Americans not exactly gushing with student-council enthusiasm over lack of raises

You will need a crowbar to pry loose the scowls on American workers who stand smack on the edge of financial failure and are about to fall into the abyss of bankruptcy.
The economic gloom is circling like vultures over beleaguered employees. Evidently 9 out of 10 American workers are not expecting salary increases next year.
The bad economy is like a hot knife through cold butter when it comes to slicing into consumer spending.
And a double-edged sword. Plummeting economic confidence puts an even bigger crimp into the possibility of economic growth.