Should bank bosses work for $1 too?
It's difficult not to draw a comparison with banks, where the US bailout alone currently runs at $700bn and counting, but chief executives have not offered to work for free.
At Citigroup, which has received $45bn in bailout cash so far, chief exec Vikram Pandit is still expecting a salary and a bonus.
Has Detroit got the right idea? Is it time for a little more humility in banking pay?