Whether liberals like it or not, the Bob Nardellis and the Dick Grassos are the Ray Romanos of the corporate world. These men and women are business stars, well-respected and accomplished captains of industry. And just because loony liberals like Barney Frank attempt to exploit the resentment that many hard-working American stiffs have for the super-rich, that doesn’t make it a legitimate problem.
Class envy and jealousy are feelings we all experience at some time or another. I’ve heard it during my radio career for years now. Almost every radio manager I’ve ever worked for gets all upset if a radio host makes any reference to having achieved any financial success. “Be careful not to sound like Rush Limbaugh”, I’ve been told. “You don’t want people to think you’re out of touch with the common man”, they’ve said. Right. Rush Limbaugh’s financial success has really ruined his radio career, eh? All that flying around on his private jet has definitely torpedoed his career.
No, Americans love a success story. It’s called the American dream. Whether it’s a guy like Rush who started out spinning records or working promotions for a baseball team who makes it to the top of the broadcasting industry or a guy like Bob Nardelli who makes it to the top of the largest home improvement company in the world, good people appreciate their success. In fact, we cheer for them. But bitter, angry, liberal Democrats like Barney Frank and Elliot Spitzer want to tear them down.
It’s time we start recognizing that people “deserve” what their employer elects to pay them. Even when those people aren’t famous TV or radio stars.