Celebrating Max Blanck and Isaac Harris Day with Eric Cantor



The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
On Monday, House Majority leader Eric Cantor tweeted:

Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.

For some reason, he took a lot of grief for this sentiment. But I think this is an excellent moment to look at the risk-takers who "worked hard, built a business, and earned their own success."

Let's take those overlooked heroes, Max Blanck and Isaac Harris. A hundred years ago, these two men built their own clothing manufacturing company from the ground up. They faced a lot of bureaucratic nonsense from the government. Did you know that the government required them to have three stairway exits from each floor of their factory? Three! My god, they already had to keep the main stairway locked in order to keep their employees — horrid, ungrateful girls who could barely speak English — from pilfering from them.

That's not even the half of it. These girls broke windows and destroyed elevators and tore the fire escape from the building. And you know, there were a ton of witnesses, but the government never did do one thing about this wanton vandalism.

Imagine having to monitor three exits, just to keep these immature brats — who should have been grateful to work Monday through Saturday 10 dollars a week — from running off with all the merchandise.

And in a ridiculous government overstep, one of those stairway exits was supposed to be a sturdy iron fire escape! So not only did Blanck and Harris have to pay tax dollars to support the fire department, they were also supposed to keep their building fire-safe! The insult, that they should have to pay both for an escape route for their employees, but also pay for the rescuers!

Plus, you guys would not believe the grief they got from unions for using non-union immigrant labor. I mean, jeez, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Am I right?

Luckily, Blanck and Harris were just the kind of risk-taking business builders Eric Cantor and the GOP love to celebrate, so they kept those doors locked to keep those ungrateful workers from cheating them. And those men were, except for a small bump in the road, a great American success story.

And yet, you never hear the liberal media giving them or folks like them their due. I know it'll be difficult to get this changed nationally, but let's call on the Tennessee Republicans, at least, to change the state holiday from Labor Day to Max Blanck and Isaac Harris Day.

Max Blanck and Isaac Harris — two Americans who show what happens when government gets out of the way and lets businessmen do their thing.

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