Branstad makes more money than you do, or ever will.
He also has more influence over more people than you do, or ever will.
But how much control does he really have over his own life?
You think you are smarter than he is? You know more about tech. He knows more about how to obtain power and utilize it for his own benefit.
Perhaps. Whether he's really benefitting himself is matter for debate, but I'll grant you the rest.
For this, he gets access to security,
I don't have to worry about some loony with a rifle coming to visit my house nearly as much as he does, either. There's this thing about standing out that tends to draw attention from crazies...
I can't eat crab or lobster, red wine gives me a headache, and a ceramic toilet seat works just as well as a gold-plated one.
"My life is better because I've better drugs"? Uh, what?
Even so--Nobody's stopping me from smoking this joint I've got in my hand. And even if I get busted, I doubt it'll make the local paper.
and women that are forever beyond your reach.
I have one woman who I am pretty sure is forever beyond his reach--or anyone else's.
His kids will have a better education than your kids, and will likely live lives that are far more opulent than those of your kids.
They will likely receive a more expensive education and be brought up in more opulent surroundings. Neither of which has much bearing on how well they'll be brought up by a man who maybe can't teach them anything other than, "Just tell people what they want to hear."
You think you are smarter than he is? You are missing the big picture.
And you're missing out on a myriad of details, wherein, 'tis said, dwells the Devil.
Keep reading those technical manuals. Maybe you will be the next Bill Gates. But probably not.
Good. I don't need a billion bucks to be happy, and I've no wish to have on my conscience some of the things he does.