Today is Primary Day in Minnesota, and the most interesting races are those where right wing conservatives are getting primaried by the even farther right wingers (GOPers Julianne Ortmann and Connie Doepke being primaried examples). So I checked in on Twitter this morning, and noticed a tweet by the guy to the far right (pun intended), State Senator Roger Chamberlain. Look real closely at his twitter picture, and especially his bio: Senior tax accountant at Ameriprise.
Let's look at a couple of his tweets, from this morning:
Seems right winger Chamberlain has a problem with the contract state employees just agreed to. Of course, to be fair, Chamberlain isn't the only GOPer taking shots at state workers; Pat Garofalo takes the 1% side too. Anyway, here's what Chamberlain says in the first tweet: Private sect unemployed,underemployed, pay freezes & cut
Well, that depends on which "private sector" one is referring to! For instance, how has the 1% done lately? Let's look!
Minnesota's top CEOs saw their pay rise 26% in 2011What was that last line, again?
Article by: JOHN J. OSLUND and PATRICK KENNEDY , Star Tribune Updated: July 30, 2012
After falling for two consecutive years and holding flat in 2010, median total pay for Minnesota's 100 highest-paid CEOs jumped by 26 percent in 2011 to $1.19 million, hitting seven digits for the first time since 2007.
Stock options and restricted stock tend to drive the headline-grabbing paydays of chief executives. But the Star Tribune's 2012 Executive Compensation Report also shows that CEOs had reasons to smile about their cash compensation -- salaries and bonuses. Seventy-one of the top 100 CEOs got a salary bump in 2011. The median raise: 4.6 percent.
Overall cash compensation -- salary plus bonus -- rose for the second consecutive year. Median cash compensation for the 100 highest-paid CEOs was up 8.5 percent to $768,749 -- the highest level since 2007.
Largest bonus: Ameriprise Financial CEO James Cracchiolo, $11 million. He's had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years.
Largest bonus: Ameriprise Financial CEO James Cracchiolo, $11 million. He's had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years.Yep - the CEO where Senator Chamberlain works.
Taking shots at state workers, while the head honcho where he works has "had the biggest bonus in our annual survey for the past three years" - that's GOPer State Senator Roger Chamberlain.
And it's today's example of why GOP now stands for Greed Over Principles.
Let me be very clear: Today's GOP is all about taking care of #1 -- and if you work for a living, #1 ain't you; it's the 1%. Period. End of story.