Beating Down American Workers

With the current attempt to get rid of overtime pay for many workers along with the quickly vanishing American vacation (both links thanks to Slashdot) I wonder how long until there is some sort of grass roots revolt. Then again, as recent events from the vote in the 2000 presidential election to the WMD that aren't there in Iraq to the Tax Cut for the Rich tell us that the American people are willing to take a lot of abuse. That is unfortunate because it means that when the inevitable backlash occurs it will be enormous which usually means violent. A well run democracy is one in where there is a constant feedback loop between the people and the government. But in a country where barely half the voting population bothered to vote in the last presidential election how much of a feedback loop can one hope for? Many have abdicated their freedom and then wonder at its absence.

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