[col. writ. 9/9/09] (c) '09 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Labor Day has historically been a day of tribute to American workers, to his productivity, to her determination, and to their contributions to building and maintaining the nation.
Out of respect to labor's power, harnessed in the early 20th century's massive growth of unions, the day was celebrated as a day off the job -- or relaxation, or frivolous play, or of just being.
That's because they are.
Once, Labor Day was a tribute to their power; today it's a cruel joke, reflecting a growing joblessness, and the loss of union influence.
When manufacturers fled the country, the best paying jobs in America disappeared -- most of them forever.
Politicians paid back their corporate contributors with NAFTA. They repaid their labor voters with betrayal -- sweet words about "working families", while sticking daggers into their vitals.
That, in a nutshell was globalization -- or really, globalized capital and captive labor.
That's because both Democrats and Republicans swore fealty to their Wall St. masters, by deregulating, cutting corners, deprecating unions, and pledging to run the government 'Like a business.'
They have -- that's why they ran it into the ground.
Jobless recovery? In such an instance, who recovers?
Without jobs, how can recovery be possible?