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Harley-DavidsonEven while serving as a Southern Railway, and later, Norfolk-Southern lawyer for the Carmens International labor union during the 1990s in South Carolina, Lawyer Michael Auburn was uncomfortable with the notion that Labor Day and the Labor Movement were so singularly associated with labor unions by so many. Labor, he says, is the promise of American Liberty to all Americans, most of the fruits of which laborious happiness pursuits one is deemed entitled to keep and much of which is accomplished via the sweat of entrepreneurs’ brows. Their labor involves the kind of risk-taking usually necessary to produce good-paying jobs for others. In short, owners’ work, i.e. labor should be celebrated just as much or more than the employee variety usually associated with this national holiday. Especially given the latest U.S. Jobs Report showing the lowest labor participation rate since the days of the 1970s Misery Index.

The literal “movement” of labor has nearly reached the same stasis under Obama (less than 2% growth = anemic) as the organized private sector variety did at least two decades. Even FDR opposed the notion of public sector government unions bargaining with itself with taxpayers money. The major impediment to economic growth, bringing discouraged workers back to the labor force, allowing part-time workers to work full time and wage growth are the taxes and regulations of Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and other Obamanomics anti-business impediments. Then there is the rapid automation via robots and other machines. Continue reading

football coltsAdmission: It has become increasingly harder for this 2008 Housing-Bust-and-subsequent-Great-Recession-ravaged South Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia, to be thankful during the anemic so-called recovery brought to America by Obamanomics.

We don’t live on Wall Street, K Street or a fracking-good state. No, we continue to struggle with hunger games outside of the Capitol City with scribblings such as this dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable right to eventually understand how liberal Democratic Party policies fail all but well-connected cronies and Big Business sell-outs every time.

Yes, I’m a Jacksonian, tea partier conservative Republican. But mostly I’m just an average American trying to recover to the point that I can one day again afford Le Sueur-brand peas instead of having to settle for generic brands so I’ll have enough change left over to buy gasoline Continue reading

DuckmanThe only “work” stimulated for non-government union employees by President Obama’s 2009 “stimulus” bill was for U-Haul to move adult children’s furniture back to their parents’ homes.

Obamacare will force children lucky enough to have full-time jobs to rent Ryder trucks to transport mom and dad’s stuff to their abodes. Maybe President Barack Obama would consider issuing an executive order allowing adults to stay on their children’s employer-mandated insurance until a death panel deems them no longer insurable by Obamacare standards?

Full disclosure, when I was a young child in the early 1970s, my great-grandmother permanently resided with my maternal grandmother and my great aunt frequently resided Continue reading

If only Democrats celebrated non-government, non-union and non-Obama-crony labor on non-Labor Days.

labor force participation rate 2007-2013

Five Labor Days after the housing bubble burst in the Fall of 2008 and Democrats’ February 2009 passage of President Barack Hussein Obama’s signature American Recovery and Reinvestment (“stimulus”) Act, less Americans hold jobs this Labor Day than were employed when he was first inaugurated at Noon, January 20, 2009. Long-term unemployment remains the highest since WWII, U-6 underemployment rates remain at Great Depression era levels and the highest percentage of jobs today are part-time than at any time in U.S. history. Continue reading

Less government union Labor per Day, please

The original meanings of many American national holidays, including tomorrow’s The holiday celebrating labor was originally celebrated on a Tuesday, but with its and other holiday’s removal to Mondays, the celebration of leisure, and especially the three-day weekend variety for federal employees, now rules the day.

Most Americans will be thankful that President Barack Obama and his fellow Administration rulers will take 24 hours off from promulgating new guidelines to “properly” direct our happiness pursuits, but if idleness defines the day for employed government bureaucrats, then over 25 million underemployed Americans and their families (50 million or 16.7% of Americans impacted directly) have been “celebrating” this day for three years, thus dwarfing even the 12 days of Christmas.

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The Tsu-nami admits culpability in death and destruction near shorelines but claims airtight hemispheric alibis concerning jobs killed further inland and asserts that The Obama-nami is responsible for compensated-labor homicides across the, now, Less-Fruited Plain.

The lawsuit was precipitated by the following exchange that took place last Thursday between White House reporters and President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is thought to be an un-named co-conspirator in the Jobs Murders Case, when the Dow was down over 350 points and on its way to the ninth largest one day decline (512 points) in history:

Q:  I believe the Dow has gone down — and obviously the day is not over — but I believe the Dow has gone down now more than during the controversial TARP vote. And analysts are saying that the reason that this is happening is because of uncertainty about the American economy, that we are entering a double-dip recession, or at the very least a period of real softness and weakness for the U.S. economy. What is the administration doing to prepare for that?
CARNEY:  Well, the analysis I saw today did not — was not about the American economy, particularly in terms of what’s happening, but there are obviously — there are a lot of global issues that affect the global economy and that obviously affect the American economy.
We strongly believe, as I’ve said, that we will continue to grow and we will continue to create jobs and we need to take the measures necessary to do that. We have encountered in this calendar year a number of economic headwinds that could not have been foreseen — the tsunami — earthquake and tsunami in Japan that disrupted global supply chains, the unrest in the Middle East, which had an impact on oil prices, and the situation in Europe.
So obviously that has hurt the economy globally and has slowed growth and job creation, but we believe that growth and job creation will continue.

The accused, Barack Hussein Obama-nami had earlier pled the Fifth Amendment concerning allegations that its economic policies had economic effects but, curiously, also blamed his predecessor, George W. Bush for job deaths after he left office.

 

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