Too often we overlook Labor Day's original purpose -- to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers, and to remember the extraordinary sacrifices made by union members in their fight for the weekend, paid vacation, sick time and the 40-hour workweek.
The decline of the middle class was a result, in part, of public policy choices. Today's downward mobility can only be reversed by a range of new choices consciously aimed at helping working Americans regain their financial footing.
All around us, nest eggs broke open and a whole new culture emerged: we came out of it a bunch of chicken-farming, bike-riding, car-sharing, bartering, freelance DIY-types who are communally raising our under-scheduled kids.
Washington needs to reverse the past decade's pattern of runaway federal spending and mounting debt -- settling monetary, tax, and regulatory policies to predictable, reasonable levels that encourage investment. That truly would get America back to work.
The rhetoric of the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns has recently become harsher. The media have devoted significant attention to these controversies while sometimes failing to address underlying policy differences.
Whites with felony convictions are more likely to be hired than African Americans without any criminal background. You can wish away these facts, and erase these experiences, but denial and silence will not lead to change.
While families must recommit themselves to stricter economic discipline and prioritize saving over spending on "wants," families cannot do it alone. Investing in children should be a national priority.
God bless American juries. As the government, press and political classes resolutely keep their eyes shut about corporate misdeeds, juries keep the faith. Not just by convicting Wall Streeters, but by acquitting them when the evidence requires, and then speaking out.