HOT BLAST: What's behind the 'labor' of Labor Day?
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It's Labor Day, that great American day of leisure and cookouts, plus it's raining this morning throughout northeast Alabama. So take a few minutes to absorb today's column by Paul Krugman of The New York Times.

Krugman opines about Labor Day and how it became a national holiday.

"It wasn’t always about the hot dogs. Originally, believe it or not, Labor Day actually had something to do with showing respect for labor."

Krugman discusses how unusual such a congressional action to honor U.S. workers would be today.

"No, what’s unimaginable now is that Congress would unanimously offer even an empty gesture of support for workers’ dignity. For the fact is that many of today’s politicians can’t even bring themselves to fake respect for ordinary working Americans."

And Krugman writes this:

"How can someone who works for a living be considered the moral equivalent of a bum on welfare? Well, part of the answer is that many people on the right engage in word games: they talk about how someone doesn’t pay income taxes, and hope that their listeners fail to notice the word “income” and forget about all the other taxes lower-income working Americans pay."

Enjoy your Labor Day.

-- Phillip Tutor
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