Outrage over bailed out executives taking home large bonuses and financing expensive trips all on the taxpayer's dime seems more than reasonable. And I can only imagine how angry those who lost their life savings to Bernard Madoff must be at the fact that the alleged swindler is still living in luxury on Park Avenue. But another set of rich people, who have arguably done nothing wrong, are gaining the public's wrath. The latest target — wealthy politicians.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni have come under fire in France for taking a luxurious vacation in Mexico.
After news leaked that the first couple was staying in a luxurious one-bedroom villa, the French became outraged. Overall the two-day stay, including security and staff, cost $100,000. No one's quite sure who footed the bill, but the president's staff says it wasn't the government. Still, many are offended by the extravagance in the face of rising unemployment and hardship.
We all remember how John McCain's failure to remember how many homes he owned bankrupted his campaign. In a democracy, should well-off leaders live within their own means, or within the means of the struggling public?