Iraq's New Elites

Joel Wing finds that Iraq's top politicians make about 200 times what the average Iraqi earns:

Iraq’s politicians have made themselves the new elite of the country. There are no laws that regulate the salaries of Iraq’s top politicians, and parliament gets to vote on their own pay and benefits. Almost all of the information is also kept secret from the public, and only comes out when something is leaked to the media. Given that environment it’s no wonder that Iraq’s political class lives in such luxury compared to the rest of the country. The lack of accountability and transparency allows them to give themselves a plush life out of the country’s sight, while many Iraqis struggle. 

And the leading candidate to run the country is now bragging of the need for a "strong man." Yes, young Americans died for this.