J.R., I didn't read what you said prior to the response you've received, but I'm not sure why you think Jefferson's expensive taste is politically significant or relevant. His personal expenses is personal and not political, so we should leave it there. I think it's actually endearing how he loved the finer things in life, especially the cultivated life. You are right that he died with massive debt, but so what. If you are a progressive you should be a defender of Jefferson, the great liberal and founder of the Democratic Party.