Summer’s gone, again. And although the calendar says the season doesn’t end for more than two weeks, holding on now is like trying to hold water in my hands. The air already feels different, the light too. Leaves on the maples on the slope between the lawn and the Groverkill are not turning colors, exactly, rather it’s like the green is draining out.
But today is more than the day we designate as the end of summer. It’s Labor Day. Last week, speaking in Warren, OH, Vice President Joe Biden (whom I miss already), said, “The Economic Policy Institute just put out a 57-page report that wonks like me end up reading… Here’s the conclusion of the paper: If organized labor was as strong today as it was in 1979, the whole country would be doing better” and non-union workers would be earning about five percent more. With the decline in unions, these workers lose $133 billion annually.
Nudged (shoved?) by Bernie and his supporters, Hillary Clinton evolved to favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour (indexed to inflation), which is included in the Democratic platform.
With the (big) exception of the press screenings and the run of the New York Film Festival (September 30–October 16), I have no particular attachment to the fall and hope the 63 days between now and November 8 have summer speed. Vote Clinton/Kaine and down ballot Democrats to take back the Senate and the House (vote Zephyr Teachout, NY19), and state legislatures held by Republicans.