The American worker is fast becoming as extint as the Tazmanian tiger. I think Presigo is exactly right when he says "we are taken for granted." But it's not just a matter of being taken for granted by the companies we work for or anything that the president himself is or is not doing. We ARE the people. We ARE the consumer. There's that old saying that every dollar we spend casts a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. Companies don't pay higher wages in part because we accept lower ones. Companies ship our jobs overseas in part because we buy goods made overseas. Companies cut our benefits because in part we don't demand more.
It's a round robin. If we as Americans want to succeed we have to be as contributory and active in that process as we possibly can be. I'm not saying to our detriment. But we have become very willing participants in, for example, killing very good paying manufacturing jobs. The auto industry is a big example of that. I see a guy get out of a Toyota and shake his head, "Where are all the jobs?"
It's not an easy undertaking. So much in our country has changed. So much of our attitude as a nation has changed. It's going to take a lot of effort and real change on behalf of every American to make things right again...
Say, by buying more goods made in America. By demanding a better quality of living, and putting our lives and our livelihoods on the line to demand it. Hey, we used to stand for something in this country. Now it's basically CYA, screw everyone else and hope it all works out.
What did Kennedy once say? "We do these things not because they are easy. We do these things because they are hard."
The American worker is taken for granted in part because the American worker has taken his contribution to the process for granted.