“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
The fallacy of your logic is that if those CEO's were not getting all that money, then the guys at the lowest level would be getting it. That simply does not hold up in how the economy works. While there is corruption in all segments of society, including corporate America, the vast majority of those CEOs making those enormous salaries are doing so because they are helping those corporations to prosper. And a huge bunch of them are prospering overseas rather than here in America because our government is making it increasingly difficult to prosper here.
Instead of worrying about what isn't trickling down, we should focus on helping the guys at the bottom prosper by providing more incentive for them to have opportunity, options, good paying jobs. Then the economy begins bubbling up from the bottom--the tide begins to rise and all boats are lifted again. We have a government who doesn't understand that. Who puts more and more requirements, regulation, and restrictions on the private sector making opportunity more scarce for more people. A higher minimum wage in this economy is just one more nail in the coffin the government has been building for the private sector.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
The can understand if LeBron James makes a lot of money, or Miley Cyrus, or David Letterman, or Madonna, but their mind can't wrap around the idea that CEO's often have sought after talents as well, and can therefore command a higher price for them. They think it's just some guy at a desk shuffling papers and should get paid the same as someone in the office cubicle. I doubt even Oprah would go for that.
The people you're talking about, starting businesses, those are the working class. They're in the same pool as everyone else. That's not rich on the level that pulls the 32k to 225k. They shouldn't be facing the risk they do, but deregulation (primarily by Republicans) has allowed a few big corporations to enact colluding monopolies in many many industries. There is no room for small startup businesses.
There is nothing that a person can possibly do to deserve that much more reward than everyone else.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.