“â€˜This is America. We donâ€™t disparage wealth. And we believe that success should be rewarded,â€™ Obama said. â€˜But what gets people upset â€“ and rightfully so â€“ are executives being rewarded for failure. Especially when those rewards are subsidized by US taxpayers.â€™
The cap on compensation marks a sharp pay cut for executives of some of the largest banks, such as Citigroup and Bank of America.
â€˜If these executives receive any additional compensation, it will come in the form of stock that canâ€™t be paid up until taxpayers are paid back for their assistance,â€™ Obama said.”
(Via Christian Science Monitor.)
Contrary to conservative noises about communism, this is quintessentially American capitalist. Now if only corporate boards were actually independent of the executives they are supposed to oversee, we’d have this kind of check and balance all the time.