Originally Posted by wyevale
The idea that republics are cheaper [or more egalitarian] is simply wrong. A look at what the Elysee palace costs the French, or the White House costs the Americans proves this. In addition there are the costs of regular presidential elections, and the pensions, office costs and security of numerous ex-presidents.
Every time this discussion comes up (or variations of it) this concept is mentioned and I'm left confused.
Yes, in democratic republics you have to pay for elections on a regular basis, but last I checked constitutional monarchies also have a system of elected representation that results in people paying for regular elections. The parliaments of a constitutional monarchy still have office costs, and I really doubt that there are no pensions or security costs for ex-Prime Ministers.