So... you think your elected representatives are bad? Be glad you don't live in Italy.
Citizens of the famed peninsula are fuming over the perks offered to local politicians. Give-aways include, free lunches, parking, expense accounts and now funerals!
That's right, when a local rappresentante kicks the bucket... his constituents foot the bill.
Legislation passed under cover of darkness gave pols the right to a free (up to $10,000) funeral. According to a recent Reuters report, Veneto council president, Marino Finozzi said, "it's not true we approved it at night because we were ashamed. It just happened to be late."
Despite Finozzi's best lavoro di rotazione (a.k.a. "spin job") the public outcry has been fierce.
So there you have it. Us proles can muddle along, coughing up 40% of our hard-earned income until we croak. Then the government takes its 50% death tax on any estate over $2,000,000.
If you want to get a laugh out of your accountant... ask her if your funeral costs are "deductible." Meanwhile, some pols like these Italian "councilors" get a free pass to eternity thanks to the undying, mandatory support of a burgled public.