Interestingly though, during this Labor Day you are unlikely to hear much from our mass media or political "leaders" about the laborers who participated in the New Deal work & construction programs, e.g., the WPA, the National Youth Administration (NYA), or the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), despite the fact that these workers--along with private sector workers funded by the New Deal's Public Works Administration (PWA)--modernized our infrastructure on a scale never seen before or since.
It's hard to determine why the mass media and our political "leaders" will, for the most part, fail to mention these New Deal laborers. Is it cultural forgetfulness? Is it because Labor Day sales and "news" about Kim Kardashian's wardrobe choices will drown out the more substantive aspects of Labor Day? Is it because we have a collective disdain for the unemployed and thus don't care to mention their monumental, nation-changing achievements? (See "Matt Taibbi: America Has A 'Profound Hatred Of The Weak And The Poor'"). Is it because many on the political right would prefer to believe that Ayn Rand was responsible for the modernization of America, and not workers or "big bad government"? Is it all of the above?
In any event, please take a moment to remember the millions of New Deal laborers who built or improved so many of the parks, bridges, roads, buildings, airports, etc., that we still enjoy & utilize today (see the Living New Deal for thousands of still-existing New Deal sites, structures, and works of art).