Creativity and Initiative Drive Our Economy

By Kathryn Hickok

The first Labor Day was celebrated 130 years ago in September 1882. Labor Day was created by labor unions as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

What began with organized labor is now a celebration of Americans in all sectors of the economy, whose individual initiative is what drives economic innovation and success. There is no economy without millions of people bringing to the marketplace their particular gifts of human creativity, intelligence, initiative, and effort.

Human work is more than just performing tasks or exchanging services. Persons are more than machines, and the things we create to make our lives easier and our work more efficient exist only because we invented them. We bring unique intelligence and problem-solving capabilities into our interactions with others. Human capital―the knowledge, skills, and experiences of human beings―is the true wealth of a society.

For a healthy economy, we must remember that wealth doesn’t create itself. Government doesn’t create it, either. People create wealth. New jobs, industries, and a strong economy are the fruit of our individual creativity. So on Labor Day, let’s celebrate the freedom we have in America to bring our best to the world.

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  • 3H

    A shame that Cascade Policy is anti-worker. CP’s insistence on “Right to Work” (for less) legislation speaks much louder than any flowery words. But, how appropriate to attempt to appropriate a holiday created to celebrate labor.

    “I am his Highness’ dog at Kew;Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?”
    – Alexander Pope

  • Oregon Engineer

    Do a fact check.
    here is a politifact check link. In right to work states; lower unemployment and higher job creation than heavily unionized states.
    any other economic issues are either poorly related or totally non related to right to work laws such as state budget deficits being lower in right to work states.

    • 3H

      And you, of course, assume that it is due to “Right to work (for less)” laws. As you probably know, correlation does not prove causation. In the end, it is about workers having a democratic say in their workplace, and some control over their working lives.

    • valley person

      Mississippi and both Carolinas have been in worst 10 in unemployment for several years. And a lot of the so called growth in right to work states is simply due to their being in the sun belt, where a lot of retirees move to, thus creating more economic growth of a sort.

      Right to work states are also almost uniformly poorer than union states.

      And, lets all cut the BS. “Right to work” means the right to work at a union shop without contributing to the union. It should be called “right to free ride.”

  • valley person

    So you have turned labor day, which celebrates workers, into capitalist day? How clever of you.

  • HBguy

    And on Mothers day, lets not forget to celebrate fathers.

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