Today's Hypothetical Situation
Okay, try this:
The company you work for just accepted a bail-out. However, President Obama has attached some strings to the deal. The CEO's pay has been frozen (or cut) to $500,000. "Yeah!" you think. "They were stupid, the top guy oughta pay!" But Obama isn't finished. Next, he says that none of his immediate subordinates can make more than $300,000. "Well, fine!" you say. "They were just as culpable." Ah, but that's still not all! Middle managers will no longer be allowed to make anything more than $150,000. After all, fair is fair. Suddenly you start squirming, because you've been looking for a job at that level, and you really had your eye on a house in a great neighborhood with nice schools.
But then comes the coup de grace: Obama says no one else in the company will be allowed to make more than $40,000 a year. You make $41,000, and your budget is tighter than Ebeneezer Scrooge's so you can save for that dream house. Well, now you no longer need to worry about that dream house. Not only can you not afford to save for it, you're going to have to cut back on everything else you buy: groceries, bills, activities, vacations--because you just got a pay cut!
Now you're angry. How dare he tell me, a "little guy," how much I can make? I'm not responsible! I just work here! And what I make is my business anyway! What if I want to earn more? Now you know how the boss feels. Do you REALLY think it's a great idea for companies to accept bailout money if it comes with strings attached? And do you REALLY believe it's so noble to cut particular people's pay in the name of "fairness?" Careful what you wish for.