The American economy functions at its highest level when everyone is given an opportunity to succeed. For the last several decades, we have seen the effects of “trickle-down” economics, which has only served to make the very wealthy even wealthier and has excluded the majority of Americans. While CEO salaries soar to the hundreds of millions, the men and women who manufacture the products have seen their wages stagnate. A worker who puts in long hours and is loyal to his/her company should be allowed to reap the rewards for their hard work.