In response to my Julius Caesar post, one commentor suggested that W studied history rather than literature. I find this dubious because he seems doomed to repeat so many of history's failures. Perhaps he should have studied F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel on the theme of American excess, The Great Gatsby.
I, at least, find a strong resemblance between the two ultra-rich characters, Tom and Daisy, and the ultra-rich Bush.
Fitzgerald writes of Tom and Daisy:
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”