Another Federal Holiday
by James Glaser
February 18, 2008
If you own your own business or you work for a business, you will probably be working today, but if you "work for the people" as a federal employee, or even a State or County or City employee, then you have a three day weekend, and a paid holiday on Monday. (President's Day) It is kind of sad the American workers for the most part have to work on national holidays, but most government workers do not. Of course we now know that federal holidays have been changed around from their original intent, to just a way to give government employees another three day weekend.
Actually, the reason for holidays today is even sadder than giving government employees a three day weekend. The real reason we have holidays today is not to celebrate things like the birth of Jesus Christ, or to remember the veterans who gave their lives for our country. No, the real reason is to give us big shopping days. As Wikipedia explains:
Holidays are nice, if you are given the time and the pay to celebrate them, but more and more Americans work on holidays. In fact more and more Americans work longer and longer hours. Here is what the Pittsburg Tribune found out:
Quality of life isn't just about the number of hours you work, but also what you get paid for those hours. It is widely reported that hourly workers had more buying power with their pay check back in 1973, compared with what a worker takes home today. Now that is pay for the working stiff. Better known as the hourly employee. Those at the top are doing much, much better.
Many at the top have to work holidays too, but if your pay is going up by leaps and bounds every year, I can only imagine that time off is a bit more fruitfull, too. I would like to see a report of how many senior management people are working a second job just to make ends meet.
Like I said, holidays are nice, they give you that day to catch up on so many things you doin't have time for. A day with the kids, a day to repair the roof, or maybe just a day to sit around and do nothing. Most workers don't get that holiday off any more, nor do that get that free day with pay. That is becoming a thing of the past.
As workers put in longer and longer hours just to get by, and as they watch those at the top get more and more money, America becomes two countries. The "Haves" and the "Have Nots." Like every country that ended up with a revolution, there are way more "Have Nots" than there are "Haves." I don't know when America will have its second revolution, but I do know that many workers are spending a big chunk of their money on the gas needed to get to work.
So, for a person working for minimum wage, that means they are spending about 10% on gas. Now these numbers for both workers are just for their commute. There is also maintenance and repair, and the car payment itself. And people at the top wonder why workers keep crying for more pay?
Holidays give some people the day to sit and think. Maybe it is a good thing that most workers don't get that day off, because if they have the time to think about how things are going, we might not have holidays for anyone anymore.
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