I think “obscene” best describes Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein receiving a record $53.4 million bonus for one year.
I have nothing against Goldman Sachs or Mr. Blankfein. I just have reached my breaking point with the salaries we now pay to corporate executives, athletes and movie/music stars.
For the money Mr. Blankfein is being paid this year, the poor of Kansas City could be fed for more than 1,000 years, and the working people of our area could receive high-quality medical care and education for decades. We also might find a way to overcome the blight of HIV/AIDS.
What is wrong here?
Corporate America, beware. Sooner or later, shareholders and clients are going to rise up and reject you so obscenely rewarding people who already have so much with even more, while at the same time you fight against livable wages for all your workers, as well as health care, quality education and an equal chance for all to reach for the American dream.
More important, ask yourselves this question: Would the God who created us all approve of what we are doing here? I think not.
Deacon Allen Ohlstein
Director, Episcopal Anti-Hunger Network/Kansas City Community Kitchen