Labor Day: Our divide in the market

As much as we celebrate the American work force today, there is a big division in how citizens here and throughout the country view labor.

It begins with the minimum wage issue in New York state. While one segment believes the increase from the current $9 per hour to $12.50 in the coming years is a step in the right direction, small business owners see it as one more impediment to their efforts. As employees are compensated more per hour, some will be working fewer hours with fewer co-workers.

Minimum wage was never meant to be a living wage, but politicians – who are oblivious to everyday struggles their constituents face – worry more about elections than the bottom line of those who are courageous enough to begin a business.

One other obvious division comes from those who work – and those who choose not to. Some have obviously learned how to take advantage of a system that rewards those who fail to earn their check – and instead just collect it while not being a part of the employment picture.

Again, politics is at the heart of this injustice and no elected leader seems willing to take on this significant issue.

In two months, we will elect a new president. These issues – for workers and non-workers – are part of the great divide in this country. Freedom was not free, for those who fought for this country and those who participate in the work force to keep the American economy moving in the right direction.