Labor Day festivities have ended, and it's back to work, school or even the Democratic Party's convention in Charlotte this week.
We've Got Labor Day. Why Not Corporation Day? is subtitled 'It's high time we honored the industrialist pioneers, business barons and tycoons -- the job creators -- of our nation.'
It says the following, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, but at the same time providing an interesting contrast with what makes the Labor Day celebration possible:
"Ever since the first Labor Day parade in New York in 1882, the holiday has
been a national tribute to working men and women. The problem this Labor Day is
that too many Americans aren't working. Rampant unemployment is the issue on
It's an election year and the deafening mantra of "jobs, jobs, jobs" is
blaring as the presidential campaigns head toward November. With job creation as
the focus of this election, we should celebrate a new "Corporation Day" holiday
honoring corporations, entrepreneurs and all other employers who create jobs.
Labor unions have had their day—for 130 years. It's high time we honored
corporations with a national holiday. After all, unions aren't the engine of job
creation in this country. Companies are.
We have holidays to celebrate religious faith, ethnic heritage, patron
saints, national heroes, the armed forces, veterans, and mothers and fathers.
We've even gerrymandered the birthdays of our presidents to guarantee three-day
weekends. Why not establish Corporation Day as a new federal holiday? . . .
We've kicked our corporations around long enough. Like returning Vietnam
veterans, corporations have been tormented and harassed. They are routinely
referred to as callous, uncaring, heartless profit-mongers. They are regular
targets of protests, boycotts and media exposés.
Some are wrongfully accused of polluting, discriminating and illegal
profiteering. They are taxed, surcharged, regulated, audited and generally
hounded by all levels of government. Isn't it about time to pay our respects to
the corporations that have made our country great?
Corporation Day would be a joyous celebration of capitalism, a three-day
national holiday honoring the great industrialist pioneers, business barons and
tycoons of our nation. . . .
This holiday would commemorate the tireless efforts of corporate executives
to provide handsome returns on their shareholders' investments. Politicians
could make long-winded speeches about productivity and economic development and
job creation (which they do anyway). We'd honor the determined work ethic that
has anchored the strength of our nation.
Everyone could get into the act on Corporation Day. Those who don't feel
celebrant could use the day to criticize obscene corporate profits and
outlandish executive compensation. Others could attack the exploitation of
workers here and abroad, or raise concerns about consumer protection and the
environment. But many national holidays inevitably draw protesters—that's a
treasured American tradition!"
Well, at least it's a thought. Maybe not a good one, however, as the time to celebrate would be much better spent by doing the things that would lead to the millions of new jobs we need to create for our Labor Day celebrants.
And those jobs must come from real sustainable economic growth, which in turn must come from private sector wealth creators.
Instead of Corporation Day, why not Wealth Creation Day? Or "Limited Government Intrusion and Live Within Our Means as a Country Day?"
Better yet, let's just get off the backs of the jobs providers and do what we can to enable them to grow their businesses so more people can experience the joy and fulfillment of working productively for our daily bread.
Now that's a happy thought.