Welcome to the Politicus Pulse. Here are the links of the day. Consider this a cup of coffee for your mind.
Labor Day (Fast Company)
With all the hot dogs and beer, it’s easy to forget the labor part of Labor Day. President Grover Cleveland instituted this work-free Monday in 1894, choosing the date to both recognize the Central Labor Union’s labor day and avoid associating the holiday with May 1, the labor day celebrated by the International Workers of the World and marked by the 1886 Haymarket riots. Here, a look at the labor force, past and present, starting with 1971, when the microprocessor was introduced and we began our crawl away from manufacturing and toward the service-driven economy of today.
The Last Labor Day? (WaPo)
Workers have disappeared from our consciousness.
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult (Truthout)
Former Republican staffer Mike Lofgren on the present day GOP, Democrats and our current political/media complex.
The Fatal Distraction (NYT)
By obsessing over deficits, Washington has been making the real problem — mass unemployment — much worse.
Special Report: Breakaway Wealth (WaPo)
An ongoing series about how the rich are pulling away from the rest of America.
Battle Hymns – The Nightwatchman