Just because the rotten economy has created an increasingly labor-unfriendly environment, that doesn't mean you can't whip up a heap of righteous, entitled indignation. Maybe you have to work swing shift at the broom factory, dipping bundles of straw in a vat of boiling tar until it's time to stagger home and collapse in exhaustion. Or maybe some sticklers on the campaign trail are making a federal case out of your $100 million executive bonus. Either way, you deserve more than The Man is doling out, right? So ask for more, dammit!
What? You need more than a 90-word pep talk to ask for a raise while the stock market is tanking, unemployment is spiking, the housing market is in a state of collapse, your access to healthcare is precarious, and a weekly paycheck is the only thing standing between you and meals of Top Ramen and generic cat food? What are you, chicken? Bock bock bock! Bock bock bock bock bock bock!
Fine. If you need more motivation to demand a raise, here are five songs to get those palms pointed upward and outward.
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