And how are the political elites faring in our present age of self-indulgence?
I'm struck by the fact our president, Barack Obama, is currently in Europe accompanied by an official entourage of 900 while his wife is touring China with her own entourage of 70. Both are traveling at the expense of a nation that has an official recorded debt of $17 trillion dollars and continues to increase.
And don't even get me started on last month's official White House photo touting the lifestyles of Obama dogs Sunny and Bo.
|White House photo via @FLOTUS on Twitter