|English: A McDonald's Big Mac hamburger, as bought in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Since it's Labor Day I'm going to limit my work here and keep things short. Seems unlikely for me since I often tend to ramble on and create more work for myself with long involved posts about big topics. And when I work to create long posts then my readers have to work more to read them. Then if they are going to leave a decent comment they have work at thinking about the topic and writing the comment. Yes--work, work, work!
Wouldn't it seem more appropriate to call Labor Day "Laborers' Day"? After all the day is in honor of the workers and not the work they do. Actually Labor Day used to be mostly a union celebration with parades and speeches that touted unionism. Now unions are less of a big deal to most of us. Kind of a necessary evil if that's what is required in our workplace. As long as the dues are taken out of our paychecks, the union doesn't care about individual workers that much and the workers would rather just have a day when they don't have to work and can go to the beach or do something fun. Or maybe work around the house. Oh, that's a load of fun isn't it. Taking a day off from work in order to work.
Perhaps unemployed and retired people like myself shouldn't be entitled to celebrate Labor Day. Then again who's celebrating? Not me. On my current meager income I can't afford to do much celebrating. I'll probably be here at home doing the same puttering about that I usually do. Yippee! That's my celebration.
Now the fast food workers want $15 an hour. Well, the unions want them to get it at least. I'm sure the fast food workers would like $15 an hour, but I seriously doubt they organized themselves to demonstrate for a pay raise. That was union shenanigans and union shills were mostly who was on the picket lines. Fast food workers were mostly too busy just trying to make a buck so they could scrape by another day.
I'd love to see them all make $15 an hour, but I don't want to pay $10 for a stupid Big Mac either. There's economics at play here, but that's a topic for another day and another long post. Or maybe even a series of posts. Oh, those posts will probably come eventually, but not today. That's too much work for a day that celebrates work.
Besides, who's really reading many blog posts today. Other than me of course. Most people are probably having cook-outs, sitting in cool darkened movie theaters, or getting a cultural education at art museums. Yeah, I'm sure those art museums are absolutely bustling.
I'm going to cut this blog post short. I know it's not really all that short, but it could have been a lot longer, believe me. If you are a regular reader here I'm sure you do believe me. But yes, I'm going to cut the post short because I'm tired and this is a lot of work. Too much work on a day in honor of work. Maybe I'll go take a nap because I'm tired. First though maybe I'll go to McDonald's to get something to eat while Big Macs and fries are still relatively cheap enough for me to afford them.
Then I'll go home and take a nap. I'll dream about making $15 an hour at McDonald's. I wonder if workers there get free food? $15 an hour, free hamburgers, and Obamacare sounds almost like a Utopian socialistic dream. Who could ask for more? Well, the union of course, but I'm not going there today.
What do you like to do on Labor Day? Are you in a union? Have you ever worked in a fast food establishment? Would you pay $10 for a Big Mac? Do you pay $5 for a coffee at Starbucks?