Instant view: Whatever Strauss-Kahn did to his maid he should not be running the IMF

A $3,000 hotel room? What's alleged he did to his maid is certain he did to us taxpayers.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Daniel J. Mitchell
On 16 May 2011 07:21

Let’s start with a giant disclaimer that the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is accused of forcibly sodomizing a hotel maid and we have no idea whether it’s true.

There are even rumors that this is a plot hatched by Nicolas Sarkozy to cripple a potential rival in advance of next year’s French presidential election.

I suppose I could make a comment here about the arrogance of the political class and their view that they’re above the law.

But I’m such a fiscal policy dork that I’m especially outraged by the fact that Mr. Strauss-Kahn gets a gigantic tax-free salary. And then, to add insult to injury, he was staying in a hotel room that costs $3,000 per night!

I rapped Congressman Ron Paul across the knuckles for his disapproval of the Osama bin Laden raid, but I give him kudos for drawing the right conclusion about this sordid story.

Here are some excerpts from a Fox News report.

"The 2008 Republican presidential candidate told “Fox News Sunday” that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was pulled off an Air France flight moments before take-off from New York Saturday and arrested on charges of a criminal sex act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, said the whole course of events “is a bit ironic.” Paul, who makes no secret about his disgust of IMF policies, said Strauss-Kahn demonstrates why the Fund has problems. “These are the kind of people that are running the IMF and we want to turn the world finances and the control of the money supply to them,” Paul said. “That should awaken everybody to the fact that they ought to look into the IMF and find out why we shouldn’t be sacrificing more sovereignty to an organization like that and an individual like he was.”

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, the free-market, Washington D.C. think tank. This piece is cross-posted on his blog.

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