By BJ Bjornson
I think I may have stumbled upon the reason the whole Occupy movement has grown into something of an international phenomenon.
Silvio Berlusconi, gave nearly three million euros in cash as gifts to his female admirers, and spent an additional 337,000 euros on jewelry that he gave to them, bank records showed, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The documents, which were obtained by La Republica, showed that between January 2007 and June 2008, the Italian prime minister, a billionaire, paid out 17 million euros to his friends, and associates. These included political allies, personal staff, and his brother, who is the editor of Il Giornale, a right wing Italian newspaper.
It�s good to be on the top, or close to the guy who is. The news for ordinary Italians, on the other hand, doesn�t appear to be quite so rosy.
The news comes on the tail of Belusconi's hastily prepared reform package to European leaders in Brussels. The package is expected to hit ordinary Italians hardest, but will also make it easier for employees in Italy to be fired. The retirement age will be raised from 65 to 67.
I can�t imagine why anyone would be angry at something like that, can you?