Helen Klark never really had a productive job in her life. Nevertheless, I read somewhere that before making it into Parliament, as a fervid young socialist, she had managed a trip from NZ to Europe for almost every year of her life. All funded by someone else’s money.
Whilst serving as PM, it was made public that she owned something like 5 or 6 houses , and on finally being dismissed, she resigned from parliament with a huge perks package and superannuation, and then went on to a spot with the United Nations with probably an even greater salary and greater perks package and greater superannuation, and still all funded by other people’s money.
Leaving aside the fact that Klark was alleged to have bought her position with the UN by donating millions of (taxpayer) dollars more than any other NZ PM to that despicable corrupt, criminal and dysfunctional organisation.
Barack Obama has become extremely wealthy by means that have never been explained. Al Gore these days, is rolling in it.
“I am a socialist, because it stands for equality” said Tony Blair in his maiden speech to parliament. Blair became rich beyond his wildest dreams during his political career and after, with his worth today estimated at around sixty million British pounds. All underpinned by tax minimization schemes dreamed up by high ticket accountancy firms of course.
These are the people who constantly carp about such things as the “growing gap between the rich and the poor”.
China is considered today to be the jewel in the crown of the socialist tribe. There are reports that the problem of senior communist party officials enriching themselves in the style of Clark, Gore, Obama and Blair (who are really just the tip of the iceberg) is widespread. The Chinese public are especially irritated by ostentatious displays of wealth by party officials flaunting their “ownership” of luxury vehicles.
A chocolate-colored Bentley worth $560,000 is cruising the streets of Beijing with license plates indicating it is registered to Zhongnanhai, the Communist Party headquarters. The armed police, who handle riots and crowd control, have the same model of Bentley in blue.
The Chinese army has a black Maserati that sells in China for $330,000. There are more than 100,000 Audi A6s in China, about 20% of them owned by the government. Each car costs $50,000 to $100,000, depending on engine size.
The Chinese government doesn’t release figures, but automobile industry analysts here say that spending for cars tops $15 billion annually, while some scholars believe the figure is many times that amount.
Even at more conservative estimates, the figure is greater than that allocated for low-income housing or for scientific research and development.
The high spending on cars, said Ren Jianmin, a professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, is the result of a system set up by the Communist Party in the 1940s to allocate perks to ranking members.
Socialism is a stinking corrupt system of government and it is amazing to me that it has existed for as long as it has, and that the “poor” people are (in so called democratic countries) still prepared to be looted and ruled by an oligarchy of over educated cronyists and shysters. Who are now mostly responsible for an impending economic collapse that will bring real poverty to billions worldwide.
The irony is that all through these coming hard times it will be the bankers and capitalists who the left will attempt to blame, while they blindly ignore the looting and self enrichment of their elitist leaders. The reality is that if you scratch the surface of almost any of the most “committed” socialists, you’ll find a self obsessed self promoter driven by inbuilt psychotic obsessions relating to their own ego.
A self confessed concern with “improving the lot of the poor” is, with most on the left, just a smokescreen for narcissism and self indulgence.