Tony Hayward, head of BP, is listed as making $4.54 Million a year. His ouster is inevitable, and from the look on his face, he knows it.

I’m trying to wrap my head around how much someone, who makes more than enough to retire after only a few months of his annual salary, really cares about what goes on, goes wrong, or doesn’t get fixed. He’s not long for the job, clearly, and his statement that the cleanup has “turned the corner,” if wrong, will only hasten his ouster.

One could argue that Hayward feels a sense of responsibility and is acting on it. Perhaps that is so, today. But my point is, if they were facing poverty, in addition to ignominy, would these highly paid executives allow risky activities of the sort that led to the Gulf oil leak, and would they perhaps have an even greater sense of urgency than they have now to address problems when they come up?


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