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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

LABOR DAY, 2010
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Working Americans are the foundation of our Nation's continued economic success and prosperity. From constructing the first transcontinental railroad to shaping our city skylines, they have built our country and propelled it forward. Through great innovation and perseverance, our labor force has forged America as a land of limitless possibility and a leader in the global marketplace. On Labor Day, we honor the enduring values and immeasurable contributions of working men and women today and throughout our history.

As we recognize the contributions of the American workers who have built our country, we must continue to protect their vital role and that of organized labor in our national life. Workers have not always possessed the same rights and benefits many enjoy today. Over time, they have fought for and gained fairer pay, better benefits, and safer work environments. From the factory floors during the Industrial Revolution to the shopping aisles of today's superstores, organized labor has provided millions of hard-working men and women with a voice in the workplace and an unprecedented path into our strong middle class. By advocating on behalf of our families, labor unions have helped advance the safe and equitable working conditions that every worker deserves.

Today, as we emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression, far too many American workers remain without a job. With every work hour lost and every plant closure and layoff, families and communities struggle to make ends meet and face difficult decisions about how to stay afloat. Yet, in the face of this tremendous challenge, our workers have renewed their commitment to achieving the American dream by training and educating themselves for careers crucial to our long-term competitiveness. To rebuild our economy, my Administration is focusing on job training and investing in industries that cannot be outsourced. By focusing on recovery at home, we are saving or creating millions of jobs in America and supporting the working men and women who will drive our 21st-century economy. More remains to be done, but we have taken important steps forward toward recovery.

American workers have always been ready to roll up their sleeves, clock in, and earn an honest living. That steady determination is why I have confidence in the American economy and confidence that we can overcome the challenges we face. There is no greater example of our country's resolve and resilience than that of our workers. As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor those who have advanced our Nation's strength and prosperity -- American workers.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 6, 2010, as Labor Day. I call upon all public officials and people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the tremendous contributions of working Americans and their families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:16 AM PDT.

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  •  Well Discovery Channel's Running "Dirty Jobs" (11+ / 0-)

    all day. That's about the most appropriate honoring of the day I've seen yet.

    History Channel might actually have the most pertinent programming however. A full day marathon of "Pawn Stars."

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:20:41 AM PDT

  •  Amen, now let's all get drunk and play ping pong (6+ / 0-)

    .

    I'll look at my navel after the midterms.

    by citizenx on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:21:57 AM PDT

  •  I applaud the president (15+ / 0-)

    for his planned endorsement in his speech later today for 50billion to begin the new roads and bridges initiative to create new jobs.

    Now he just needs to push hard and follow through.  That's where it gets sticky.

    Write In: Alan Grayson

    by Detroit Mark on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:22:02 AM PDT

  •  Obama is STILL is a quantum improvement (13+ / 0-)

    over what we have suffered through the previous 8 years.

    He's been Bush-clearing, for certain. I sometimes an guilty of thinking he could move ahead faster than he does, but that's ALSO like watching a fight and then telling one of the fighters AFTER the fight "Oh... you should have done thus and so in the 2nd round".

    THis proclamation is standard presidential stuff and he does that with style and grace we never, ever saw between 2001 and Jan 1 2009.

    We still have two years and SOME of the Bush logjam has been weakened or removed.

    The Occupation of Iraq is about 1/3 to 1/2 the reason our economy sucks septic water. He's putting a slow stop to that hemorrhage.

    But I am still a DFH so I look forward to more Bush-clearing.

    It's the job of presidentin' fer sure.

    Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:23:07 AM PDT

  •  The president wii be speaking today at Noon (7+ / 0-)

    President Obama will celebrate Labor Day by speaking to union members at a Laborfest in Milwaukee

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    "Your Voice Can Change The World." ~ Barack Obama

    by tazzz on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:23:57 AM PDT

  •  Or, as read and heard by teabaggers (13+ / 0-)
    I, Barack Hussein Obama, Muslim president of the North American Caliphate, do hereby declare today to be Karl Mohammed Marx Day, to be celebrated with praise to Allah, the dismantling of oil and coal companies and free abortions on demand. Death to America!

    Freedumb!

    "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

    by kovie on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:25:05 AM PDT

  •  Happy Labor Day! (8+ / 0-)

    Photobucket

    "I am not going away." Charlie Rangel

    by PhillyGal on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:26:13 AM PDT

  •  Color me skeptical. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    nippersdad

    Today, as we emerge from the worst recession since the Great Depression

    On the idea of emerging, on the idea this is merely the "worst" recession, and on the assumptions and the implications of the use of the word "we".

    And this...

    From constructing the first transcontinental railroad to shaping our city skylines, they have built our country and propelled it forward.

    "They"? "They"? As in the third person?

    To rebuild our economy, my Administration is focusing on job training and investing in industries that cannot be outsourced.

    This is just not working, Mr. President. Stop investing in industries and start investing in the nation's people, not by "training" them, but by creating meaningful jobs in numbers compatible with the scale of this crisis. Private industry hasn't, and it won't. And yes, I am speaking to you, Mr. Federal Government.

  •  NFIB, business groups plan attacks on Dems (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dirtandiron, marabout40

    on Labor Day.

    From the Dept. of WTF:

    Local groups will target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democrat running for Senate in New Hampshire, and Kentucky Senate Democratic candidate Jack Conway in their states over their records on labor-related issues.

    Local chapters of groups like the National Federation of Independent Business, state Associated Builders and Contractors and other commerce and retail groups will hold events on Monday targeting the incumbents and candidates, particularly on their stance on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card-check").

    The events are part of coordinated efforts by the business groups to put pressure on Democrats on Labor Day, a national holiday traditionally celebrated by the organized-labor community.

    Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

    by Benintn on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:27:46 AM PDT

  •  well if they print it on ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    nippersdad

    ...toast at least we can eat it.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:28:45 AM PDT

  •  Striking comments if they aren't supporting Obama (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    nippersdad, apimomfan2

    Really?.. Are we that fragile we can't handle opposition from the political left?

    I'm sorry, but I cannot support the continued policies of the criminal cheney/bush regime, even if it's Obama doing it.

    "Never trust a computer too big to throw out a window" -Steve Wozniak

    by Four of Nine on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:31:32 AM PDT

    •  Criticism is one thing. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      kalmoth, panicbean, citizenx

      Calling the President names from Freeperville is quite another.

    •  Which policies did you have in mind? (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      panicbean, citizenx, Dirtandiron

      Specifics please.

      Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

      by Benintn on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:33:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  specifics? (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        nippersdad

        Here's some specifics for you

        Created a deficit commission stacked with anti-Social Security and Medicare ideologues

        Did not close Guantanamo

        Did not stand in the way of Shock Doctrine tactics.

        Is not for Net Neutrality

        He plans to double US arms exports by 2015.

        No jobs bill

        HAMP failure

        Shirley Sherrod

        Van Jones

        Filled his administration with Goldman Sachs crooks

        British Petroleum Lube Job

        Perpetual war for perpetual dollars

        Submitted legislation to sell off the nation's public housing

        Prosecution of whistleblowers

        Continued all of the surveillance and domestic spying programs of the Bush Administration

        Shifted NASA into an entrepreneurial entity rather than a scientific one

        Cut Medicare by $500,000,000

        Continued use of signing statements

        On going contracts with Blackwater

        Obama Justice Department entered an amicus brief in support of Bush torture lawyer John Yoo.

        Health Care Insurance Bailout (50,000 Americans die every year from lack of health care. For every worldwide murder by a terrorist 58 Americans die from lack of insurance)

        Believes he has the right to kill Americans without prosecution for a crime.

        I could go on, but you get the idea.

        "Never trust a computer too big to throw out a window" -Steve Wozniak

        by Four of Nine on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:37:00 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Care to retract your claim (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Dirtandiron, gobears2000

          about people striking comments that are critical of the president now?

          I'll look at my navel after the midterms.

          by citizenx on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:46:44 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Replies to each below: (5+ / 0-)

          Created a deficit commission stacked with anti-Social Security and Medicare ideologues

          Unlike Bush-Cheney, Obama actually cares about our long term fiscal viability and has created a commission to address the long-term stability and security of our entitlement programs.  This is the exact opposite of Bush-Cheney, who wanted to privatize SS and Medicare.

          Did not close Guantanamo

          His first act as President was to close Gitmo, but he's run into procedural roadblocks, trouble with finding places to move Gitmo detainees, and a number of political problems.  I don't blame Obama for other people's lack of cooperation.

          Did not stand in the way of Shock Doctrine tactics.

          Which tactics?

          Is not for Net Neutrality

          That's bullshit.  Where has he ever said he's opposed to Net Neutrality?

          He plans to double US arms exports by 2015.

          Source?

          No jobs bill

          This is total bullshit.  I'm not gonna even bother to tell you all the hundreds of jobs bills he's put together.  It's up to Senate GOPs to stop obstructing.  As it is, we have the Jobs for America Act, manufacturing jobs bills passed and signed, small business bills being considered, etc.  This is just bullshit.

          HAMP failure

          Not sure he can be held responsible for the failure.  Banks play a role too, you know.  He did seek to change and update HAMP.  http://www.housingwatch.com/...

          Shirley Sherrod

          He can't be responsible for every decision made by every manager.  His staff responded quickly, and when they realized they responded too quickly, they fixed it.  Sherrod, for her part, resigned (under pressure) but she could have stayed and defended herself against the allegations.  She didn't move quickly enough for the media circus and she resigned because she was unwilling to be rushed or to have her credentials or values questioned.  I think Obama stepped in, stepped up, and handled the situation admirably.

          Van Jones

          Jones willingly resigned rather than to become a distraction.  As Jones himself said, "I didn't want to become the banana peel that Obama slipped on."  This was Jones's decision.

          Filled his administration with Goldman Sachs crooks

          Crooks?  What they did was totally legal.  And that's the problem.  it's up to Congress, not Obama, to change the laws.  He's the Executive not the legislative.  As for Goldman folks - who did he "fill his administration" with who worked for Goldman?  And just because you happened to work for a company, does that make you responsible for every bad thing the company does?  No.  Your witch hunt mentality is more bullshit.

          British Petroleum Lube Job

          I have no idea what the hell you're talking about here.

          Perpetual war for perpetual dollars

          More bullshit.  While I disagree with Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan, it is a total change in strategy rooted in nation building and un-doing decades of damage caused by Cold War politics strategy and the Bush-Cheney neocon agenda.  Obama is doing the opposite of what Bush-Cheney did, and to that extent, I commend him for his effort.

          Submitted legislation to sell off the nation's public housing

          Show me the legislation.  I have no idea what you're talking about.

          Prosecution of whistleblowers

          Whistleblowers aren't being prosecuted.  Leakers are.  There is a difference.

          Continued all of the surveillance and domestic spying programs of the Bush Administration

          Not true.  Many of the programs were discontinued.  As for the rest, it's up to Congress to stop it.

          Shifted NASA into an entrepreneurial entity rather than a scientific one

          It's both-and, not either-or.

          Cut Medicare by $500,000,000

          Cut wasteful Medicare spending that is duplicative, inefficient, or directed toward padding the pockets of businesses, rather than providing better value for patients or better care.

          Continued use of signing statements

          So?

          On going contracts with Blackwater

          Yep, I agree with you that Blackwater should be totally written out of our political/military world, but having said that, you can't exactly cure the cancer by amputating every body part affected by it.  We need to be careful, prudent, and wise about how we unwind the messy entrenched relationships with Blackwater.

          Obama Justice Department entered an amicus brief in support of Bush torture lawyer John Yoo.

          Where?  When?  Who?  Remember the Justice Department includes Bush appointees and that's not Obama's fault.  Remember also that it was GOP who blocked Dawn Johnsen at OLC, and it's Congress that's blocking hundreds of nominees at Justice and elsewhere.

          Health Care Insurance Bailout (50,000 Americans die every year from lack of health care. For every worldwide murder by a terrorist 58 Americans die from lack of insurance)

          I wrote about this yesterday in my diary.  Agree that lack of insurance is an issue.  But why are you blaming Obama for passing health insurance reform that covers 30 million more Americans?  And what exactly do you have against providing better healthcare value through reforms to health insurance accessibility and subsidies for families?

          Believes he has the right to kill Americans without prosecution for a crime.

          When?  Who?  Where?  What are you talking about?  Which people have been killed and where did Obama EVER say that?

          Full Disclosure: I am not Ben Leming. But I think he's pretty cool.

          by Benintn on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 07:17:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  It sounds like you're really naive (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            delver rootnose, nippersdad

            but here we go.

            Created a deficit commission stacked with anti-Social Security and Medicare ideologues

            Unlike Bush-Cheney, Obama actually cares about our long term fiscal viability and has created a commission to address the long-term stability and security of our entitlement programs.  This is the exact opposite of Bush-Cheney, who wanted to privatize SS and Medicare.

            Obama specifically stated that the Pentagon and war making budget would be exempt from any such deficit commission considerations.  Besides, "Deficits don't matter!"  according to Dick Cheney.. perhaps that doesn't apply when the Democratic Party is in power?

            Did not close Guantanamo

            His first act as President was to close Gitmo, but he's run into procedural roadblocks, trouble with finding places to move Gitmo detainees, and a number of political problems.  I don't blame Obama for other people's lack of cooperation.

            He could have done this by executive order, the same way it was created.  He simply chose not to do that.

            Did not stand in the way of Shock Doctrine tactics.

            Which tactics?

            Please read Naomi Klein's book, 'The Shock Doctrine" and get back to me.

            Is not for Net Neutrality

            That's bullshit.  Where has he ever said he's opposed to Net Neutrality?

             

            When has Obama enunciated any strong support for net neutrality?  The silence from the White House on this issue is deafening.

            He plans to double US arms exports by 2015.

            Source?

            The United States is currently the world biggest weapons supplier — holding 30 per cent of the market — but the Obama administration has begun modifying export control regulations in hopes of enlarging the U.S. market share.The administration's stated reason for the changes is to simplify the sale of weapons to U.S. allies, but potential spinoffs include generating business for the U.S. defense industry, creating jobs and contributing to Obama's drive to double U.S. exports by 2015.

            http://www.mcclatchydc.com/...

            No jobs bill

            This is total bullshit.  I'm not gonna even bother to tell you all the hundreds of jobs bills he's put together.  It's up to Senate GOPs to stop obstructing.  As it is, we have the Jobs for America Act, manufacturing jobs bills passed and signed, small business bills being considered, etc.  This is just bullshit.

            Where is an actual jobs bill designed to employ millions of unemployed Americans directly by the federal government?  Blaming GOP Senators only works up to a point.

            HAMP failure

            Not sure he can be held responsible for the failure.  Banks play a role too, you know.  He did seek to change and update HAMP.  http://www.housingwatch.com/...

            Shirley Sherrod

            He can't be responsible for every decision made by every manager.  His staff responded quickly, and when they realized they responded too quickly, they fixed it.  Sherrod, for her part, resigned (under pressure) but she could have stayed and defended herself against the allegations.  She didn't move quickly enough for the media circus and she resigned because she was unwilling to be rushed or to have her credentials or values questioned.  I think Obama stepped in, stepped up, and handled the situation admirably.

            Opinions vary, If there wasn't an atmosphere in the administration condoning that sort of knee jerk reaction, I rather doubt it would have happened.  Apparently the attitude is to do whatever it takes to placate the extreme right.

            Van Jones

            Jones willingly resigned rather than to become a distraction.  As Jones himself said, "I didn't want to become the banana peel that Obama slipped on."  This was Jones's decision.

            It was his decision following a clear lack of any full throated support from Obama.  He could have been recess appointed, but Obama has too much respect for obstructionist right wing Senators to do that at that time.

            (Ever notice it's only the true progressives that get cast aside with this admin?)

            Filled his administration with Goldman Sachs crooks

            Crooks?  What they did was totally legal.  And that's the problem.  it's up to Congress, not Obama, to change the laws.  He's the Executive not the legislative.  As for Goldman folks - who did he "fill his administration" with who worked for Goldman?  And just because you happened to work for a company, does that make you responsible for every bad thing the company does?  No.  Your witch hunt mentality is more bullshit.

            Your excuses here really don't merit a serious response.

            British Petroleum Lube Job

            I have no idea what the hell you're talking about here.

            Ken Salazar, unreformed MMS, huge oil spill in the Gulf, maybe you heard of it, it was a minor story for several weeks.

            Perpetual war for perpetual dollars

            More bullshit.  While I disagree with Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan, it is a total change in strategy rooted in nation building and un-doing decades of damage caused by Cold War politics strategy and the Bush-Cheney neocon agenda.  Obama is doing the opposite of what Bush-Cheney did, and to that extent, I commend him for his effort.

            What you call BS, I call reality.  Obama is a militarist.  The correct policy would be to leave now.

            Submitted legislation to sell off the nation's public housing

            Show me the legislation.  I have no idea what you're talking about.

            You really should get out more.

            Oakland -- In a stunning move that targets the poor, the Obama Administration is pushing hard to privatize our nations 1.2 million public housing units, in addition to proposing a radical change to the way 13 major federal subsidized housing programs including the Section 8 voucher program, are being funded by congress.

            The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Obama Administration, has submitted legislation to congress known as the "Transforming Rental Assistance" (TRA) initiative, under a policy proposal called the Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act of 2010 (PETRA).

            http://www.indybay.org/...

            Prosecution of whistleblowers

            Whistleblowers aren't being prosecuted.  Leakers are.  There is a difference.

            You're arguing semantics here?.. really?

            Continued all of the surveillance and domestic spying programs of the Bush Administration

            Not true.  Many of the programs were discontinued.  As for the rest, it's up to Congress to stop it.

            Actually, they've been rather substantially expanded, there's no shortage of reporting on this issue.

            Julian Sanchez has an excellent piece over at The American Prospect on the Obama administration’s surveillance power grab:

            At issue is the scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s power to obtain information from “electronic communications service providers” using national security letters (NLS), which compel private companies to allow government access to communication records without a court order. The administration wants to add four words — “electronic communication transactional records” — to Section 2709 of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which spells out the types of communications data that can be obtained with an NSL. Yet those four little words would make a huge difference, potentially allowing investigators to draw detailed road maps of the online activity of citizens not even suspected of any connection to terrorism.

            http://trueslant.com/...

            Obama's Power Grab

            The Obama administration wants to "clarify" FBI power to get online records without warrants -- and vastly expand it

            .

            http://www.prospect.org/...

            Shifted NASA into an entrepreneurial entity rather than a scientific one

            It's both-and, not either-or.

            Obama is pushing the GOP right wing privatization angle.. This isn't disputed by anyone.

            Cut Medicare by $500,000,000

            Cut wasteful Medicare spending that is duplicative, inefficient, or directed toward padding the pockets of businesses, rather than providing better value for patients or better care.

            blah blah blah wastefraudandabuse blah blah blah..

            He CUT a HALF BILLION DOLLARS from this program.

            Continued use of signing statements

            So?

            LOL Channeling Cheney? seriously?

            On going contracts with Blackwater

            Yep, I agree with you that Blackwater should be totally written out of our political/military world, but having said that, you can't exactly cure the cancer by amputating every body part affected by it.  We need to be careful, prudent, and wise about how we unwind the messy entrenched relationships with Blackwater.

            Yet you excuse the bad behavior anyway.

            Obama Justice Department entered an amicus brief in support of Bush torture lawyer John Yoo.

            Where?  When?  Who?  Remember the Justice Department includes Bush appointees and that's not Obama's fault.  Remember also that it was GOP who blocked Dawn Johnsen at OLC, and it's Congress that's blocking hundreds of nominees at Justice and elsewhere.

            The Holder Justice Department has filed a sweeping amicus brief in the Padilla v. Yoo case before the Ninth Circuit, seeking to make absolute the immunity granted Justice Department lawyers who counsel torture, disappearings, and other crimes against humanity. The case was brought by Jose Padilla, who claims that he was tortured as the direct result of memoranda written by Yoo, now a law professor at Berkeley. At this stage, the case does not address the factual basis of Padilla’s claims, but documents that have been declassified by the Department of Justice make it clear that the charges have a firm basis in fact. Here’s the portion of the opinion authored by a lifelong Republican, Bush-appointed judge that the Justice Department found so objectionable:

            Like any other government official, government lawyers are responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their conduct….

            The Holder Justice Department insists that they are absolutely not responsible, and that they are free to act according to a far lower standard of conduct than that which governs Americans generally. Indeed, this has emerged as a sort of ignoble mantra for the Justice Department, uniting both the Bush and Obama administrations.

            http://www.harpers.org/...

            Health Care Insurance Bailout (50,000 Americans die every year from lack of health care. For every worldwide murder by a terrorist 58 Americans die from lack of insurance)

            I wrote about this yesterday in my diary.  Agree that lack of insurance is an issue.  But why are you blaming Obama for passing health insurance reform that covers 30 million more Americans?  And what exactly do you have against providing better healthcare value through reforms to health insurance accessibility and subsidies for families?

            This disastrous piece of legislation represents what I might expect a halfway sane republican Congress to come up with if they had a gun to their head and were forced to do so.  This bill is horrible on multiple levels, and represents a huge bonanza for the 'for-profit' health care insurance industry.  No wonder their stocks were substantially improved following this legislation.

            Believes he has the right to kill Americans without prosecution for a crime.

            When?  Who?  Where?  What are you talking about?  Which people have been killed and where did Obama EVER say that?

            Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen
            http://www.salon.com/...

            "Never trust a computer too big to throw out a window" -Steve Wozniak

            by Four of Nine on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 08:24:30 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  yeah but (0+ / 0-)

          He did plant a garden in the back yard.

    •  Iimagine you got the ... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      citizenx, Dirtandiron

      ...HRs because you called Obama, Obysmal, not because you don't like him or his policies.

      We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

      by delver rootnose on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:34:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You're right we can't take it and not worth (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      panicbean

      you imparting your oh so insightful reason to.

      Sorry to disappoint you, see you around the internets!

      I'll look at my navel after the midterms.

      by citizenx on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:36:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Abolish Labor Day! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Four of Nine, apimomfan2

    Why don't we celebrate workers on May Day? That's the internationally recognized day of solidarity and resistance?

    Labor Day was created to keep Unions from identifying with foreign labor movements and getting to powerful. We should get rid of it and join the rest of the world in celebrating Labor on the First of May.

    "Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."-Malcolm X

    by Shields on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:32:09 AM PDT

  •  Workers should seize abandoned factories (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    panicbean, citizenx, Churchill, fayea

    Read about what workers did in Argentina:

    The Silent Change by Esteban Magnani

    http://ebookstore.sony.com/...

    In 2001, the consequences of almost three decades of neoliberalismo made Argentina collapse. Out of the ashes of the ensuing social convulsion arose many different attempts by people to take the future into their own hands. Among them were the workers who started to put bankrupt, abandoned factories to work again in spite of the skepticism of politicians and part of society. Their successful stories surprised those who had expected them to fail and encouraged others to follow their example. In 2003, Esteban Magnani worked for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein on a documentary on the phenomenon called The Take and wrote a book on recovered factories which is now being reprinted with an update for English speakers.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:33:35 AM PDT

  •  Same old (0+ / 0-)

    To rebuild our economy, my Administration is focusing on job training and investing in industries that cannot be outsourced.

    That's a moving target (because of changes in technology) and we are in a jobs emergency. Not good enough, why even mention it?

    If by outsourcing he means offshoring, then that horse left the barn a long time ago.

    What industrial policy (if there can be such a thing in this political environment) will bring about more exports? Net exports contribute to GDP and that has been negative.

    •  The horse is still in the barn (1+ / 0-)
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      and the horse needs some hay.  If you think that the problems created by neoliberalism have gone away then you are kidding yourself.  I see this heating up big time over the next couple of decades.  The real reason there is high unemployment in this country IS NEOLIBERALISM.

      Seize the abandoned factories just like they did in Argentina.  Then make them into worker owned businesses.  It actually works ... not in all cases but in a significant number of cases.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:40:43 AM PDT

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      •  I don't use labels (1+ / 0-)
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        What part of increasing net exports you don't understand? Jobs offshored means less capacity to export products. That's got to be fixed.

        •  I understand it completely - why so hostile? (2+ / 0-)
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          I am not disagreeing with you.  I am just making a small joke.  The "horse is still in barn" but is starving a bit.  It's not as if neoliberalism is ever going away unless we take measures to make it go away.

          "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

          by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:48:13 AM PDT

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    •  and this is good for a chuckle (3+ / 0-)
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      Yet, in the face of this tremendous challenge, our workers have renewed their commitment to achieving the American dream by training and educating themselves for careers crucial to our long-term competitiveness.

      And here I thought they were largely unemployed, underpaid, behind on their bubble mortgage, swamped with unpaid medical bills, and swaddled with a bloated student loan that they can NEVER escape.

      All he needed was some "bootstraps" in that comment, and it would have been a Ronnie-Lite moment.

      This is what chump Change looks like.

      by Wamsutta on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:44:17 AM PDT

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  •  Pres. Obama $50 billion Plan for infrastructure (6+ / 0-)

    President Obama $50 billion Plan for long-term investments in the nation's roads, railways and runways (planes, trains & automobiles)

    Obama will also call for the creation of a permanent "infrastructure bank" that would focus on funding national and regional infrastructure projects.

    "Your Voice Can Change The World." ~ Barack Obama

    by tazzz on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:36:20 AM PDT

  •  "And that is why I will be fighting..." (2+ / 0-)
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    I think there's a paragraph he left out, though:

    "And that is why I will be fighting for a second stimulus instead of more business-friendly tax breaks. And that is why I will be fighting for card-check instead of reappointing a Federal Reserve chairman who thinks unemployment rising past nine percent is peachy. And that is why I will be fighting back against people like Lindsey Graham who lie about the first stimulus: because American workers deserve someone who's fighting for them, instead of just talking to the bosses and accepting what they say as the limit of what's possible - or even what's worth fighting for. Because when you win as big a victory as we won in 2008, people expect you to use that power to fight for things you said you were going to, well, fight for."

    (Not to rain on anyone's parade, and words like those in the proclamation are nice and all, but it seems like there's been a certain something... um... missing from this administration's economic policy and strategy: the idea that there are some fights worth having, even if you don't already know you're going to win -- because it'll persuade people to support you, and it'll persuade people you have ideas worth supporting, and the ability to fight for them. If anyone thinks the Administration's three-for-three on that front, I've got a bet about the upcoming elections we should make.)

    Politico: Because Republicans need something to jerk off to.

    by Christopher on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:37:08 AM PDT

    •  Words don't matter - action does (4+ / 0-)
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      Gawd, I wish we could be blogging about the actions that the President / Congress plan to take instead of just speeches.

      I think workers should take matters into their own hands.  Educate yourself about what workers are doing to fight back against neoliberalism.  It's really exciting stuff what the workers did in Argentina for instance.  Seizing abandoned factories and creating worker owned businesses.  That's a model that will provide jobs that can't be outsourced.

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:44:22 AM PDT

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      •  That's actually another part of the problem. (4+ / 0-)
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        That's actually another part of the problem: we barely even get satisfactory words, much less actions.

        Obama can praise the labor movement all he wants on Labor Day, but when his own chief of staff is quoted saying, "Fuck the UAW" and his own economic team is trying to sugarcoat the shit sandwich that is today's economy for average Americans, the inadequacy of his words only highlights the inadequacy of his administration's actions.

        And if the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy don't expire as scheduled, he might as well lead the Senate in chanting, "Fuck the poor!" because it'll be impossible, instead of merely difficult, to get any reduction in the level of income/wealth inequality in this country.

        Politico: Because Republicans need something to jerk off to.

        by Christopher on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:54:11 AM PDT

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        •  I agree with you (0+ / 0-)

          This sorta stuff is just expected from a President.

          At least, Obama isn't actively trying to bust unions and trash workers like the Bush admin. did.

          But, there haven't been any major changes in the conditions of labor.  So, that's why I say actions are what counts.

          "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

          by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:59:16 AM PDT

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        •  Rahm said F the UWA? Wow, He's gotta go (1+ / 0-)
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          80 % of success is just showing up! I'm invoking the ten year rule, time's up in Afghanistan

          by Churchill on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 08:12:57 AM PDT

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    •  This is a paragraph Howard Dean would (3+ / 0-)
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      have added to his Presidential Labor Day speech.  
      Sorry, I'm still lamenting.

  •  Blah, blah, blah, blah (2+ / 0-)
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    Proclamations so traditional. Do they still ballroom dance at the White House?

    All hope abandon ye who enter here.

    by this much on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:44:02 AM PDT

  •  And the acronym EFCA (7+ / 0-)

    shall not be spoken.

    Being risk and confrontation adverse is not the prescription for a successful presidency.

    by Paleo on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 06:50:00 AM PDT

  •  See Fact Sheet on new infrastructure proposal (1+ / 0-)
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    Part of the Obama Labor Day program.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

    •  Looks good (0+ / 0-)

      I am 100% for all of that.  

      I am sorta disappointed that Obama hasn't announced a massive effort to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf.  I seriously doubt that the problem has been contained - how about the damage done to the wetlands for instance?

      "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

      by noofsh on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 07:29:07 AM PDT

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  •  pass EFCA for labor day (1+ / 0-)
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    80 % of success is just showing up! I'm invoking the ten year rule, time's up in Afghanistan

    by Churchill on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 08:11:15 AM PDT

  •  Shameless Diary Promotion (0+ / 0-)

    Having read the President's Labor Day statement, I was inspired to write a reply. Please read my response, A Labor Day Letter to the President which followed on the heels of my posting yesterday: Alienation, Unemployment, Jobs & the Electoral Base

  •  Pres Obama speaking now (0+ / 0-)

    at the Labor Day Rally

    it's on C-SPAN

    Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 12:17:42 PM PDT

    •  C-SPAN will telecast the speach again at 8pm EST (0+ / 0-)

      Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

      by Pam from Calif on Mon Sep 06, 2010 at 12:56:20 PM PDT

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