All this flaunting of wealth by someone who was supposed to be the best hope for the great unwashed French masses has forced his party to acknowledge the disconnect. Benoit Hamon, the Socialist Party's spokesman, says that he understands that "this could shock millions of French."
Color me personally unshocked, Benoit. Strauss-Kahn, or "DSK," is a longtime French civil servant. Climbing to the pinnacle of public service and politics is how the left gets rich -- and it's really the only way they can do so, aside from marrying rich or inheriting wealth, because their business model doesn't allow for much else without delving into capitalist activities. Even the universally recognized symbol of extreme leftism, Che Guevara, was a product of Argentine high society and invested in a yacht company before setting out to lead the peasants in revolution against capitalism.
DSK has been mayor, parliamentarian and minister, and then collected a $500,000 yearly salary as head of the IMF. Whenever I see a wealthy self-described socialist, it's a pretty sure bet that, like DSK, they fell into a giant pile of someone else's cash at some point. Redistribution of wealth primarily toward themselves is how socialists roll: What's Jacques Taxpayer's is mine. What's wifey's is mine. What enters my hotel room is (allegedly) mine.
A French BFM TV reporter broadcasting live recently from DSK's new apartment held up two NYC newspaper covers expressing shock at his monthly living costs, explaining to French viewers that although Americans have less of a complex about money than the French, they're still raising eyebrows at the lavish spending. That's because his new spread is theoretically supposed to substitute for a jail cell. Not many people charged with sexual assault end up landing a massive new pad within a week of release -- let alone someone who was supposed to represent the great hope for the so-called people's party back home. It's hard not to marvel at the tone deafness of it all.