Like many, if not all, arguments of the left it is based in idealism and not reality. What people want, versus what the labor market can possibly mathematically deliver. Hope and not reality.
Because of this, their arguments are founded on weak clay foundations, and it doesn't take much research or empiricism to prove them wrong. So after (literally) 5 minutes of research I was able to pull some quick statistics and facts, do a little bit of 3rd grade math and debunk this leftist pipe-dream of an argument that has been around for decades.
Once again, I'm going to go with the most
corporation that ever existed - Exxon Mobil.
Executive compensation, which is now required to be filed in the 10K/annual report to the SEC, can more easily be found on Morningstar which does a nice job of presenting it annually.
As you note, those evil, mean (and no doubt) 100% white male corporate executives at Exxon Mobil make on average $85 million annually in compensation.
Now, what if we were to take all of it and spread it fairly across all the "real" employees at Exxon Mobil? How much would it help those poor, disadvantaged near-slaves that are being taken advantage of by these evil executives?
Well a little google searching will find that Exxon Mobil employs 75,000 employees. You do a little 3rd grade math and you come to find out that if we stuck it to those evil, greedy (and don't forget White Male) capitalist pigs, each and EVERY employee would get a raise of (drum roll please!!!!)....
Giggity freaking giggity.
Now, let's do something I like to do to save time and advance the conversation along - predict the knee-jerk counterarguments from the left.
Did you include stock options? - Yes, the SEC considers stock options, grants, and other forms of non-cash compensation in it's calculations.
Well, that's just Exxon Mobil. It's probably worse at other companies! - Then you do something for the first time and research something rather than blather.
Still! That's better than nothing!!!! - Oh shut up.
The whole point is that this myth of if we "just took executive compensation and spread it across the employees, then everybody would have higher standards of living" is precisely that - a myth. The MATHEMATICAL REALITY IS that there just aren't enough executives out there. Yes, they make a lot of money, but given the ratio of employees to executives, it's too high to make this dream reality. Worse still for the left, this says nothing about their ultimate goal - taking executive compensation and giving it to EVERYBODY - employees, poor people welfare recipient, students, single mothers, etc. etc. If you included the millions of dependent parasitic classes, confiscating ALL of Exxon Mobil's executives' compensation would result in an increase of just PENNIES to the average democrat voter.
The truth is that relying on other people and pursuing a life of parasitism will NEVER get you to the standards of living you want. And wasting your life lobbying, debating, and arguing for other people's money is precious time that could be otherwise spent improving yourself, your skills and your own lot in life, much more so than waiting for the democrat party to eek out an added tax "on the rich."
So argue all you want.
Protest all you want.
Whine all you want.
Stammer your feet and pout.
Even if you got everything you wanted, your life would still suck because (and here's the sad truth) you suck.
So stop sucking at life and do something with it instead of sticking your hand out.