Web's salary charts tell all, and we ...

Web's salary charts tell all, and we love it

There are 342 comments on the www.sfgate.com story from May 5, 2008, titled Web's salary charts tell all, and we love it. In it, www.sfgate.com reports that:

Struggling Giants pitcher Barry Zito will make $14.5 million this year. Mark Yudof, the new head of the University of California, earns $591,000 plus perks. Hillary and Bill Clinton grossed an estimated $20.4 million in 2007, while Barack Obama's family took in $4.2 million.

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Look in a mirror

Henderson, NV

#151 May 5, 2008
Mr Logic in Jax wrote:
If your boss offered you a 10% increase today would you down it down?
Of course, all of us would refuse the raise and insist that our employer give it to the needy children of the world.
BONNYOSHEA

Saskatoon, Canada

#152 May 5, 2008
gasserpe wrote:
It would be nice if us poor people could throw balls around, and become rich.
a little ambition could get you to your goal of being rich !! dont be so lazy...... get off your fat azz and go for it ya tard !
Look in a mirror

Henderson, NV

#153 May 5, 2008
Donna Atlanta GA wrote:
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Yep, I'll agree with that. I live in a suburb of Atlanta and we were recently told we were getting a minor league baseball team, along with the zillion dollar stadium for them to play in.
Imagine that!! The voters and taxpayers weren't even given a chance to say whether we wanted to pay for it or not. AND...as an added bonus...because this is a county that doesn't allow alcohol sales on Sunday (I know, it's backwards) the commissioners quickly made an exception for the ball stadium.
And they say this is a government FOR the PEOPLE. Yeah, it sure is...for those people with political positions.
Donna: WE THE PEOPLE (including YOU) are the government.
Rob

Maple Grove, MN

#154 May 5, 2008
I knew this thread would be full of stupid comments.

“Now I know how strong I can be”

Since: May 07

Marthastown

#155 May 5, 2008
eternal cynic wrote:
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Many will disagree with you but there is a lot of truth in your statement. We simply are never content with what we have. The truth is we donít know how lucky we are.
I ran across this several years ago and keep the link as a reminder at how lucky I am.
http://users.gazinter.net/melan/Warn/Warnenu....
That put some things in perspective for me, I was all prepared to holler and bitch because I work for wal-mart, but I got food in my belly and a pet and DSL and the sun is shining on my clean-just showered-well fed face, so I guess I don't really have to much to bitch about do I?
Why do we always want more, no matter what we have?

“Homosapien ”

Since: Jan 07

Minneapolis

#156 May 5, 2008
Didn't the standard used to be ten times the amount paid to the lowest paid worker.

“Homosapien ”

Since: Jan 07

Minneapolis

#157 May 5, 2008
Hell, these days we would settle for a hundred times the lowest paid worker.

“in all things be pono, aloha”

Since: Aug 07

moloka'I, hawaii

#158 May 5, 2008
oh, what good i could do for my moloka'i with that kind of money. deserving families would be able to build their own houses. people would be able to go to a dentist, some kids would be able to get higher education, etc etc...

“It's a catastrophic success”

Since: Apr 08

28th star on the flag

#159 May 5, 2008
Mr Logic in Jax wrote:
If your boss offered you a 10% increase today would you down it down?
Depends...if I'm making min wage.
Marine in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

#160 May 5, 2008
People in sports get paid FAR too much. teachers are paid shit and are expected to provide quality education to students with books out-dated by 10+ years. Celebreties also get paid far too much. people who entertain get the bank while the people who do REAL work get fucked.
Cannon Fodder

Decatur, AL

#161 May 5, 2008
spoonthumb wrote:
If you can buy everything you want and you still have millions then whats the rest for?
You have an income that most would die for and you are accumulating more than you or your family could ever use. Why?
Billions! WHAT!? Why on Earth should ANYONE own BILLIONS? This is ludicrous.
Whatever the Earth contains should get a more even distribution.
Socialism, like you advocate, also is ugly. It robs the achievers of ambition and promotes laziness among the masses.

“It's a catastrophic success”

Since: Apr 08

28th star on the flag

#162 May 5, 2008
Sports...oh don't get me started on that...HELLO anyone out there..is this thing on...

IT'S A GAME.....no player is worth 10 mill a year...to PLAY A GAME

Now you know why beer at the ballpark are 8 bucks and 1 hotdog 5 bucks..
Bart

United States

#163 May 6, 2008
Why go to a ballgame and blow $200 bucks to see a bunch of ball scratching spitting over paid hooser cry babies. Take the 2 bills and go to the casino maybe you will hit it big time.

“Why call 911? 1911 is faster”

Since: Feb 08

Wesley Chapel, FL

#164 May 6, 2008
carbon wrote:
<quoted text>
That put some things in perspective for me, I was all prepared to holler and bitch because I work for wal-mart, but I got food in my belly and a pet and DSL and the sun is shining on my clean-just showered-well fed face, so I guess I don't really have to much to bitch about do I?
Why do we always want more, no matter what we have?
Iím not sure why we always want more. I have noticed the older I become the less needy I am. I no longer enter a store and want half of everything on the shelves.

But, thatís not to say Iím not constantly trying to plan a better way to do business. I am reasonably successful in my field and make plenty of money. But, Iím always wanting to do better. Itís not to buy more crap either. I suppose it more like a video game, always trying to get to the next level.

Iím unsure why people get angry at those who make more than they do. Is it because they feel itís unfair? Is it because they think they could have done better? I donít know the answer to that. Iíve worked my tail off my entire life. Business is a little slow the past month, typically I work 80+ hours a week. In some ways I feel like Iíve worked hard and deserve what I have. Then I see others struggling to make ends meet in this economy and feel guilty.
Redman

Oklahoma City, OK

#165 May 6, 2008
Rob wrote:
I knew this thread would be full of stupid comments.
And you win the prize for the most StUpid stupid!

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#166 May 6, 2008
alsan55 wrote:
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Even worse is that while these people make millions for tossing around a ball, and entertaining people. Meanwhile, we have teachers who make next to nothing, even though they are helping our next generation become successful (and thereby making our country successful). Also, look at the pay of CNA's, this country's primary caretakers for the elderly who have made this country work before us - they make peanuts.
The priorities of this country are out of whack. Ball players can make millions because people don't stand up and say they won't take it anymore.
Rather than cap the salary allowed, we just need to up the taxes paid. The more you earn, the more you should be required to help the nation in taxes. Barry Zito can take care of several generations of his family with one year of his salary.
Hey - you know what? They already have a system like this. A guy named Marx came up with it a while back. You should go and check it out.

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#167 May 6, 2008
Marine in Oklahoma wrote:
People in sports get paid FAR too much. teachers are paid shit and are expected to provide quality education to students with books out-dated by 10+ years. Celebreties also get paid far too much. people who entertain get the bank while the people who do REAL work get fucked.
You could hardly have made a more silly comment had you tried.

“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

Since: Mar 07

Kansas City, MO.

#168 May 6, 2008
Kill Whitey wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong! if I had the money I'd pay warren buffet that amount easily. He's worth at least a couple of billion for his skills. If I had the money I'd pay him billions to manage my money, he's worth every penny.
Well, a fool and his money. ROTFL.

“Normal?”

Since: Apr 07

Utopia

#169 May 6, 2008
Opinionsarelikea-holz wrote:
<quoted text>
wow, you're rich! i make like $960 every two weeks. Before taxes :(
I really do not make that much. I was being a smart ass to the guy too whom I was responding.

“Rational thoughts appreciated”

Since: Aug 07

United States

#170 May 6, 2008
FactJack wrote:
<quoted text>
I understand your point of view, but I disagree with it. It does appear that there is an imbalance between social responsibility of certain jobs (i.e teachers and social workers) within our community vs entertainment. But, demand, which is the wishes of the people of this country, creates those priorities. People simply love entertainment, it is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Keep in mind, a football player is usually a very talented individual that through his hard work is compensated at a level which the industry is willing to pay (i.e the market). But, here is my disagreement, why should a person, not just an athlete, but anybody that makes a significant salary be penalized and have to pay higher taxes then someone else to makes less?
For example, if you take a person who puts in 8 hours of work in a normal day (i.e labor), and another person who puts in 8 hours of work in a normal, but makes twice as much in wages as the first, why should the latter person have to pay more in taxes when fundamentally the same amount of work (labor) has been spent? You would think that an civil engineer would be taxed less as an incentive to go through all of that schooling and demands of the job, versus a person working at a fast-food restaurant.
The progressive tax system is a disincentive to hard-working skilled labor. The more taxes you levy on a person, because of their talent and skill, what is there incentive to want to work harder?
I think you took it farther than I intended. I'm talking about the elite, not just the educated engineer. I do think there should be rewards for working hard for a good living, but when there are people who make more than they could ever touch, I don't think they would even notice the pittance they would lose from 2 to 3 percent more in tax payments.
Much like the tax subsidy that is going out now, these are people who would just sit on the money anyway, making that tax money back in interest since it's insane to think he would somehow get short on cash. That is, of course, not counting drug addicts and other extreme cases...

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