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Has Labor Day Outlived Its Usefulness?


Today is Labor Day? Could have fooled me. I did all the shopping I need to do today, picked up some coffee, and even went banking. Yes, my bank was open, those unpatriotic rats!

My confrere Jay Tea is complaining that this holiday interfered with his ability to get some errands done. Maybe they have more respect for the holiday in New Hampshire than they do here in Illinois. Ironic, considering that Chicago was where the seed of the holiday was planted.

Rob Port reminds us that this holiday was inaugurated by Grover Cleveland to placate the fellow travelers of murderous anarchists who killed police with a bomb during the Chicago Haymarket riot in 1886. One might even be tempted to label them 'terrorists'. The notorious May Day parades where the Soviet Union displayed the weapons of war used to keep millions in slavery traces its ancestry to this event.

So, here's to America's proud history of union thuggery! That is one way of looking at it.

P.S. Ooops! I forgot the real reason why we still have Labor Day. We aren't supposed to wear white after today! I'll just have to put away those white Hanes 50/50 tees I just bought. Shame.

P.P.S. Here's a little tidbit about Congress covering up union crimes:

As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, nearly 800 convictions in six years -- a staggering number -- have occurred as a result of audits and investigations of labor unions conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards. So how does the new Congress respond? By cutting its $47.7 million budget!
Unions. Classy.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 3 September 2007 12:49 PM