The rich are better off with a smaller percentage of a fast-growing economy than a larger share of an economy that's barely moving. We learned that lesson decades ago; until we remember it again, we'll be stuck in the Great Recession.
All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.
Since it was first celebrated in New York City in 1882, Labor Day has celebrated the social and economic achievements of America's workers. I salute all these hardworking men and women, and say, despite these difficult times: Don't give up hope.
If the Deficit Commission members want their recommendations for cuts to have any credibility, they should pledge to live on the same Social Security benefits that they would impose for other Americans.
The Bard realized that any workplace may be tough to navigate, given personal quirks and boss' demands. Enduring this pressure can cause anyone in an office to sigh, "O full of briers is this working day world".
Many Americans are likely to have to work until they are dead, not as a result of Social Security shortfalls but because of their inadequate 401(k) savings or the fact that they have no retirement plan at all.