Do all socialists have this much money?

One has to wonder where socialists get all their money and why doesn’t everyone have as much wealth as this guy in all socialists societies? [/sarcasm]

Mr Strauss-Kahn secured his release from Rikers Island prison as it was announced a grand jury had voted to have him prosecuted for the alleged sexual attack of a 32-year-old maid in his hotel room.

In a hearing at New York supreme court, Judge Michael Obus said he would allow the 62-year-old former head of the IMF out of jail despite the fact there was a “serious risk” he would try to flee.

He warned Mr Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested at JFK airport on a flight about to take off for Paris, that the consequences would be serious “if there is the slightest problem with your compliance”.

He must move into an apartment in Manhattan rented by his wife, and “will be monitored 24 hours, seven days a week, electronically and by at least one armed guard”, the judge said.

He will pay $1 million (£600,000) upfront, provide a guarantee for a further $5 million (£3 million), and cover the expense of his own security, which was estimated at $200,000 (£120,000) a week and include an armed guard at all times.

5 thoughts on “Do all socialists have this much money?

  1. For $1mil up front + $200K per week, I’d consider a short prison stay to bolster my retirement fund.

  2. Money is never a problem for these guys. After all, it’s not as if it’s coming out of THEIR personal pocket(s). Personally, I’m wondering how much of the 17% of the IMF costs paid by the US will be side tracked to the cost of this guy’s upkeep.

  3. I was watching a travel show in PBS where the host visited one of those “socialist” countries. I don’t remember the country, but it provided free health care, college education and a bunch of other things to citizens. In return, they pay about 50% of their income in taxes.

    The host said something about how Americans probably wouldn’t like that because they prefer their freedom to paying higher taxes. The person he was talking to (citizen of this country) said that she felt they were more free than us because they didn’t have to worry about paying for the basics and could instead concentrate on spending their money on things they really want: starting businesses, buying toys, etc.

  4. Well, that is a pretty damning condemnation of that country’s college education system if the woman the host was talking to did not know the definitions of either “free” or “freedom”. Thanks for pointing that out!

  5. It’s a bit ironic, Ubu52, that you’re quoting a travel show on a socialist network that explains how socialism is such a wonderful thing. No reason at all to be biased, right? After all, they receive tax dollars, so they can be as neutral as they would like!

    I, for one, would like the freedom to choose *any* health care and insurance I would like, and to purchase that health care or insurance from anyone willing to offer it to me. If you had your way, you would put me in jail if I chose to have health care from someone other than Government–and even if you would condescend to give me the choice in health care, I would still be forced to pay for the government system, even if I despised it!

    Before you say, “No, I wouldn’t do all that”, please remember that we have already done this with schools: if I dislike the way schools are teaching children, I have to get special permission from the State to take them out of the schools, so that I could put them in private school, or teach them myself. Even then, I still have to pay for a system I wouldn’t trust to educate my own children.

    Give me the worry of providing for myself and my family any day, over the convenience of having government provide these things for me. I should have the freedom to choose the best that my circumstances will allow; others should have the freedom to provide the best that their circumstances will allow–and they will certainly do better than what our Government has done with Social Security, Veterans’ Health, Medicare, and Medicaid!

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