Bon voyage! US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, above, can be seen craning his neck to make out the muffled cries of “Help, help!” coming forth from the global marketplace. (Deficits, trade gaps, and subsidies may be awesome party favors, but no one wants their event dampened by a bunch of ne’er-do-well whiners in the back room, right?)
This week, Zoellick sets out to embark on a luxurious five-nation tour of Africa, in which he’ll visit Senegal, Benin, Mali, Namibia and Lesotho. In case you’re wondering, not one of these nations has been adversely affected by American trading stances or WTO antics. This is because the U.S. economy is ragingly successful right this moment, and we’re spreading that good cheer like it’s fucking democracy or something.
See you in Najaf, motherfuckers! It’s flat-tax time!
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