Rafael BR, As you say, the topic you wish to continue is an old one, although with a somewhat different twist; Brazil vs New Zealand vs those countries like Russia, India, and China whose GDP growth has passed over those "developed" countries we know as the US, Japan, and Europe.
It's now a whole new ball game because of the world economic crisis that impacts everybody. This will of necessity slow down the gap between the CEOs salaries vs those working for the companies they head. The "share the pain" monopoly monies that many governments are now printing to bail out their banks, financial companies, and over-grown businesses will be the achilles heel that will extend the pain for a much longer period and much deeper than most are now suffering. Governments are the last ones who understands the macro and micro economics of their actions, and we've already seen how sloppy they were by giving money away with so many zeroes behind it that they have no idea the damage they have done to capitalism. That was "free" money without any conditions or strings attached; no accountability needed; just go out and spend that money.
After AIG spent $150,000 on a party after they received the first batch of $85 billion, the people were shocked at the abuse of taxpayer money. After a couple of months, our government has now committed some 7.2 trillion dollars in guarantees and monies to prop up our economy.
All with monopoly money, because there's nothing to back up those "printed" US currency.
They're not even backed by bonds.
Who would want to buy, when what bond holdings they already own are depreciating in value every day. Those bond certificates will be worth wall paper material in no time.
Not to worry; salaries and wages will drop to more competitive rates across the board, and CEO pay and benefits will be "controlled" by stock owners and our government. Those stock options are going to become slashed for most directors and officers of companies; the same free-wheeling and dealing will not tolerated.
When governments should be cutting cost by laying off workers, they're adding staff and expense - even while tax revenues continue to disappear.
It's gonna be a very long struggle for many on this planet.