For some dam reason, the class warriors are very selective in their outrage about salaries and benefits for our top performers. Everyone seems to be involved in CEO pay -- but very few are willing to attack Ben Rothleisburger or Angus T. Jones for making 100s or even 1000s of times the average American wage. Who is Angus T. Jones? Do Television Stars Make Too Much Money? Not bad for a gig that only takes 5 months out of the year. Kinda wimpy labor compared to a CEO managing 100,000 employees at 130 separate biz units globally 24/7/365. No breaks for THOSE guys. It's really None of Your Business (NYOB) what CEO are paid. Just like it's NYOB what the annual purse of the PGA Tour is.. Or even the historical trends of paying top performers expanding in EVERY sector of the economy... The rate of increase for CEO is NOT an anomaly.. Take the NBA for instance. So Plot THAT against average annual worker salary and stuff it. (or dunk it -- your choice). You outraged that the folks in the ticket booth are only making $18/hour? Let's hear it. But it's NYOB what Lebron James makes. From Sports Illustrated --- Sports Illustrated... 1. Tiger Woods: $127,902,706 million 2. Phil Mickelson: $62,372,685 million 3. LeBron James: $40,455,000 million 4. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: $40,250,000 million 5. Kobe Bryant: $35,490,625 million 6. Shaquille O'Neal: $35,000,000 million 6. Alex Rodriguez: $35,000,000 million 8. Kevin Garnett: $31,000,000 million 9. Peyton Manning: $30,500,000 million 10. Derek Jeter: $30,000,000 million 11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: $27,221,970 million 12. Allen Iverson: $27,109,375 million 13. Kevin Durant: $25,950,000 million 14. Jeff Gordon: $25,926,687 million 15. Ben Roethlisberger: $25,200,000 million 16. Dwyane Wade: $25,041,250 million 17. Tracy McGrady: $25,014,187 million 18. Carmelo Anthony: $22,541,250 million 19. Tim Duncan: $22,514,187 million 20. Manny Ramirez: $22,500,000 million How does THAT stack up to CEO pay? Here's some facts.. 1) CEO pay increases correlate nearly perfectly with the increase in capitalization for the largest corporations. Meaning that growth in compensation can largely be explained by massive mergers and acquisitions and increased scope of responsibility. 2) Corporate leadership is a PUNISHING jobs. Does not even begin to resemble the limited job description and requirements of a Union job. You'd be lucky to get a day off without several scheduled hours of work or international commuting. 3) Whether companies are smoothing rolling along or faced with disaster -- it's NOYB whether CEO goes up or down. If the SF 49ers have a BAD year -- should they pay MORE for players, coaches or less? Often a company in decline HAS to seek out the big buck talent. There is no choice. 4) What the CEO/worker salary ratio is doesn't really matter. What MATTERS is whether those workers are doing equitably with counterpart jobs in places outside of the Forbes 100 companies. MOST workers don't worry about CEO salary. The argument is limited to a select few GYNORMOUS companies. You might be a stockholder. Then it's your business. You might be an employee. Then it's your business. But just like the fact that Phil Mickelson is NOT stealing from you and neither is Hugh Laurie -- It's NOYB what corporations pay for top talent.