"Donald Trump is the most powerless President we have ever seen and nothing can change that because it is who he is. He is a weak President because he is a weak person."--Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word, March 24, 2017
“You may have heard Governor Bush say last week that Americans just need to work longer hours. He must not have met very many American workers.
Let him tell that to the nurse who stands on her feet all day, or the teacher who is in that classroom, or the trucker who drives all night.
Let him tell that to the fast food workers marching in the streets for better pay. They don’t need a lecture -- they need a raise!"--Hillary Clinton, July 13, 2015
"Right-wing white men love to tell minorities they should be be less violent, as they bomb countries that didn't attack us and wantonly kill thousands and thousands of people."--comment by anon004 in response to racist tirade from Joe Scarborough about the Michael Brown case on MSNBC
Most income of the rich and super rich is the result of speculation, usury, and theft of the product of labor. Every mathematical study of the American economy verifies these simple facts. The rich and super rich are superfluous to society, they're irrelevant, they do nothing that can't be done without them.--Danny S, Yahoo comment to the story "The Poor Should Stop Whining, Says Luxury CEO"
He wants someone to get to the bottom of it so they won't get to the top.—Roy Zimmerman, political satirist and singer, on theGovernor Chris Christie "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey
The Republican vision is clear: "I've got mine, the rest of you are on your own." Republicans say they don't believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney's the guy who said corporations are people.
No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don't run this country for corporations, we run it for people.--Elizabeth Warren, 2012 Democratic National Convention
Here's a nicely done satirical song about Citizens United from one of the best--if not THE best--musical satirists around today, Roy Zimmerman. Pay him a visit at his web site and "like" him on facebook (he likes you, too).
"Four years ago, the Mitt Romneys of the world nearly destroyed the global economy with their greed, shortsightedness and – most notably – wildly irresponsible use of debt in pursuit of personal profit. The sight was so disgusting that people everywhere were ready to drop an H-bomb on Lower Manhattan and bayonet the survivors. But today that same insane greed ethos, that same belief in the lunatic pursuit of instant borrowed millions – it's dusted itself off, it's had a shave and a shoeshine, and it's back out there running for president."--Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone
Go read: "Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital" by Matt Taibbi for the full story.
Thievery is what unregulated capitalism is all about.--Robert Sherrill, investigative journalist
Are you watching the GOP debates? I almost hope one of them wins, just to hear "Hail to the Chief" played on calliope.--Roy Zimmerman, satirist and folk singer
The problem with unions today is that there aren't enough of them.--Martin Johns, 2011
If it weren't for unions, there would be no middle class.-- "Paul", web commenter on ABC News blog
America is being sold to the lowest bidders, and those whose jobs remain in this country are at the mercy of their employers.--Mary Shaw, writer and activist
With Labor Day upon us, I'm sure the 5 or 6 people who happen by here each month expect a righteous rant on the subject. But I don't have one for you.
This site is all about the quotes to me--keeping the collection alive and available, adding to it. This front page is primarily a pressure valve--a place to let off some excess steam when such a release is required.
Labor Day is a day of reflection for me. Labor Day is a day to remember that people died for fair wages and safe working conditions, that people died for the 8 hour work day. It's a time to be thankful for what we have versus what we would have without unions.
If you think for one second that your existence would be any different than that of the miners killed in Ludlow or the exploited immigrants in Lawrence, Massachusetts had it not been for unions, you're very much mistaken. But don't take my word for it. Now that our government is wholly owned by corporations--now that Republicans are rolling back worker protections such as the Child Labor laws and reneging on hard-earned pensions, now that Republicans are enacting laws forbidding collective bargaining itself, and, most importantly, now that Democrats are letting them and, in some cases, actively working with Republicans in this anti-worker crusade--you only need to stick around for a decade or so more and you'll live to experience it first hand.
And if you doubt that unions are responsible for America's middle class and that only unions can save it, there is a simple graph that proves the point beyond refutation.
The red line represents union membership rates from 1967 to 2009, while the blue line represents the middle class share of the nation's wealth. If you are making a living wage today, you can thank the unions, whether or not you're a member of one. If you are unemployed and/or not making enough to get by, you can thank the Republicans. It's true. Trace any of America's systemic problems back and you'll find their origins in the administration of Ronald Reagan. Of course that was before union bashing became bi-partisan fare. Before a Democratic President helped define "shared sacrifice" as workers sacrificing and the wealthy sharing that loot.
So no righteous rant from me today. Labor Day, for me, is a time of reflection. And, besides, I see no hope for the bottom 98% of Americans in the current political system. It appears things will have to get much much worse before they ever get better. If a righteous rant from me were enough to change any of that, I'm sure I'd never be permitted to make one.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.--Verbal (Kevin Spacey), in the film "The Usual Suspects" (1985)
Here's a fine piece by Judy Perry to help you reflect on the importance of Labor Day.
And here is a video of Woody Guthrie's "Ludlow Massacre". Happy Labor Day.
If the spirit so moves you, feel free to stop awhile and refresh yourself with the collective wisdom and inspiration within these pages. If you hold the copyright to any image herein and wish it removed, just let me know. Always open to verified and verifiable Labor Quotes--especially APWU related. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org