@devilskitchen the public decides who is 'deserving'. If you actually do some reading at the link I posted, you'll see a full report on it
The "public" decides, does it? And what do "the public" know of individual cases? What do "the public" know about what work it takes to do a job?
And how shall "the public" decide—through referenda, or lynch mobs? Will these be held at regular intervals? This year, for instance, "the public" might decide that the bankers should be absolutely crushed with taxes: two years ago, "the public" might have decided that Gordon's praise for the bankers was entirely sincere and voted barely to tax them at all.
How, pray, shall "the public" decide on what CEOs should be paid? Will this pay differ depending on whether "the public" like—or even understand—the product that the CEO's company makes?
The mind boggles, it really does.
In the meantime, this is how a sensible debate on class might be conducted...