Memo to the CEO'S
You are worried about the consumer. The consumer is all important. The consumer is what makes the economy go. Let me point out one little thing you forgot about the Consumer.
THE CONSUMER IS THE EMPLOYEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For all companies that are now making 4000% more than your bottom rung employee's to mid rung employees. Do some restructuring and make it 3000% more and spread the rest to the bottom first and then mid level employee next. You will make it up in the end. If you are feeling really generous then how about 2000% more. After all it was not that long ago that it used to be 40% more than your lowest rung employee. The more pressure you put on your employee the consumer the more pressure we end up putting you under by not spending as much. This market would take off and you could then hire more employee's/ consumer and you will make more. Keep trying wring out the last once of profit from the employee/consumer we are learning well from you. If we like it but don't need it. We do without just like you do. IF we can't get it on sale we don't buy it. You are teaching us well. If the Company does not give us the best deal at the lowest price we will go else where. Co. name brand means nothing anymore because as you wring out the last little bit from us we will wring it out from you or do without. Remember that there are many more of us than you. And yet you the Corporation owner are also the consumer and you will also try to get the best deal you can get for your money. Now about gold. I love gold. A suit that cost 1 oz of gold back in 1980 still in 2010 one oz of gold. The cost remains the same for me as the cost of gold and suits change. The oz. stays the same for the purchase. So for now I will keep buying gold and silver. :-)