The writer, a Los Angeles freelancer and former Detroit News business reporter, blogs at Starkman Approved. This column is republished from there with permission. If I were an electric vehicle dilettante responsible for failure after failure, I’d be cowered in my corner office hoping no one would notice that I wasn’t very good at my job. The last thing I’d do would be to talk smack about someone who was kicking my sorry behind. Therein is why GM CEO Mary Barra was showered with more than $29 million in compensation last year, a giant multiple of my lifetime’s net worth.