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The Politics of Hate and Envy.

Posted by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM
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The Politics of Hate and Envy

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/walter-williams/the-politics-of-hate-and-envy/print/

Part of the progressive agenda is to create hate and envy. One component of that agenda is to attack the large differences between a corporation’s chief executive officer’s earnings and those of its average worker. CNNMoney published salary comparisons in “Fortune 50 CEO pay vs. our salaries” (http://tinyurl.com/c2b24rv). Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s annual salary is $2.8 million. CNN shows that it takes 66 Wells Fargo employees, whose average salary is $42,400, to match Stumpf’s salary. It takes 57 Wal-Mart employees, who earn $22,100 on average, to match CEO Michael Duke’s $1.3 million. At General Electric, 44 employees earning $75,300 a year match CEO Jeff Immelt’s $3.3 million salary. For people with little understanding, such differences seem patently unfair. Before touching on the fairness issue, let’s look at some high salaries that progressives ignore.

Forbes lists the “Highest-Paid Football Players 2013″ (http://tinyurl.com/kw4dv3d). Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, earned $40 million. If the average Saints organization employee earned $45,000, it would take almost 900 of them to match Brees’ salary. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned $31.3 million, and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant earns $23.5 million for playing basketball. It would take the earnings of more than 1,200 workers making $45,000 a year to match the earnings of Brady and Bryant.

But the “unfair” salaries of sports players pale in comparison with movie stars. According to Forbes’ listing of the highest-paid actors (http://tinyurl.com/k3p8djs), Robert Downey Jr. earned $75 million from June 2012 to June 2013. Channing Tatum: $60 million. Hugh Jackman: $55 million. Let’s suppose the cameraman working with Downey earned $60,000. It would take the salaries of 1,250 of them to equal his salary. Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 salary came to $165 million, thousands of times what the earnings of people who work for her are.

Though sports and Hollywood personalities earn multiples of CEO salaries, you’ll never find leftists and progressives picketing and criticizing them.

Why? The strategy for want-to-be tyrants is to demonize people whose power they want to usurp. That’s the typical way tyrants gain power. They give the masses someone to hate. In 18th-century France, it was Maximilien Robespierre’s promoting hatred of the aristocracy that led to his acquiring dictatorial power. In the 20th century, the communists gained power by promoting public hatred of the czars and capitalists. In Germany, Adolf Hitler gained power by promoting hatred of Jews and Bolsheviks.

I’m not equating America’s progressives and liberals with Robespierre, Josef Stalin and Hitler. I am saying that promoting jealousy, fear and hate is an effective strategy for leftist politicians and their followers to control and micromanage businesses. It’s not about the amount of money top executives earn. If it were, politicians and leftists would be promoting jealousy, fear and hatred toward multi-multimillionaire Hollywood actors, celebrities and sports stars. But there is no way that politicians could usurp the roles of Drew Brees, Kobe Bryant, Robert Downey Jr. and Oprah Winfrey. That means celebrities can make any amount of money they want and it matters not one iota politically. Do you think President Barack Obama would stoke the fires of hate and envy by remarking that he thinks that “at a certain point, you’ve made enough money” — as he did in a 2010 Quincy, Ill., speech — in regard to the salaries of Winfrey, Brees and Hollywood celebrities?

Why the high salaries? Ask yourself: If a corporate board of directors could hire a person for $45,000 who could do what a CEO could do, why would they pay CEOs millions? If an NFL team owner could hire a person with the athletic ability and decision-making capacity of Drew Brees for $100,000, why would he pay Brees $40 million? If some other actor could have created as many box-office receipts, why would movie producers have paid Downey $75 million?

There’s another important issue. If one company has an effective CEO, it is not the only company that would like to have him on the payroll. In order to keep him, the company must pay him enough so that he can’t be lured elsewhere.





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by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM
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I am sure you did. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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What?

Rest assured, I was speaking of the idiot who wrote the article.

Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.



jcrew6
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM
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I am sure you did stop reading at the words progressive agenda. 

Quoting Sisteract:

What?

Rest assured, I was speaking of the idiot who wrote the article.

Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.




Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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As you would if you saw a divisive title and the first sentence of the article contained the words, Conservative, Christian, bible thumper...words that disagree with your "side."


Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did stop reading at the words progressive agenda. 

Quoting Sisteract:

What?

Rest assured, I was speaking of the idiot who wrote the article.

Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.





jcrew6
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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Wow, you measure yourself to how you assume I would react...  I am honored. I don't shy away from the phrase with the words "Conservative Agenda".  

I don't really care about the phrase bible thumper.  It's been defined as a derogatory term by some.  Do you think the phrase "Progressive Agenda" is derogatory? 

Our Current President of the United States has nearly two terms of divisive phrases and NOW you are concerned about such tone and terms being used in an opinionated piece.  



Quoting Sisteract:

As you would if you saw a divisive title and the first sentence of the article contained the words, Conservative, Christian, bible thumper...words that disagree with your "side."


Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did stop reading at the words progressive agenda. 

Quoting Sisteract:

What?

Rest assured, I was speaking of the idiot who wrote the article.

Quoting jcrew6:

I am sure you did. 

Quoting Sisteract:

Stop reading at the words "progressive agenda."

If envy applies to one side.

Hate applies to the other.

Put that in the divisive generalization pipe and take a big, ole, hit.






12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Agree.  

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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I think the Hate and Envy is coming from the other side of the fence but what-ever lol

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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I'm sorry, but with a lead in like this:  Part of the progressive agenda is to create hate and envy....

I just can't read further because the first freaking line is BS

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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It’s not about the amount of money top executives earn. If it were, politicians and leftists would be promoting jealousy, fear and hatred toward multi-multimillionaire Hollywood actors, celebrities and sports stars.

Why should they talk about how much a celebrity or sports star makes?  The owners of the teams and studios are making a ton of money but the players, actors, singers, whatever, are receiving a very, very large chunk of that pie.  Those who play sports, have in the past, gone on strike to receive a larger portion of the pie and no one thinks they are being greedy, in general they have supported in their efforts.


Where corporations are concerned, it's a far different story.  The CEO and top execs make millions a year and often receive millions in year-end bonus checks and their salaries do not remain stagnant like the pay of their workers has for quite some time.  However whenever the workers strike, not even to get  more money but often to keep a corporation from  lowering their wages and or benefits, they are called greedy;   told they want something for nothing; they should be glad they even have a job, etc. In short they are demonized.  They don't strike out of hate or envy, they stike to keep their  piece of the pie and yes, at times, to get a tiny bit more of that pie. Instead of the writer saying those who question the astronomical differences between CEO pay and worker pay are trying to micromanage businesses or promote jealousy, enviousness and/or hatefulness, he should be  asking corporations why their workers, the ones who actually produce the product, or provide the customer service that brings in more customers,   are not getting a larger portion of that multi-billion dollar pie.

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