That $ billion for Olympics security would do a lot of research.
Yeah - and look, I have MS, my brother has MS, and I want everything done, and I donate to the research and I advocate for more people to do the same. But really EVERYTHING is more important than the Olympics:
Haiti, clean water for everyone, cancer research, education, heart and stroke research, urban poverty, pollution, global warming, loss of topsoil, better monitoring of asteroids that might wipe out the whole planet ...
So should we never have the Olympics again? "Shall there be no more cakes and ale because thou are virtuous?" (I think that's what Falstaff said.)
The reason there isn't the money we want being spent on MS research (in the way we want) has nothing to do with the Olympics, or even tax cuts, or anything else. It's because we (or our representatives) don't think those specific things are important enough. Recession or not, in the Western world we live in very rich societies. There would be money for the Olympics AND more MS research or any other good cause you can think of
if more people wanted it.
Without that political will or understanding, the money still wouldn't be there even if nothing was spent on the Olympics, or on cleaning the streets, or any other budget line.