Google didnt ask for any monopoly they are perceived to have. The others shot themselves in the foot and didnt have the guts to realise that you COULD succeed just by sticking to the knitting and making a good product. Google's only responsibility is to their investors, to provide a search service that people continually use because of it's utility and to build their brand. I havent seen any users complaining yet that the results are bad, or even worse than other services. Even the reports on the go to hell issue say that Google is the most relevant search engine. They DON'T have a responsibility to Webmasters. Webmasters make their content available for inclusion - in return for the chance of exposure, if google thinks their content is good for their customers. Some thought this was a good update, though you wouldnt beleive it from this thread! Should these people be rushing up to google offering to support google with an income and a job. Hardly.
When are YOU going to grow up and realise that google is not a government public service, and does not owe you an income or a job. If they did just how many webmasters around the world will they have to pay termination awards to? Google didnt force you to become dependent on them. They did not force you to work with them, and they cannot afford to allow a certain proportion of disappointed Webmasters to tell them how to do their job. Their constituency is their searchers. Running a successful business is full of hard knocks, and you cant go crying to clients who dont renew, or a free source of advertising that decides it dosent need you at the moment. Doing business on the Web is no different from doing business anywhere. It's no kindergarten.
Do you pay taxes to google? Have Google made any promise that they will provide you jobs and incomes? Has Google made you any undertakings that will rank your site well, and even include it? If you place an ad in a newspaper, is the newspaper going to be responsible for your ROI? If the answers to any of these questions is anything other than No, with all respect, you are crazy... Google is not a charity, its a business, Just because it does not charge webmasters, does not make it a charity.
Sorry for ranting, I do feel for those who feel they have not acheived the results they wish for. I have the greatest respect for those here who have taken the hit and are now busy redoing their sites. But I dont have sympathy for those who deluded themselves that google in any way owes them an income.
How could you let this happen? Most people would know that free search engine traffic is not something to build a job on, and in the future it may reduce to almost nothing anyway.
If you take the sensible long term view, its worth about as much as you paid for it...