Here are a few final takes on Labor Day that you might have missed, Paul Krugman on how all the talk about deficits and the national debt has distracted political leaders from addressing the jobs crisis, Robert Reich on strengthening the middle class, and E.J. Dionne on the potential loss of Labor Day.
And finally, via Steve Benen with The Washington Monthly, a quote from a president about capital and labor.
Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Those are the words of Abraham Lincoln in an address to Congress in 1961. Wonder if we’ll hear that at the next Tea Party rally or Republican presidential debate?