Naturally the man I hired to come do yardwork today didn’t show up. This happens quite often around here. I call a handyman or road grader or some other tradesman who placed an ad or put up a flyer and arrange to have him come do some work, then the guy doesn’t show. I ran an ad in the paper for a babysitter, got a gadzillion calls but then more than half the women with whom I set up interviews never bothered to show up for them.
You’d think with everyone complaining about the economy and high gas prices and how tough it is to make ends meet that people would actually show up to work when they got a job, wouldn’t you?
Ah, yes, the economy. The economy that’s going to go into the tank if Congress doesn’t pass a three quarter trillion bail-out so all those fat cat CEOs can keep their jobs at the companies they’ve run into the ground. And yes, I know that Congress is going to make sure there are no “golden parachutes” for these con artists with MBAs, going to make sure none of them get paid more than the President of the U.S., i.e., $400,000 a year. Frankly, I don’t think a guy who couldn’t keep his company out of bankruptcy is worth $40K, never mind $400K. A Japanese CEO who does that is more likely to submit his resignation — and possibly even commit hara-kiri — than to try to hang on to his old job at his old salary.
I realize some of you may think I sound like a Democrat rather than the Republican I am, as though I’m engaging in class warfare when I say executive salaries are out of control in this country, and that the culture of greed is destroying our society. But they are, and it is. The difference is, I don’t want government to legislate corporate salaries, and I don’t think government can do a damn thing about the epidemic of greed and laziness and consumerism that infects our culture. Can anyone or anything? A depression, maybe, but I doubt it. Back in the 1930s, Americans faced an economic trauma with courage and determination. Today I think people would just whine about it until the government gave in and borrowed enough money from future generations and Chinese banks so that people could go on buying on credit — and not showing up for work.