And yet government is the only force strong enough to keep capitalism in check. Forgive me if I don't believe in the power of labor unions to do it, given recent history. FDR's government programs did a lot more than the unions ever did since we got rid of child labor and started working 5 days a week. If not for government regulation, we would all be slaves with big debt accounts at the company store and indenture until retirement (AKA euthanasia) as soon as our cost/benefit ratio reached 1.