Re: What I have a problem with...
I agree with a good portion of your post.
With regard to management compensation, as someone who owns stocks i get to vote at the yearly shareholder meetings for all the companies i hold stock. The pay package that some of the senior execs get is obscene. It is scary to see an exec who gets a base salary in the millions needing short and long term "incentive awards". I really don't get that. The compensation commitee's call those "pay for performance" programs. Well if you are making a 7 figure or even high six figure salary, you should not need incentives to work.
If you think about the tens, hundreds of millions and in some cases billions of dollars being paid to executives in just these incentives alone, how many people could they rehire so the existing staff isn't doing the work of 4 people and not foregoing vacations to get their jobs done? It's sickening. On top of these incentive awards are enhanced benefits, perks like corporate jet/limo use, security, a pension. Think about it, a CEO making 8 or 9 figures for let's say 10 years needs a pension? This person hasn't planned his retirement (with the free financial planning perk) to ensure a comfortable retirement? The rest of us are forced to do this without pensions and without that sophistacted planning.
With regards to unions. Too many of them allow substandard workers to perform substandard work. Members get benefits which are so expensive that they endanger the government or company that administers them. I am all for job security, but not at the expense of inefficiency and financial ruin. And union bosses for many of the biggest unions out there get pay and perks that, while not 8 and 9 figures, certainly are far above the level of the folks they represent.