http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080615/ap_on_bi_ge/ap_executive_compensation "The AP review of compensation for the heads of companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index finds the median pay package added up to nearly $8.4 million. That's a comfortable gain of about $280,000 from 2006." So the deal is this: If the company does well during a booming economy, we take the credit and get nice booming raises from the increased business. And if the company does lousy during economic bust times, we get nice booming raises from the shareholders pockets. Why pay for the B.O.D.'s at all - just put bobble-heads in the chairs - same thing.