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November 11, 2005

Barbara Boxer -- on to something

The other BabsBarbara Boxer was in her element when she pulled out her charts showing the salaries of oil company executives.

Gentlemen, this compares to an average American who makes $23,276 per year. Each of your bonuses was more than 155 times greater than the typical American's yearly salary.

And compare your bonuses to a worker on minimum wage, which Congress hasn't raised in nine long years, that minimum wage workers makes $10,713 per year. Each of your bonuses -- forget the rest of it -- each of your bonuses was more than 300 times greater than a minimum wage worker's annual pay.

So let me just ask you a question here: Will you consider making a major personal contribution and major corporate contributions from record profits to a charitable fund set up, hopefully with your efforts and community effort, to help America's working families get relief from higher home heating oil prices or higher gas prices? Just a "yes" or a "no" if you would consider this.*

Wow. Babs thinks oil company execs make too much money, implying it is directly tied to price at the pump.

Maybe she's on to something, maybe we should have hearings on loads of other businesses --

I want to see George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steve Jobs infront of Babs answering how they can explain their compensation when movie ticket prices hover close to $10, almost twice the hourly federal minimum wage. :::horrors:::

Geez, Babs, think of how much camera face time you'll receive when you pull into the chamber professional athletes, like Mike Piazza ($13 mil/yr) and Shaquille O'Neal ($20 mil/yr), and embarrass them that they make 3 to 5 times as much as oil company executives! Think of the "voluntary" charity that you can demand of NBA players to subsidize basketball tickets!

And Babs? I know these hearings have been great free publicity for your new novel (panned, but don't let that get you down, girlfriend, keep writing about how being a Republican is eevvviiilll), but too much media exposure is going to make Chuck Schumer very jealous.

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Posted by Darleen at November 11, 2005 06:52 AM


Shouldn't that be "...on something" rather than "...on to something"? ;)

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