Labor Laws and the American Midwest

The Fair Labor Standards Act was created in the 1930s. It did several things. It set a minimum wage. It set guidelines for safety and such. The thing it also did was to set the minimum age for employment.

We often see photos of The Great Depression with men standing in bread lines. Why is this significant? You see, the real issue of The Great Depression and why many of the labor laws in this country were enacted in the 1930s and 1940s was how to get men, in particular, back into the workplace.

Many of the labor-related conflicts of the 1910s and 1920s were on the issue of immigration and women and yes, children in the workplace. All 3 of these groups work for less money….particularly children who can do things more easily with their nimble fingers and smaller bodies to get into difficult areas more easily.

The Fair Labor Standards Act was one of the first moves by the U.S. government to block the hiring of children into the workplace so that those jobs could be returned to their fathers.

Then, in the 1950s and the 1960s, we experienced what was called a Golden Age or boon probably due to all the expansion and the highway projects and such. But by the 1960s, the labor unions that had been established through these earlier Grapes of Wraith type labor laws, now were butting heads with employers and causing problems.

So what happened, jobs went overseas.

The 1970s marked the first movements of the multi-national corporations to overseas locations. Most of these multi-nationals were headquartered on the coasts in America and then shipped their factories and such to other places around the world where the labor laws were less severe and allowed them to, once again, hire children, immigrants, and women at much cheaper wages.

Then from the 1970s onward for 50 years, the American Midwest slowly got bled dry of many of their factories and such. As the coasts became richer and richer from the cheap wages of the lower jobs overseas and the cheaper-made products, the American Midwest suffered a great deal.

The American Midwest was hard working though and slow to anger and really where the bible belt is located. For a very long time, they just took it. They turned the other cheek and kept their hand to the plow and prayed like the Israelites in Egypt.

Then, in the 2010s, their champion came along…or so they thought, their Moses to lead them out of the despair and drudgery of this God-forsakenness brought on by the greed of their fellow countrymen themselves. And they voted for this politician in mass, in droves.

What happened after that was a brutal couple of years till now of political fighting and bickering and general nastiness. And the American Midwest to their credit, has still kept the faith and turned the other cheek and kept their hand to the plow and prayed.

But a new wind is blowing. You can’t keep a people down forever. Oppression does eventually turn and the God or Gods smile down on all, both dog and underdog. The Wheel of Fate and Fortune does move, and the reckoning does eventually happen.

Recently there have been changes to our tax laws that are making it even harder on the workers, especially the blue collar workers that voted for this political candidate. These changes were intentional as year after year, it gets harder and harder to get a decent tax return if any at all. Many workers are actually owing this year in the hundreds and thousands and if they do not take extra withholdings of 100 or 200 dollars a pay period this year, they will be in debt to the IRS for perhaps up to 10,000 dollars or more.

This isn’t right. Neither is all the laws being passed quietly attaching taxes to organ donor registry sign up and all that such as what is occurring in Michigan. All these new organ donor bills that are rolling out in our gutted economy, by the way, are being first petitioned and sent out by members of the party opposite of the one these poor working class people voted for. And these tax changes are hitting the working people the hardest. The business leaders are exempt of the changes as are the poor. These new tax changes are particularly targeting the workers, those that revolted by voting for this political champion. They are getting punished by the IRS for their audacity.


Pure evil.

Greed, theft, degradation, name-calling, dragging through the mud, and now trying to take away their rights to bear arms or their rights to protect themselves and their tax returns and setting them up for forced organ donation to feed and clothe their families which will only lead to disability and decline.


You will know a man by his fruits. These fruits are rotten to the core. Rotten.

In the 1930s, the Soviet Union did forced collectivization of agricultural lands in the Ukraine in what is known as a massive genocide called the Holodomor. Basically, they bought up a bunch of land and didn’t farm it so that when harvest came, people starved to death in the cities cause there was 1/3 less food. The suffering of the famine was intense and unbearable. People literally ate each other to survive like the Donner Party. The good people sacrificed themselves first, then the parents, and then the children were the last to go after they had suffered through having to eat those around them to survive. During this time, the Soviet Union actually distributed pamphlets to the Ukrainians telling the parents that they should not eat their children and they had a moral obligation to kill themselves first for their children.

Imagine that, stripping people of resources and slowly watching them die of lack of resources and encouraging them to still have a moral compass in the whole process and telling them if they didn’t they were bad people. If they didn’t do what we say, they are deplorable.

I want you to read that again. Read it slowly. Read it again and again and again.

Is that not what has been happening to the American Midwest for 50 years?

Read it again. Read it over and over and over again and get it through your head. Finally, get it through your head.


Just criminal.

These folks are not your friends, American Midwest. They are not at all. It’s time you know the truth, the truth will set you free.

Recently I saw some protests in Albany with folks tearing up Bibles. They want all this inclusion but not for you. They don’t like you. Hasn’t 50 years of mistreatment taught you that yet? They don’t like you, and they never will. To them, you’re a supremacist, a low-life scum, a deplorable and a racist. That’s what all the propoganda says anyway.

They don’t like you, and they never will.

What do we do with a bully?

Fight, flight, or freeze.

You spent 40 years freezing. They walked all over you. You spent 10 years fighting. They blamed you and played victim like a true narcissist does. Called you every bad name in the book.

The only recourse is flight to the promised land.

When a woman leaves a narcissist, what does she do?

Restraining order and set boundaries.


Author: J. Speer

I like to write. I have 5 books currently on Amazon, mostly fiction. I try to write positive and uplifting children's stories, expressive poetry for women, and interesting articles about personal growth, alternative medicine, and spirituality. My stories are often about diverse people but with human connection in mind through inner perspective. I love my characters especially the ones from my first book, Searching for Fire. I moved recently to Vermont. I live in the North Country region near Lake Willoughby, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. My heart will always be with Kansas but I love travel and meeting new people with diverse perspectives on life. I have found Vermonters to have many admirable qualities like stoicism and a love and stewardship of nature. My hobbies are writing, gardening, outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, and hiking. I am an amateur herbalist. Many years ago, an alternative medicine doctor cured me of a respiratory illness by teaching me about vitamins and for that, I owe her a debt of gratitude. I recently bought a Jeep Wrangler that fits my personality and love for adventure. Associated with the military in my younger years, I have lived in Israel, Germany, and Virginia as well - all of which I loved in different ways. I thoroughly believe in the military spouse phrase, "bloom where you are planted" and endeavor to carry a positive optimism wherever I roam. Most days are good but admittedly I get down sometimes. I am prone to sadness or severe cynicism at times, so I turn to music as my consolation and source of expression or inspiration. My favorite songs currently are "How Deep is Your Love" by the Beegees, "La Vie en Rose", "A Million Dreams" or maybe Karen Carpenter singing "Close to You" or Elton John singing "Your Song." I also like "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" by Starship or "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders. "Faithfully" by Journey always reminds me of rollerskating with friends in the 1980s. My favorite quotes are from the Velveteen Rabbit, Steve Jobs, and this one..."To the caterpillar it was the end of the world, but to the butterfly it was merely a beautiful beginning." Or there is the quote from Peter Pan teaching Wendy..."What if I fall? But, oh my darling, what if you fly?" I also believe in being a pearl - graceful on the outside but full of grit and gratitude on the inside. My favorite women of the Bible are Ruth, Hannah, and Hagar. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers, friend.

2 thoughts on “Labor Laws and the American Midwest”

  1. love it
    Great post! It’s interesting to learn about the history behind The Fair Labor Standards Act and how it was created to block the hiring of children into the workplace to allow fathers to regain their jobs. I have a logical question – do you think the current tax laws and changes are going against the principles the Act was created for in terms of targeting workers and punishing them for their audacity to vote for a political champion who promised change?


    1. I don’t know. I’m just seeing an increase in the auditing and budgeting for this as well as recent changes with taxes throughout the US and various news articles in regards to the changes. I wish I could say the changes to the taxes are affecting everyone across the board but they do seem to be hitting employees of companies the hardest rather than the employers or the lower levels. I suppose my article is pretty harsh and mean and full of emotion, and I do apologize for the negativity in it. I just see this from a larger labor law perspective and vantage point that perhaps others don’t see or perhaps there are aspects that I am missing in my admittedly negative perception of how events as a whole have transcended. I just really worry for blue collar and lower income white collar workers in America currently. I think many households are struggling to get all their bills paid and provide for their families.


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