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Recession? CEOs Are Over It

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Posted on Apr 10, 2011
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General Electric, like many U.S. corporations, had a big fourth quarter. It earned nearly $4 billion for the period.

Capitalists need not fear, as the reduction in CEO pay during the recession appears to be an artifact of the recent past, with corporate executives now raking in as much as they did before the financial slump—and some even more.

The fat salaries of executives flies in the face of the country’s high unemployment and cuts in workers’ wages, benefits and rights. —JCL

The New York Times:

After shrinking during the 2008-9 recession, paychecks for top American executives are growing again—in many cases, significantly so.

Rarely has the view from the corner office seemed so at odds with the view from the street corner. At a time when millions of Americans are trying to hang on to homes and millions more are trying to hang on to jobs, the chief executives of major corporations like 3M, General Electric and Cisco Systems are making as much today as they were before the recession hit. Indeed, some are making even more.

The disparity is especially stark as companies are swimming in cash. In the fourth quarter, profits at American businesses were up an astounding 29.2 percent, the fastest growth in more than 60 years. Collectively, American corporations logged profits at an annual rate of $1.678 trillion.

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By thenewest3rdworld, April 13, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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Stories relative to this keep popping up all over the
internet. “Amerigreed! The Newest 3rd World Country”

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By frecklefever, April 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

THE CAPITALISTS ARE ON THE QUEST TO BE THE NEW ROYALISTS….NO
TAXES…COMPENSATION BEYOND SOCIAL CONSCIENCE…AND A
UNRELENTING STATUS REWARD MANIA…..BUT THEY TRADE MANHOOD FOR
SWINENESS…

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By gstoddard, April 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

In addition to the recovery in earnings, the executives can look forward to a tax
cut if Ryan’s budget proposal is approved, while the rest of us can anticipate a
reduction in government services to reduce the deficit.

What a country.

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