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The "Dignity of Labor"

February 19, 2014

I'm getting tired of the right-wing blather about the "dignity of labor." I imagine the "dignity of labor" is what the slave owner called it when he was looking over the cotton fields with a whip in one hand and a mint julep in the other. It's what the sweat shop owner called itwhen he stood at the end of the long line of teenage girls bent over sewing machines.

The "dignity of labor" is what the Republican lawmakers pull out when they're explaining why a raise of the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour (still not enough to live decently on) will shrivel the soul of the American worker. It's one of the excuses they bring up while explaining why they should have health care but you shouldn't. They have conveniently forgotten the second half of the expression "An honest day's work for an honest day's pay."

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