Confronting critics of the Bush administration's economic record, Treasury
Secretary John Snow said the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans
reflects a labor market efficiently rewarding more productive people . . . Mr.
Snow said the same phenominon explains why compensation for corporate chief
executives has climbed so sharply.
"In an aggregate sense, it reflects the marginal productivity of CEOs.
Do I trust the market for CEOs to work efficiently? Yes. Until we can find
a better way to compensate CEOs, I'm going to trust the marketplace."
Wall Street Journal
Snow Defends President's Handling of Economy
March 20, 2006
Before coming to Treasury [in February 2003] Snow was Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of CSX Corporation, where he successfully guided the global
transportation company through a period of tremendous change.
Official Biography of John Snow
Price change, 10 years ending Jan. 2003
CSX common stock: -3.89%
S&P 500 Index: 92.49%
Earnings per share growth, 10 years ending Jan. 2003
S&P 500 Index: 33.43%
Revenue growth, 10 years ending Jan. 2003
S&P 500 Index: 43.12%
Cumulative return, 10 years ending Dec. 2002
Dow Transportation Average: 62.7%
S&P 500 Index: 144.3%
Total compensation paid to John Snow by CSX shareholders, 10 years ending Dec.
Total compensation paid to John Snow by CSX shareholders, including the then-present
value of his stock option awards:
And he's not done. As the company's most recent proxy reads:
"Mr. Snow will be provided with certain employee benefits and perquisites
including office space and secretarial support, maintenance of country
club memberships, executive physicals, discounts at The Greenbrier, and use
of private aircraft for the remainder of his life."
December 10, 2002
If had the scummy old bastard's track record, I guess I'd trust the