America, and also much of the rest of the world (not just America) reminds me of a family I met who traveled in a big RV. The wife couldn't open a can without the husband having to start up the generator as the can opener was electric.
We are burdened by high paid executives, yes.
Also expensive real estate creating a high cost of living.
Then there's health care costs.
Not only inefficient health care financing, but poor health in the population.
People working so hard to pay the cost of housing that they don't have time to live healthy. Working so hard to pay the cost of health insurance that they can't afford to be healthy. Can't afford the time.
Throw in long commutes also. No time for dance, exercise, in depth conversation or even a good night's sleep.
Not enough people ride bikes.
Much of the development is too spread out.
On top of this you toss in two wars so people can get to work (oil). More military spending than all other nations combined (from what I hear).
We have security worries gumming up the works, bureaucracy, law suites and more lawyers per capita than other nations. Fear of new technology. Fear of new ways for doing things.
We have more drive up coffee places. Hurry up and wait.
There's got to be better ways to function.
Some people would call me an elitist for criticizing the way people live and do business.