Corporations, through their well funded public relations machines and conservative political ties have placed the blame for all America's economic ills on unions, and liberal economic policies. i.e. whenever we hear about the economic downfall of Detroit, all we hear is the UAW and those unfeeling assembly line workers. The same holds for America's manufacturing base, which is a tiny fraction of what it was. While it's true that some union workers pay has gone too far, no one seems to want to talk about the skyrocketing rates of executive compensation. In the last few decades. CEO's, CFO's, Presidents, and Vice Presidents' pay and benefits have reached the hights of corporate royalty. Little is also mentioned of the fringe benefits for corporate royalty such as lavish corporate retreats in places like the south of France, Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, St. Thomas etc. as well as golden parachutes, bonus's, corporate jets, and the list goes on and on. Executive compensation is sucking the life out of earnings, and those at the bottom always shoulder the blame, and the bulk of firings, and layoff's when this happens.