Take the money and run

One of the effects of the economic crisis is the number of cases of political corruption and pilfering that have come to light since the good times stopped rolling about 5 years ago. My theory on the whole thing is that when times were good, many people knew in the back of their minds that their leaders were stashing cash in every tax-free corner of the earth but as long as some of that trickled down, most were willing to give “la vista gorda”. As we say in English, to turn a blind eye. Now that the taps are running dry, we have an image like this one. But is this plump runner one of the upper castes taking the last of his cash out of the country and making a dash for greener pastures? Or is he one who turned a big fat blind eye, taking off with the last of his trickle-down before the real storm comes?