Labor Day is supposed to be a celebration of American working people. But this Labor Day, millions of men and women have little to be cheerful about - because they don't have jobs.
The unemployment rate remains above 8 percent nationally, and is expected to stay there through the rest of the year. Locally, Fulton and Montgomery counties had unemployment rates of 10.9 percent for July.
President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have contrasting views on how to fix the economy and get unemployed Americans back to work. That's one of the reasons the November presidential election is so important, and why the candidates' jobs plans are vital in their campaigns.
Among the points in Obama's plan: He proposes a tax credit for companies that bring jobs back to the United States. He's pushing a range of trade enforcement actions. He wants to rebuild roads and bridges, retrofit the electrical grid and expand access to high-speed broadband.
Among the points in Romney's plan: He wants to reduce the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent. He wants to negotiate new trade agreements. He wants to survey energy reserves and expand exploration. He's calling for a reduction in regulations that he says hamper economic growth, and he wants to reduce the annual federal budget by $20 billion.
The above points are only a sampling of the two candidates' plans. Today, on Labor Day, we encourage people to take a little time to review Obama's and Romney's proposals for creating jobs. Romney's ideas can be found at www.mittromney.com/jobs. Obama's can be reviewed at www.barackobama.com and www.whitehouse.gov.
Today, we celebrate the value of American workers and pay tribute to their contributions. While we're at it, let's become informed voters on the topic of jobs.