Happy Labor Day

September 3, 2018

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. 



The deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of 1911, where 146 garment workers died because the bosses had locked the doors to prevent unauthorized breaks, long ago proved the need for strong worker representation.  However, I believe Americans deserve union leaders who put the needs and the beliefs of the workers first, not their own cushy lifestyles or political sweetheart deals. 

Not that there aren’t some Republicans who could use a refresher course on the importance of insuring that everyone who works hard has a shot at the American Dream.  When I ran for President in 2008, I got smeared by the Wall Street crowd just for pointing out that just because they had a corner office and a $20 million golden parachute, that didn’t mean the economy was going gangbusters for everyone else.  It didn’t give me any gratification that they learned I was right in 2008, when their house of cards collapsed.     

Thankfully, we finally have real hope and change to celebrate, and Labor Day 2018 is looking a lot brighter for American workers.  The last quarter of GDP growth was well over twice what it was in late 2016.  Jobs are being created (and coming back from overseas), unemployment is at record or near-record lows in just about every demographic group, and wages are finally starting to rise after years of stagnation.  A new Zogby survey found that 83% of business executives say their business is doing better than it was two years ago, and nearly as many expect it to be even better next year.  If they keep sharing their good fortunes with their workers, that will help them survive times good or bad.  And if they don’t, it’s finally easier to find a better job.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/boom-times-83-execs-say-business-is-better-76-see-more-growth


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Now, with establishment Democrats threatened with takeover by outright socialists, and establishment Republicans bewailing that Donald Trump got elected by promising to put the interests of American workers first, I wonder if either of them will ever realize that they brought their problems on themselves by failing to listen to the people they were elected to represent: the hard-working citizens of the United States of America. 

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  • Jay Allen

    09/04/2018 08:31 AM

    As usual, you are spot on with your comments / articles on what's going on with "real" America …. We the People.
    Too many politicians in both parties have forgotten or never bothered to realize that their job is to work for us. I admire you stating your faith, trust in God and are not apologetic about it. I supported you in your runs for President and would do so again. I also admire your endorsing and support of now President Trump, unlike other GOP candidates and members of our Congress and Senate. Thank you Mike Huckabee for your continuing to speak for all Americans, regardless of party. BTW …. I am not a Republican, I am now a registered Independent bc frankly I was sick of Dems. and GOP and their actions … or lack there of doing anything but whine and fight.

  • Michael Novak

    09/04/2018 07:54 AM

    Governor, thank you for these words. You speak the truth. Unemployment is down farther than in decades, and businesses are thriving again. My only beef with the Trump administration is this: I and my wife are employed by the federal government. The union issue has merits, bad people need to be booted out and quickly. But allow the local union President and VP's to do the local union work during business hours. And please do not threaten to withhold our yearly COL raise, as meager as it may be.

  • mary frances young

    09/03/2018 08:37 PM

    I enjoy reading what you have to say. I think you would have made a fine President.
    I think Trump is on the right track, just don"t know if the Liberals will let him.

    Love your daughter. I think she is a fine Lady. She Is an outstanding woman. Enough about her.

    As you can tell I am from the South, Mississippi

  • Kathy Mansfield

    09/03/2018 08:06 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, you are a healing shot of common sense that eases the pain of today's plague of backwards thinking insanity. I look forward to your daily posts. I always feel confident that I will receive correct information from a reliable source because it comes from a man with knowledge and integrity. Your witty expression is a bonus. Thank you & God bless.

  • James Fredrickson

    09/03/2018 06:00 PM

    Funerals can be a time for healing. While a few sharp digs were probably meant to cast aspersions on President Trump, the obvious result was a sound bite useful only for the left wing media. In place of honoring an American hero’s life with him as the center of attention, it became something else. Few seem to recall that one of the things John McCain did that may have been less than honorable, was to turn the discredited dossier over to the FBI. An opportunity to heal between two people who held strong opinions was lost.

  • Charles Benson

    09/03/2018 04:45 PM

    I love your perspective. I have read your Newsletters top to bottom since before your run in '16. And, your show on TBN is awesome. Thank you for what you do!

    BTW, thanks for raising such a strong, intelligent, and respectful (especially the lefties she has to put up with) daughter. I love Sarah!

  • Nita Hogg

    09/03/2018 04:26 PM

    Hi Mike: Always look forward to your comments. Love you daughter, Sarah, too...She is smart like her Dad....would like to ask your prayers; I am 86 now, my cancer is in remission, not healed, just resting...also three recent falls left me with fractures of back , ribs and hip. No longer able to live alone. Live with son, David, whom you met at James Robison Youth Camp years ago....He is now an attorney. My daughter, Sally, who also you met, teaches English at Wallace Community College. Ken has been dead since 1984..horrible death with bladder cancer. But thankfully, he accepted Jesus before he went Home to be with Him....God Bless you and yours....

  • Phyllis W Jost

    09/03/2018 02:36 PM

    When I was growing up in the 60s, and in a town of 1100, parents recognized the day as LABOR day, School started the next day, so it was the last chance foe child labor: the house was cleaned from attic to basement; all laundry washed and hung out to dry; the grass was mowed, the crops harvested, and the weeds pulled and any job that had serious effort was tended to. Labor day was not a day off. It truly was family working together.

  • Gregory R. Amsden

    09/03/2018 01:54 PM

    I have enjoyed you comments for a long time and I really appreciate your support of the President. I did vote for him and will again mostly because I cannot stand the Democrats beliefs (Abortions, same sex marriage and relationships, open borders, etc; etc.) I don't know how any active Christian could. I am active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and share a lot of your same beliefs, Our Prophet, Russell M. Nelson, has encouraged us to identity yourself as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as opposed to Mormons or LDS. He is 93 years old and had to stop skiing with his children (10) and grandchildren (?) great grand children (116). He was requested to stop skiing because the Church Security force couldn't protect him properly.

    I received an email the other day from one of my Baptist's friends about the Savior and the fact that the Savior stated that His sheep are on His right side and the goats are on the left. The email also noted that the last four letters in American are "I can". Also the same with the Republican "I can" and the last four letters in Democrats are "Rats". So fitting.

    Keep up the good effort and I really like your daughter handling of the left as well.

    Elder Amsden (Palmyra, NY)

  • BarbaraClayton

    09/03/2018 12:51 PM

    I feel the same about 3rd generation Kennedys!
    Keep up the good work. You were my choice for Prez but we support the Donald.
    And we appreciate your daughter too.

  • Joanne Hamilton

    09/03/2018 12:50 PM

    I AM SO DISGUESTED WITH D.C SWAMP. THE DEMS WANT TO IMPEACH OUR PRESIDENT, WHEN OVER 60 PERCENT VOTED FOR HIM.
    HILLARY CLINTON, WITH HER MANY DOCUMENTED CRIMES, NOTHING HAPPENED TO HER. WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE FED UP.

  • Jeannette Mospaw

    09/03/2018 12:39 PM

    Governor Huckabee,

    Thank you for your always profound articles and summations of the current rhetoric that we are forced to hear!
    I am tired.
    I am tired of endless discussions and debates with the out-of-their-mind Liberal blatherers that I keep running across on Facebook.
    I am tired of the blatant bias and hiposcracy that is our current media.
    I am tired of the Hollywood elite, daring to tell me how to think from their gated mansions.
    I am tired for all the selfless individuals who are working so hard for this country and our President, only to be desecrated for it.
    I am tired for our President.
    I am tired....imagine how tired Donald Trump is.

    Jeannette Mospaw

  • Lynda Wilson

    09/03/2018 12:03 PM

    Hello Governor, I enjoy your news letter very much. Thank you for sending them!....I come from a family of dirt under the nails laborers. I was taught to take pride in whatever I did to earn a living. Im a nurses aide an I care for seniors to enable them to stay in there homes. It's a hard but rewarding job. The pay is little and in 13 years I've never recieved benefits from from the agencies I've worked for...no healthcare, retirement plan, vacation ect. Im currently self employed at 57. I take great pride in what I do even though its a very humbling way to earn a living. I'm grateful for your appreciation of the working man. Thank you for helping to MAGA. God Bless.

  • Sallie Dixon

    09/03/2018 11:52 AM

    I am hoping Megan McCain will run for her Dads seat and get off the View platform as that is going to be a loud forum for her more than ever.

  • Bryan Slabodnik

    09/03/2018 11:51 AM

    Very good Labor Day article. Loved it. It was uplifting while focusing on the reality of the working class and the reality of what must be done, in fact, make our country Great Again. President Trump is doing it with the American workers. Men like you speaking the Truth is doing alot to make our whole planet a better place to live on for everyone. In a nut shell I just wanted to Thank You for making a positive change everyday if your life Mike!!! Happy Labor Day!

  • Linda Olds

    09/03/2018 11:12 AM

    While unions originally served a great function, and helped workers get a fair deal, SOME of them are now just taking advantage of workers. They take workers' money and build fancy offices and get rich without really helping those who are paying them. They sometimes force workers to go on strike just to show that they're 'doing something' for them. My father was a mechanic in a union, had a work related disability, and they did nothing for him. He eventually got a non-union desk job, and they had much better benefits. American businesses in the right climate (like now) will often do the right thing without a union to push them.
    It's largely unions that are driving Chicago to financial ruin. I think they also can create unnecessary tension between businesses and workers, and cause workers to think more about what is owed to them than doing a good job.
    Again, this is not all unions, but many people are better off without them.

  • Carol Johnson

    09/03/2018 11:10 AM

    When John McCain walked across the Senate floor angrily displaying thumbs down to repeal Obamacare he devastated millions of Americans. He actions were fueled by hatered for President Trump with no thought are concern for the American people he hurt. In January our insurance premium increased to the point we had to drop my husband from my TRS plan. Finding out he delivered the fake dossia to the FBI only added to my regret for supporting his run for president. He was a war hero and I admire his courage and bravery during his captivity. His life as a politicion wasn’t always honorable. He became a career politician forgetting the people that elected him. God be with his family and may he rest in peace.

  • Carol Kirchner

    09/03/2018 10:59 AM

    Thank you so much for keeping us informed. I appreciate your sense of humor and how much you do for those of us with a need to know! God Bless you and your family!

  • Terry and Debbie Regan

    09/03/2018 10:56 AM

    We love your show, we know the truth is always spoken, and it’s a great variety show for Christian families. Thank you.

  • Linwood H Snell Jr (Colonel, USAF, Retired)

    09/03/2018 10:54 AM

    Indeed there is a case to be made that many people are Republicans because they used to be poor. My experience has been that people who actually have to work for a living and have a decent work ethic are those who realize the principles of personal responsibility and freedom from government intervention in the market place. If we could return to what the founders outlined for us and discard the many times absurd governmental regulations that Socialists wish to impose upon us, we would see a vast improvement in the lives of those who are not rich but are willing to work for what they get.

  • Marilyn Olson

    09/03/2018 10:54 AM

    I really feel for president Trump in the fact that he did not get invited to John McCain's funeral. I loved John McCain, but am so disappointed that his relatives left our dear president out of the guest list. Heartbreaking! The media tried to make it appear that President Trump chose not to come. I'm sure it was a tough day for him.

  • Melody Perkins

    09/03/2018 10:46 AM

    Excellent Labor Day commentary! Your show was wonderful yesterday on TBN. Really enjoyed your Gary Lewis interview and his music!
    Your daily commentaries are right on target. Thank you for keeping us up to date with what is going on in our world politically.

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    09/03/2018 10:34 AM

    McCain and Trump were two bandy roosters in the same henhouse - bound to be fighting ;-}

  • Claudia Nelson

    09/03/2018 10:05 AM

    Your numbers on how many people applied for one job are way low. Here in Central Florida, I applied for one job that had over 450 applicants. I was one of the final three, and believe it or not, was told that I was passed over despite outstanding credentials because I am too old. I am 64. I told the manager that he was lucky I didn’t have a recording going.