As summer winds to an end, we mark this weekend by honoring the men and women of the American workforce.
American workers have always been a singularly outstanding breed of human beings. Traditionally, we have been hard workers and we embraced work as a means of improving the economic and social conditions for ourselves and our families.
America has been blessed with inventive and creative business visionaries who pioneered inventions that are crucial to our lives today – such as cars, electricity, the telephone – and computers
But behind the economic geniuses of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have been an army of men and women who were eager to roll up their sleeves and go to work to turn ideas into every-day reality. It is ordinary American men and women – and legal immigrants who sought opportunity and prosperity – who created the greatest economic success story the world has ever known. The commitment to hard work and investment in families and communities is the bedrock of America’s greatness. American labor sacrificed and fought to create what today we call the American Dream; And today we honor labor of all kinds
In few other nations in the world is hard work so genuinely respected and embraced. Some say the American Work Ethic is dying. I don’t believe that. Every day I encounter hard working men and women who are devoted to their jobs and proud of the work they do. I meet people of extraordinary skill and determination to do the job right.
Without the American workers’ commitment to do their jobs to the best of their ability, our nation would not be the global leader it is today.
Please accept my appreciation for the jobs you do and the sacrifices you make as members of America’s extraordinary workforce.
Happy Labor Day