September 3, 2018


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Today's Commentary --- Happy Labor Day -- Further Thoughts on Labor Day -- Horrifying story out of Brazil -- Labor day remembrance -- Hollywood censors -- Of funerals and forgiveness: recall that McCain gave Trump "dossier" to the FBI -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse


Happy Labor Day, everyone! I hope that you’re enjoying a long weekend in whatever way you choose. There’s an old joke that Labor Day is when we celebrate workers by taking the day off. But it’s much more than that. The idea of a holiday to honor workers has been around since the late 1800s. It even predates the rise of the union movement, although the two are inextricably bound together.

I’m happy to report that this Labor Day is looking a lot better for job seekers than in previous years. It was only a couple of years ago that 17 people were fighting for one job. That was to be the Republican Presidential nominee, and I was one of them. For jobs that get more respect from the media, like fry cook, there were a hundred applicants.

Republicans are often maligned as being anti-union and not caring about workers. Speaking as one of many Republicans who knows what it’s like to grow up poor and do jobs that leave your clothes in desperate need of a wash at the end of the day, I resent that characterization. I don’t whether to laugh or get angry when I hear a third-generation Kennedy family member lecture me on what it’s like to be poor.



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Further thoughts on Labor Day

By Mike Huckabee

One thing that I think a lot of politicians don’t seem to understand is that a job is more than just a way to put bread on the table.  From man’s beginnings as recorded in the book of Genesis, we were hard-wired for labor.  God told us to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow.  It’s natural for us to want to prove our value by producing. 

From the time we are children, we imitate our parents in their work.  It’s part of our DNA to want to be grown up, and one sure way to feel grown up is to work.  That’s why the loss of a job is far, far more than an economic setback.  It’s dehumanizing to want to be productive and not be able to.  There is pride and dignity in being able to eat a meal that your work provided. 

Just a few short years ago, a record number of Americans were either unemployed or underemployed—meaning that the job they had was part time or it paid less than required to meet basic necessities.  The CDC studied suicide rates since 1928 and found that they mirrored the economy.  Suicides took a big uptick during the Great Depression.  They plunged during World War II, and spiked again in the recessions of the mid-70’s and early 80’s. Suicides dropped to their lowest levels ever in the year 2000, when the tech boom dropped unemployment to just 4 percent. But after the dot-com balloon burst, America's suicide rate steadily climbed. It’s a stark reminder that employment is more than an economic issue. 

Both parties claim to be about jobs.  Truth is, jobs aren’t created so much when the government does something as they are when the government stops doing things that put an anchor instead of a life vest around the necks of entrepreneurs.  We hear talk about values…but do we value work and the people who do it?  Companies should pay employees as generously as they can, because good workers have worth. 

When taxes are high, it’s a sign that the government disrespects the worker by believing that what it will do with their salary is better than what the person who earned it will do.  When we see employees as having worth, we will see their work as valuable.  That’s the value of work.  I believe YOU are valuable and therefore what you DO has value. 

You can tell a lot about how politicians really feel about workers from looking not at what they say in their speeches lauding American workers, but by what they actually do.

President Trump has prioritized helping American workers, by cutting regulations, taxes and mandates that hamstring expansion and job creation; lowering barriers to companies bringing capital and jobs back to the US from abroad; renegotiating bad trade deals; and enforcing immigration laws to stop unfair competition by illegal immigrants, something that even the famed union organizer Cesar Chavez believed undercut pay for American workers.  By contrast, President Obama and the Democrats talk a lot about their concern for workers, but when they were in power, they ramped up job-killing regulations, taxes and boondoggles like Obamacare; failed to secure borders or enforce immigration laws; and concentrated their attention on crony capital money pits like Solyndra and side show issues such as free birth control, same sex marriage, and late term abortion. 

As voters are deciding whether to stay the course in November or put the Democrats back in power in Congress, they should remember the wise words of Joe Biden.  That’s right, I said, “Joe Biden.”  Joe might not be able to count very well, but he was right about one thing when he said leaders ought to be focused on "a simple, three-letter word: Jobs.” 


Horrifying story out of Brazil

By Mike Huckabee

Horrifying story out of Brazil, where the 200-year-old National Museum in Rio caught fire last night, destroying many of its 20 million irreplaceable artifacts.  Looking at the destruction that wiped out so much of the record of the nation’s history and culture in one night, I couldn’t help wondering how many leftists in America wish they could wipe out all records of our history and culture that quickly and efficiently.


Labor Day remembrance

By Mike Huckabee

It’s estimated that over 16.5 million Americans will be flying over the Labor Day weekend, and there will probably be at least that many on the freeway in front of me.  So to help you pass some time if you’re stuck in the airport or parked on the freeway (But only if you’re parked! Safety first!), here’s a great Labor Day remembrance by Fox News’ Anna Kooiman of some of the great patriotic Americans she’s met whose labor makes this nation work.



Hollywood censors

By Mike Huckabee

These days, Hollywood will depict nearly any depravity on screen. But there's one image even they find too offensive to show. Warning: this link may not be safe for certain workplaces, especially in California.


Of funerals and forgiveness: recall that McCain gave Trump "dossier" to the FBI

By Mike Huckabee

It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.



Evening Edition - August 31

By Mike Huckabee

A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!


Daily Verse

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

- Acts 16:31

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  • Helen H. Johnson

    09/03/2018 03:00 PM

    The McCain funeral was a drag. It is so unfortunate that so many folks showed up to show their distaste of our President. The funeral should not have been the place, nor the time, for all that nonsense. If you didn't like the man, why didn't you stay at home? It would surely have been more mannerly, than to go to a funeral and "shoot off your mouth" with inappropriate remarks and make a fool of yourself, which you did because it did not benefit Senator McCain a single ounce of anything.