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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 5, 2009

This country was founded on many principles.

Upon hearing of the freedoms provided by the U.S. Constitution, many left their Old World countries for the land of good and plenty, a place where prosperity was grasped by means of hard work, team work and good old work ethic.

Every hard-working American citizen had one goal which was to embrace the American dream, that being honest, steady work for an honest living to provide for the growing family. That vision included home ownership, a car or two and college education for the offspring. Furthering their education meant only one thing-the children would have it better than their old man did.

Over the years in this bustling land, white- and blue-collar workers found their individual niche. Depending on their calling, offices, factories, mills and plants were run like well-oiled machines. Workers put 40 hours worth of work in American-based operations. This meant a nice paycheck and benefits like vacation, health insurance and sometimes profit-sharing.

Little by little, the erosion began. Company owners realized the probable savings if jobs were transferred to far-flung places around the globe, where labor was cheap.

Labels proclaiming “Made in the U.S.A.” were soon replaced with the likes of “Made in Japan (China, India, Vietnam, Mexico, etc.).

Also going out the door were an infinite number of jobs once held by Americans. In some instances, it was a generational thing as the father, grandfather and some great-greats had put in their time on the job for the same trade or business.

In the past few years, jobs have evaporated, taking with them happy homes and productive citizens who now scramble to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

So when celebrating this Labor Day, appreciate the job you have if you are so fortunate. Let’s hope those souls who were displaced by greed and the turn in the economy will soon find a productive way to earn incomes.

Let’s also remember every American worker who toiled back in the day, giving their blood, sweat and tears for the right to say, “This is American made.”