--President Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 (link)
On CNN, political commentator Sally Kohn highlights the irony of a gilded royal wedding, funded in part by public money, while "Britain has responded to tough economic times by resorting to fiscal austerity" that has put schools in a "fragile state."
Hmmm... who do you think is behind such austerity policies? Who controls the levers of government to force such policies? Whose wealth is protected by austerity? (Austerity, in the modern age at least, is the act of protecting the vast fortunes of the rich while cutting programs than benefit the middle-class and poor, e.g., schools, healthcare, and infrastructure.)
When the royal newlyweds and royal American celebrities return home from their crass affair, perhaps they should reflect on a recent observation by the Pope, about the state of the world: "At stake is the authentic well-being of a majority of the men and women of our planet who are at risk of being excluded and marginalized from development and true well-being while a minority, indifferent to the condition of the majority, exploits and reserves for itself substantial resources and wealth."
Dear Royals of the world: I don't want your poverty-prolonging charity... I want you taxed.