"This Labor Day marks a rough year for the Obama administration and the labor union movement that had high hopes for him," says Brad Knickerbocker in The Christian Science Monitor. With 9.1 percent of the nation's labor force desperately seeking work, what can we take away from this national holiday? Here, a roundup of what editorial boards at newspapers around the country are highlighting this weekend:
Chicago Sun-Times: "The government can't end unemployment alone. But it should be building roads, repairing bridges -- our infrastructure screams for improvement and our economy will erode even more without it. Why is financial recovery only thought to trickle down, from the crumbs that supposedly fall off rich people's plates, and not up, from a collapsing bridge being replaced?"
Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "These are harsh realities not just for the unemployed but also for the rest of us, because the stagnant labor market impedes recovery in retail sales and housing. The market alone cannot correct these trends. It is up to all Ohioans, and our political leadership, to show the imagination and forward-thinking in education, taxation and spending policies needed to bring vibrancy and hope back to the employment market."
Washington Examiner: "Obama is to blame for placing at the top of his agenda job-killing bills that reward his political constituencies -- card-check, Obamacare, and carbon limitation bills, for example -- with a reckless disregard for their potential economic destruction. His stimulus package, an attempt by government to decide what sort of economy and what sort of jobs we will have in the future, has suffered the same fate as now-bankrupt Solyndra, one of its most heavily subsidized companies. Its money is spent, and the jobs it promised never materialized."
Contra Costa Times: "The United States has faced and met many economic challenges since the first national Labor Day holiday in 1894. It should give us encouragement today that American workers have long demonstrated their ability to outperform those in any other country and are more than ready to continue. All they need is the opportunity to do so."