This should be compulsory in all American schools, especially in Obama's America. It's interesting that because Randy Newman is of a far more complex political make-up than most Left-Wingers/liberals/whatever the Hell he is, this is a far more complex view of working people's views than most attain.
Oh, Randy, here you go, confusing me again with your ambiguous tone. I feel like there's an element of contempt for the narrator's special pleading, but he's smart enough to know what he's doing and to know that Mr. President doesn't much give a damn. And the music pumps up the lyrics with just enough drive and punch to give the narrator's plaint some resonance. Still, he can't quite make it from a whiny tone to an angry one. Don't beg, man! Demand what you need! We're pulling for you; now pull for yourself.