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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?

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Eunice

    September 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Let’s see…. Postal Service is broke, Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are broke, FEMA is broke, Social Security Disability is broke, the Treasury is broke … I’m beginning to see a trend here. How long have the Democrats controlled Congress ?

  2. Rob Schofield

    September 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Eunice has a point — like the Repubs, the Dems have failed to stop the absurd, decades-long assault on public services, structures and revenues and have consistently kowtowed to the corporate plutocrats.

  3. Tachyon Feathertail

    September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’m pretty sure you mean 1861!

  4. Vin Right

    September 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    We pay a lot of unemployed people to do nothing. Communism is not nearly as evil as sit on your butt, do nothing, and get a check. I have more respect for a beggar, unless he drives his power chair to the parking lot of the Lowes on 15-501 south in Durham, pulls up beside his new black JEEP Grand Cherokee, hoists up the power chair on the tailgate lift, walks to the drivers side, gets in, and drives off.

    As for the debt ceiling talk distracting from the employment issue, it didn’t. Neither party is willing to throw enough of their voters under the bus to solve the unemployment issue. Just like the band on the Titanic they’re willing to ignore reality. Unlike the band on the Titanic they’re not doing this for the benefit of others.