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September 6th, 2009 3:58 PM

Dear Friends,

Labor Day is a National Holiday and many of us are taking Monday off to be with our family, friends or just to be with ourselves and relax before work on Tuesday morning. This Holiday marks the traditional end of Summer and a whirlwind of activity begins. For many parents of school age children, a regular routine of dropping the kids at the bus stop or at the school's front steps will become a daily occurrence. The onset of Fall shortens the length of our days as time spent in the home increases.

In America this year as in times past, its citizens are pursuing the path society has deemed appropriate to seek and obtain the dreams closest to one's heart. A better education, financial independence, good health and fortunate relationships within one's inner circle are several goals worthy of engagement. For those of us who are employed, we are grateful to have the ability to provide food and shelter for our families and ourselves. However, this nation has a sizeable number going hungry, living in cars for shelter and unable to live decent and productive lives as the financial freefall continues unabated. The nation's unemployment rate as mentioned on Friday stands at a 26 year high of 9.7%. While there was a decline in regards to the number of those without work in August compared to previous months, 216,000 jobs lost by any measure is still regarded as a disturbing figure.

One's personal interpretation of an impending Depression hits home when your sole source of support has dried up. With the calamities of foreclosures, loss of retirement or investment income, the climb in bankruptcies and the disruption of confidence in America's ability to overcome its economic situation, many are wondering when will this entire financial meltdown come to an end.

All of us approach our jobs differently. We come to our work place with an upbeat enthusiastic nature to solve all of the problems that come up in our 'in box' while others are slow and deliberate with slothful attributes which negate goals of productivity or effectiveness. It stands to reason many of us are either working longer hours and being paid less than our previous position. Notwithstanding, there are those working less hours and less pay as part time employment is the only work to be found under current economic circumstances. When employment prospects are dim and the responsibility to meet the obligations a parent has for the family is evident, any endeavor to provide sustenance is mandatory for survival. The newest workers in this category will do everything in their capacity to keep their job even though the workplace is not of their liking and the pay comparison to a previous position is considered dismal at best.

The work ethic, the ability to earn a day's wage for a day's labor is a fundamental and sacrosanct concept which has created the greatest nation on Earth. America's entire history revolves around a free enterprise system grounded in Judeo-Christian values. Perhaps, at a time where government in its untimely and ill conceived predisposition towards economic ideologies and legislation foreign to the original intent of the Founding Fathers, the prolongation of suffering and the struggles of a wandering population will undoubtedly continue.

If you are a regular reader of the TeamBlog, you are well aware of a personal transformation in my views regarding the detrimental effects government intrusion in the mortgage industry and in our daily lives has affected Americans. When government enacts measures to approve anyone seeking a mortgage to purchase a home without logical qualification requirements, the consequences of such maneuvering are painfully obvious.

When we celebrate Labor Day, Americans are reminded the importance of earning a living and the rewards an income offers for our families. While there are over 9 million Americans unemployed today, we are blessed to have a job waiting for us on Tuesday morning. Even though the realities of meager wages or challenges of a workplace environment may be evident, many Americans are willing to sacrifice these shortcomings to meet their moral and financial obligations. This is the 'Labor of Love' which requires the maturity and the responsibility to keep food on the table, have a roof over one's head and the realization this situation will in due course, come to pass. With all of the turbulence brought about by greed, incompetence and corruption of those we've entrusted to guide this nation and whence, through such manipulations our financial destinies have begun to flounder, we look to Scripture in Galatians 6:7-9 as a reminder, that we do indeed reap what we sow. 

Thanks Again      




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Posted by Jesse Dorado on September 6th, 2009 3:58 PMPost a Comment

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