I could think of many more apt and provocative headlines, like…What a foolish waste of money, but that would be too long and, perhaps, not harsh enough.
In this day and age, it makes no sense for a country suffering from economic crises (or even one not suffering, for that matter) to spend $50 million (surely a fictitious amount, but it could be higher) on the visit of a fairy tale figure, megalomaniac, and person of questionable sanity. Spain suffers from severe economic turmoil; youth unemployment is reported to be around 50%. The country has massive debts, with little relief in sight. Spain may not be as bad as Greece, but it could be close (people are good at hiding numbers). But, some idiots feel that it is necessary to waste money on an anachronism and outrage. The Catholic Church is even worse than the British royalty, who at least pay some taxes and exploit fewer gullible people.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.