Obama pushes wage controls

Here’s the week’s scariest story that doesn’t mention Iran.  President Obama wants the government to control executive pay, and not just at firms accepting bailout money, and not even just at financial firms:

The Obama administration will call for increased oversight of executive pay at all banks, Wall Street firms and possibly other companies as part of a sweeping plan to overhaul financial regulation, government officials said. . .

The administration has been considering increased oversight of executive pay for some time, but the issue was heightened in recent days as public fury over bonuses spilled into the regulatory effort. . .

One proposal could impose greater requirements on company boards to tie executive compensation more closely to corporate performance and to take other steps to ensure that compensation was aligned with the financial interest of the company.

The new rules will cover all financial institutions, including those not now covered by any pay rules because they are not receiving federal bailout money. Officials say the rules could also be applied more broadly to publicly traded companies.

(Via the Corner.)

Can anyone deny that President Obama is a socialist with a straight face any more?

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