Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
These lyrics are part of a song written when we had the old liberals. The difference between the old and modern liberals is old liberals did manual work under inhuman conditions for meager pay. They knew about the class struggle first hand. The modern liberal is now ashamed of being called a liberal. They are now members of the shrinking middle class with a couple of cars, TV’s, credit cards and other luxuries taken for granted. Many are well educated and frequent places like Starbucks for expensive cups of fancy coffee drinks. They have forgotten how their life style was obtained and how easy it can dissipate.
15 Ton was not only a description of the plight of coal miners in Appalachia, but also a description of factory life for American labor from the end of the American Revolution until the late 1940s and reappearing today.
The Industrial Revolution emphasized the degradation of other humans to obtain wealth. The owners used child labor, inhumane working conditions for women in the garment industries and the same for men not owning land. Much of this is kept from us to keep us intimidated and submissive. (Nationalism)
I would like to redefine my use of the word Disney Land History by including actions in American history omitted in most school classes, such as the unadorned truth about the plight of the disenfranchised groups in society.
Two powerless groups, women and children were exploited by industry without regulations. As early as 1830 many states had enacted laws restricting or prohibiting the employment of children in industrial settings, but the laws were usually ignored. Entire families were hired, the men for heavy work and women and children for lighter work; similar to our farm workers today. In 1938, congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act, better known as The Federal Wage and Hour law. This act was declared constitutional in 1941, but still ignored by many employers.
Captains of industry saw labor as a commodity, to be bought and sold according to market’s demand. We again have a larger supply than demand for labor, so they are powerless and at the employer’s mercy. The present unemployed have a long wait to experience the style of life they once had. The supply of cheap labor overseas makes the job creators oblivious to American needs.
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise’s quotes
“The lesson of the hour is that while property is good, life is better, that while possessions are valuable, life is priceless. The meaning of the hour is that the life of the lowliest worker in the nation is sacred and inviolable.”
On a more cheerful note, the lack of regulations, low taxes and small government was beneficial and still is to the Morgan, Rockefeller, Mellon and Vanderbilt families. Their dependents are still active in our economy today and will be delighted if we reinforce the policies being espoused by many of our tea drinking politicians today.
Carl Sandburg Poem:
Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze and
Red crag and was amazed;
On the beach where the long push under the endless tide
Maneuvers, I stood silent;
Under the stars on the prairie watching the Dipper slant
Over the horizon’s grass, I was full of thoughts.
Great men. Pageants of war and labor, soldiers and workers,
Mothers lifting their children—these all I
Touched, and felt the solemn thrill of then.
And then one day I got a true look at the poor, millions
Of the poor, patient and toiling; more patient than
Craig’s, tides, stars, and stars; innumerable, patient as the
Darkness of night—and all broken, humble, ruins of nations.