^^^This is an excellent post (as they always are when we're talking about this) but one line in particular caught my eye: When people complain about increased work loads, decreased hours and unpaid furloughs, enforced overtime, no raises, cuts in benefits, safety net full of holes, crappy infrastructure, they are told to be grateful to have a job at all. Because you could get laid off, and then where will you be?
Even worse is when we tell ourselves that. Because we believe it, with good f'ing reason. And yes, I'm speaking from my own experience - I remember thinking this exact thing while I was hating my deceptive boss at my last job. Getting laid off was the best thing that could have happened for my mental health (I SUCK at professional politics) but it's certainly left me with few options and no room to make a mistake.