a reply to: OrganizedChaos
I don't think the beauty of America is in destroying the middle class.
As for imposing some sort of limit on how successful you are allowed to become? Nah, but reigning-in/capping that ratio above would be a good start.
Such a cap would still allow one to become as successful as they'd like, and it would incentivize companies to raise wages on their own. The more your
workers are compensated, the more you're free to take home at the top. It's a win/win situation, and "the sky's the limit".
Right now, if you want to start or run a business and never give your employees raises and keep increasing your take home pay, that is your right, but
why would you find it hard to keep employees? As you already stated, "now the only jobs are low paying, low hours, usually service related work". So
where would they go when you have 'em by the short and curlys?
Basically, if you don't agree with the way your company treats you, then there's countless other companies that will treat you the exact same way. As
you said "I do miss the days of the excellent companies to work for.". Now, it largely doesn't matter if you work for company A, B, C, or D. Class
warfare against the middle class has become endemic in today's corporate world.
I agree that the attitude of the workforce has dramatically changed over the years, but I think it's rooted in people feeling (even if they're not
outright-recognizing) the pinch of the war being waged against the middle class.
Companies used to care about their workers. After all, happy and healthy workers are more productive, but as you pointed out "Let's say you interview
for CEO and have a company offer you $10M per year plus a $75M bonus if you hit your numbers and see if you are all of a sudden worried about what the
lowest paid workers make.". The current structure incentivizes a lack of caring.
As for me, I couldn't take marketing any longer, so I took a large cut to go work with one of the most successful (and very few) employee-owned
companies in the nation. It's much less pay, but not nearly as soul-sucking as marketing was.