It’s ruling class vs we-the-people in my book with little if any difference between an R and a D.
Yet their waging of class warfare has been in evidence more clearly in recent years though it’s been a bone of contention off and on for decades in the US, perhaps since Day One in our plutocracy. The more Americans out of work, the more notice it’s a case of class warfare and yes, greed.
Particularly since the late 1800s, the era of the industrialists, aka the Robber Barons, workers’ jobs have been dependent upon upper crusters whose main concern with the bottom line is paramount; their craving for power only grows. While the rest of us long to pay our bills and decently support our families, the power elite long for more control over us…which includes the ability to lay off thousands at one swipe.
In fact, recent data of corporate earnings show that much of their ‘earnings’ are wispily based on letting go their workforce in massive numbers. A neat trick to increase profits, if you’re in the corporate ruling class, eh? And who’s to stop you? SCOTUS is on the side of corporations against the individual, as has been made exceedingly clear.
Well, in May 2010, Mother Jones reported that No matter what’s going on in the broader economy, Wall Street always thinks earning will be at least 12% or higher – part of their sneaky tricks of the trade, no doubt.
Yes, Wall Street’s Fuzzy Math and multiple sets of books bedevil the US economy but you don’t need any sort of math at all if you or a loved one are out of a job with no prospects for employment. You’re zero-for-zero and x-ed off the rolls. Turning to Congress for aid barely gets you a crust of bread though funds for war are easily financed.
So what to do for Labor Day 2010?
Will you march in a celebratory parade – or a had-enough protest?