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A BELABORED DAY

September 3, 2013

September 2, 2013

A labor day, hot, humid, and muggy in Orange County. I cannot imagine wilting in a parade or sweltering in a park as I turn to the political cartoons in the morning newspapers, a dose of humor to cool my warm brow. But there is naught to smile about here.

See the clerk in a fast food restaurant saying to an elderly customer, “Happy exploited low wage day.” The grandmotherly woman explains  to the little girl at her side, “When I was young, they called it Labor Day.” I am reminded fast food workers are protesting for $15.00 an hour. The mundane work was intended for students with pocket money and work experience as bonuses. Such is the economy, that adults with families need the jobs.

A second colored cartoon shows a housewife reading a newspaper with the headlines, “JOBS Are Returning,” and in smaller letters, “but they’re low-wage no-benefit jobs.” Her husband approaches from behind, “Good news…Each of my three jobs are letting me take labor day off.” I fear the economy makes this situation too common and not amusing.

to be contd.

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