They said that, if you paid peanuts, you would get monkeys.
So, they gave large increases and bonuses to those at the top.
As a result, they got greedy pigs, who lined their own pockets and messed up the economy.
Thus, they repeated an age-old lesson: Monkeys are always better governors than Greedy Pigs. Monkeys tend to serve the public good, whereas Greedy Pigs tend to serve themselves.