Happy Labor Day

“It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures”

Isn’t it ironic?  And FYI, I find that song to be one of the most annoying ever.

Here we have a holiday celebrating labor and how do we spend it?  By not working!  Not that I’m complaining or anything, I love a 3 day weekend as much as the next guy (I LIED!!!! I love it MORE than the next guy!) but I have always found this holiday entertaining for that very fact.

The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1884 to acknowledge the advances that labor unions made in improving their working conditions.  Now, in 2011, we can celebrate all the horrible things that certain labor unions have done!  Like ensure that the US public school system is insanely inefficient!  Since 1970, the cost of sending a student from kindergarten through 12 grade has tripled, even after inflation adjustment.  According to Andrew Coulson, if the public school system had simply maintained its 1970 level of efficiency over the past 41 years, it would save us about $300 million per year.  Instead, because of overly aggressive teachers unions, costs have skyrocketed and Americans who cannot afford to send their children to private schools are held captive in a such an inefficient school system.

So cheers!  Happy Labor Day!  Raise a glass to those trouble-making unions!

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