Labor Day 2011 – Not a Day for Celebration

Historically, Labor Day has been a day of celebration for the millions of men and women, over the age of 16, making up our labor force. In August 2011 our labor force was 153.6 million.

Unfortunately, all of the 153.6 million workers in the U.S. that are able to work are not employed, resulting in a very high unemployment rate [9.1 percent].

This year, instead of celebrating Labor Day, I think all of us [that believe in the power of prayer] should take a few minutes out of our day to say a Labor Day prayer. Not a prayer for the unemployed, but a prayer for our legislators. The unemployed in this country are doing what they can to help themselves; they’re going out standing in lines, applying for jobs, over and over again.

It is now up to our legislators to come up with the funds necessary to extend current programs, or come up with new programs that allow these workers the opportunity to find work.

There is not a major city in this country that does not need some sort of infrastructure maintenance or repair and it’s time for this Congress to get with the program and provide the funds. The needed repairs aren’t ’new’, they are repairs that have been needed for the past decade and time is running out.

Have we already forgotten about the Minneapolis bridge collapse in August of 2007 that killed 13 and injured 145?

Should there be any doubts about the seriousness of the infrastructure problem facing this country, an August 3, 2011 report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers indicates the following.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 876,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product by $897 Billion by 2020, according to a new report released today by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

http://www.asce.org/Press-Releases/2011/New-Report-Shows-Failing-to-Invest-in-Transportation-Will-Cause-Job-Losses,-Shrink-Household-Incomes/

© Patricia L Johnson

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