Friday, July 07, 2006

Something to ponder

Credit to the staff of MSN Money for this excerpt from an article that I read today:

By MSN Money staff
Last year was a very good year to be an average CEO.

A typical chief executive at a U.S. company earned 262 times the pay of a typical worker in 2005, according to a recent report.

With 260 workdays in a year, that means that an average CEO earned more in one workday than a worker earned in 52 weeks.

That pay gap is the second-highest in the 40 years for which data are available, reports the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank.

American CEOs fared even better in 2000, when they made an average of 300 times the salary of their workers.

Executive pay has become a hot-button issue with shareholders around the country.

So I guess my question is this: How does this kind of unbelievable disparity in pay accord with Matthew 20:1-16-the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard? Perhaps this is a leading question; and if it is I would like to suggest one other leading question that it may raise, viz. who exactly is the one leading us when the people in our society who are at the "front of the line" make as much in one day as the people at the "back of the line" make in a whole year?


ryan k said...

If you are trying to tell us that you want a raise, I don't think this is the appropriate venue.

billy said...