Jerry Lewis and 9.1% of America Is Out Of Work, Happy Labor Day?
According to Wikipedia, Labor Day began being celebrated in 1882 and became a federal holiday in 1884. Started by the Central Labor Union of New York it became a national holiday quickly after it was learned that during a strike of Pullman (railroad workers, for those who don’t know that term) U.S. Military and Marshalls were called in and killed several people to break the strike and then president, Grover Cleveland did what any politician does, he got a national holiday passed quickly through congress to make the country feel the government was actually doing something. So see, grand governmental gestures with little behind them were something that started a long time ago. While the government convinced us all it was a way of celebrating workers all they really gave us was the fashion standard to not wear white after Labor Day and eventually Jerry Lewis and his cavalcade of Hollywood pals gave us a telethon to watch on television interrupted by afflicted children that caused us to donate money while stopped at a stop light giving hunky fireman money in their boots and the 7/11 clerks extra money for our Slurpee to help Jerry’s kids. Now that’s all gone. Jerry Lewis and 9.1% of America is out of work, Happy Labor Day? – Don’t Get Me Started!
I’ll admit that I haven’t watched the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy in some time but as a kid I remember our parents letting us sit up and watch as much as we could. We loved seeing Sammy Davis, Jr. come on and belt out a tune and then when they would “cut away” to our local telethon and you’d see the local newscasters talking to local people and celebrities it was exciting because you felt as though it was truly an effort across America that everyone was involved in and/or watching. Let’s face it MDA, Jerry Lewis is the face of your disease (and who doesn’t want to be the face of a disease) so when you got rid of Jerry you committed the biggest corporate image crime since New Coke and I don’t think you’ll recover any time soon. Not only did they fire Jerry Lewis, they’ve streamlined the telethon to six hours and given us a bunch of hosts we don’t care about including (can anyone explain how this guy is on television on anything other than what he’s producing) Nigel Lythgoe, uncomfortable to watch Brit from So You Think You Can Dance! All I can say is, “Good luck with that one, I won’t be watching!”
Meanwhile at the start of this Labor Day weekend it has been reported that employers added no new jobs in August (I’m one of the people no one has added). While politicians from both sides use the now overused buzz words of “job creation” no one really defines how to do this other than to talk about tax breaks for companies which doesn’t directly add or create jobs. Perhaps when the money hungry politicians were selling America to China years ago (you know who you are), allowing them to export their lead covered crap for cheap to America instead of keeping American industry in America is where this whole thing started to go wrong. If you don’t know, we don’t actually make anything in America anymore because it’s cheaper to import it from other countries. That’s right, other countries with no labor laws who are giving workers (who are often times children working in deplorable conditions) cents on the dollar to make your foam finger to hold up at your favorite football team’s game, “Go America!” So how can we create jobs if we don’t make anything here anymore? Maybe it’s time to have Lady Liberty start guarding us against cheap crap coming into the harbor than spending billions on trying to keep supposed illegal immigrants from taking jobs that no American will take because the only product we make in America is overblown egos of our citizens who are convinced it’s more important to be the next American Idol than someone who invents something because it’ll probably just end up being manufactured in China anyway once they invent it.
I get it, times have changed but I have to ask on this Labor Day why we can’t start changing some things back? I remember growing up seeing “Made In The USA” labels on a lot of what I bought and wore. I can’t remember the last time I saw one of these. I remember the union workers singing on my television, “Look for the union label, when you are buying a coat, dress or blouse.” I can only imagine the union workers from those commercials are now on unemployment or watching their social security they paid in for years threatened to be slashed at every turn by politicians lining their own pockets and only giving the appearance to care for the citizens they’re supposed to represent. I don’t want my MTV, I just want a job, some products made in America sold in America and Jerry Lewis with his oiled up hair warbling songs and saying inappropriate things at 2am as Susan Anton does a number with her boys. Is that so much to ask?
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