One word: Republicans.
It has been their meme for years and years and years that “labor” is the faceless evil Socialist/Communist horde that must be fought tooth and nail.
And the idiots buy it – that’s what enrages me. I can totally understand the evil involved when the people who benefit outrageously from abolishing the rights of working people (i.e., corporations and the wealthy) tout this kind of shit – I get that.
What I don’t get (and never will) are the goddamned freaking bobble-headed lemmings who obediently toe that line – even though it’s against their own best interests.
And no, no Republican snake oil salesman (or woman) touting the Ayn Randian virtues of selfishness and the “free market” is going to convince me that lower wages, fewer protections, no safety standards in the workplace, no minimum wage and a horde of teenage workers is *better* for me.
You might as well tell me that I’d benefit from having my leg cut off – because then, I’d get to use a pair of nice, shiny crutches!! YAY!