Take a gander over here and read that article. Do that first. Read it twice.
So what did you come away with? Berlusconi is a sex maniac that gave away money to his interests at a time when the Italian government is in dire straights and Italians are being told they need to change things, right? Now whose money did he give away? My guess is that the way this is written it is implying that Berlusconi was wasting government money. The problem is they never say that outright. Berlusconi is a billionaire, and this money they say he gave away is peanuts in the grand scheme of things, especially if he was using his OWN money. And the scenario where the give away is of his own money is far more likely, since he would otherwise be facing criminal charges even in crazy Italy.
So, after a quick search of the Italian newspapers – with this English translation – one is left with the same impression: it was his money. There would be a criminal probe, not a scandal, otherwise.
The question begs to be asked why this story so agitates leftists in Italy and elsewhere. He isn’t using other people’s money, and he is actually doing stimulus. Is the problem that he is rich? Being wealthy has become a crime in the world. We are doomed.
Robert A. Heinlein – Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”