If you "slave" over Jpegs to get the "best pic I can", you would really enjoy slaving over a Raw file in a good editor, and you would soon see the advantages.
THAT is the whole point of Raw. If you want to, or enjoy editing your pictures to get the very best as YOU see it, Raw is a really great tool.
i can do with a RAW file twice as much in a quarter of the time when compared with JPG. And that is a conservative estimate. Somethings simply cannot be done in JPG. For a guy that started with film, moved quickly to scanned glossy prints, ended up taking the first digital camera into "my" photographer's studio and editing jpegs from that camera, and who has edited who knows how many digital pictures, RAW is an absolute necessity for the vast majority of work I do. I would guess that 5 percent of the pics i take are SOoC, and another 5 percent are edited JPG the rest are RAW.