Saturday, October 04, 2008

CEOs and Uncle Scrooge

Are Americans really upset about CEO pay? by Chris in Paris.

The short answer is no. It's the one given there and the one I'll give you here.

I'll tell you why, too, if you really want to know.

We haven't really gotten the notion of Scrooge McDuck out of our heads.

Not literally Uncle Scrooge, of course, but all the guys like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford that he was created to stand in for. People who worked long and hard and earned their wealth. We kinda imagine that these guys are built of the same stuff. Yes, even the average apathetic American knows better intellectually.

But the fact that not one of these guys up there now has the moral value to shine guys like that's shoes - Hell, most of them don't have the moral value to shine my fucking shoes, and I'm wearing tennie runners! But snotty swipes at their moral fortitude aren't doing the debate any favors.

It's going to take a while before Americans are ready to call a motherfucker a motherfucker on this one, but more than that, we've created an entire semi-functional business model around the lazy, morally pathetic men and women who have taken the reins from the capitalists of days gone by. One which none of us is quite willing to topple, because somewhere it's part of the far stretches of our dreams, and to let that go would give up the last piece we have left of the American Dream as it once was.

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