Labor and liberty

Slated on Backbone Radio, September 2 Listen every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, Denver.. 1460 KZNT, Colorado Springs... and streaming live at

Labor and liberty are inseparable in our American understanding of human equality and God-given rights. Each person's ownership of himself and his work-product is foundational to a free society. A day to honor those who do the hard physical work is fine. But the deprivation of economic liberty is nothing to celebrate; it hurts the poorest the most. Michael Reitz, who works on labor issues for the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, understands this. Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO7) doesn't seem to; he voted for the bill that would have denied a secret ballot in union organizing elections.

Perlmutter and Reitz are two of my guests this Sunday for our Labor Day weekend edition of Backbone Radio. I hope you'll be listening.

** Economist John Lott also has a great handle on issues of liberty and labor, as shown in his new book, "Freedomnomics." He's back to talk about it, after being with us recently to discuss gun rights.

** We'll also talk with Larry Greenfield, chairman of the California Republican Jewish Coalition, about 2008 races, and with University of Colorado political scientist Vincent McGuire about student honor codes.

What a tribute to conservative talk radio that the left is begging for on-air quotas to push its less persuasive views. And what a kick for us at Backbone Radio to provide your weekend conservative update every Sunday. Tune in, please!

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS