Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Price of Pride 

The price of showing off one's country through the Olympics can be stiff. Just ask Athens. One wonders why a country would spend the money for such an expensive public relations gesture. China may ask the same question once the Olympics are completed in Beijing, especially if the games do not come off to the satisfaction of the government.

The summer and winter Olympics are wonderful events, and I have enjoyed watching them, especially the opening ceremonies. On the other hand, they have long been out of control in terms of the money spent to prepare for the athletes and the games. Still, countries and cities line up for the privelege of spending billions to host the events. That is powerful PR. I just don't want to be the taxpayer left with the bill and empty stadiums.


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