Do we understand that claiming to be civilized means we agree to limit our behaviors that might or do impact negatively on others?
What we have is "two Americas". On the one side it means that the workers of America need to have their incomes limited. On the other side some use the rationale that the workers do not contribute as much to the society as the small percentage of greedy or even well meaning people as well as some that are the crooks that destroyed the world economy by ripping off most of the wealth.
Is it fair to say that it is OK to create an environment wherein, as people get older and have no way to pay the devastating cost of medical care, they are doomed to die unnecessarily early because of it? The time we can spend alive is the most valuable commodidty in the universe. It follows that the time spent enriching the society with our labor is the greatest sacrifice. So, if a CEO of a corporation spends eight hours a day working for the corporation that makes money for stock holders and their workers and provides useful or desired stuff for the collective, doesn't that entitle them to get more per hour than a mail room employeee? Yes, based on quality of effort it definately does. The question is, how much per hour is fair. The time spent or sacrifice is equal. Somewhere between the extremes there is fairness.
When it means that the life of a working stiff is not worth as much as the CEO, then we have the effect of greed that condems the worker to very likely die early as well as live a meager life while they last. As I understand it, that is not Americanism.
What is lost in the argument is the civilized approach. That is reasonable limitations. Many find it as from God to our ears that the CEO can claim that the "sky is the limit" as to how much wealth he/she can accumulate for an hour of service while the worker must be limited. Where the hell is the civilized and fair approach in that? The notion of limitation should apply to all.
In order to have a civilized harmonious society common sense has to be employed in our discourse and decision making as opposed to the notion that some can take all they can manage to get by whatever means.
As things are headed, we arrive at a situation wherein most people will owe everything and own nothing.
Please, let's be civilized.