Friday, June 29, 2012

Just compensation

I'm told that when my grandfather served in the Rhode Island Senate he was payed $17 a year.  I know being a senator is something one does because they want to better the world but not compensating them is just society taking advantage of the situation. Everyone's time is valuable and they should be compensated for it.  It also begs the question, what quality of people do you get without just compensation.

We live in a time where the top people in corporations make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, while some of those doing the actual hands on work that provides the service or profit do not always make a living wage.
It's also a time when the phrase "shared sacrifice" is a buzzword.

As of last fall the average CEO in America made 325 times the average worker.

I just think that when times are tough and sacrifice is needed, those calling for the sacrifice should lead by example.
We need just levels of compensation to attract qualified people, CEOs, nurses, factory workers, farm works.......everyone.  We also need fiscal responsibility. They are not mutually exclusive.

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