As we celebrate Labor Day, we should celebrate the value of hard work. Our founders did not give us liberty from work but liberty to work in whatever we choose to do. Hard work is good. It builds character, helps develop skills, provides mental and physical exercise, and improves the quality of life for all. The people that settled this country, the immigrants that came here to start a new life, those who fought in wars defending this country, the businesspeople, inventors, and innovators that run businesses, the farmers, laborers, and factory workers all worked hard to give us the life we have now. Labor Day is a day to honor them.
Our government should strive to promote hard work by discouraging laziness and rewarding hard work. Over the last several decades, we have unfortunately moved away from that ideal. We provide way too much to those who choose not to work and punish those that work hard. The intentions are often noble - help out those on hard times but are we really helping them when we provide little incentive for them to get back on their feet and be self-reliant? And by punishing those that do work hard and earn a lot, we take money that would otherwise be used to create jobs and new businesses and use it to fund more government and more laziness. A society that doesn't work will not survive. Now, let's get back to work!