## Sunday, October 9, 2011

### Fun With Math

Hey kids, wanna see something fun! Pull out your calculators, get a #2 pencil and a sheet of paper and use the graph on the blackboard here:

Now for the problem: In the lowest paid non-agricultural field of work, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, is the "Leisure and Hospitality" industry. The average weekly worker pay there in September 2011 was \$343.95 dollars. Using the table above, what is the average weekly pay for a CEO in the Leisure and Hospitality industry?

If you said
\$163,376.25 a week, you get an A+ and a feeling of seething anger at the inequality (assuming you're not a deluded conservative). But, okay, let's say that is a worst case scenario. Let me switch charts:

From AFL-CIO:

Now, let's try this problem using the same \$343.95 dollar base, shall we? If your second answer is \$117,974.85 a week for the CEO, you get another A+, a gold star and a handful of Goldfish crackers that you're probably too poor to afford.

#### 1 comment:

1. I remember hearing somewhere that there is actually a law in Japan preventing any worker in a company from being paid more than 15 times what the lowest-paid workers in that company earn. If that's true, perhaps it's time for such a law to reach the United States? After all, if the law includes a ratio like that, we wouldn't have to adjust it for inflation.

It would force CEOs to not get too greedy. You want that million-dollar bonus? Well, better increase ALL your workers' salary this year by about \$67,000, then! What's that? You can't afford to do that or your company will go bankrupt? Well, guess you'll have to do without that second yacht, won't you?