Labor Day

History

Today is labor day. What does that mean other than BBQ and a free day off? It became a federal holiday in 1894, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. This was done out of fear or further conflicts.

Modern Time

Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.

Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and NCAA football seasons. At Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.

Ironic

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in August, United States employers added no net new jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed the same at 9.1 percent. This is because Congress is hindering private sector job creation. This is a time when the government should be incentivizing job creation through tax breaks for new investments. Instead it is hindering jobs by increased taxation fears bringing an atmosphere of uncertainty to businesses.

 

4 thoughts on “Labor Day

  1. silverfiddle

    If president Obama had any shame at all he would hide his face from the American people today. Raiding guitar factories and shutting down airplane manufacturing, a jobs czar who outsources tens of thousands of jobs to China…

    Obama’s jobs machine is stuck in reverse.

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  2. Bigdawg Post author

    Team, the picture isn’t intended to represent the strike, it’s only there as a graphic. But I’m unsure what you’re asking for? Is it awesome or fake?

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