Yesterday, our financial ministers throughout the world decided to forgive the heavily indebted nations of Africa about 40 billion dollars owed to us rich countries.
That is the fair, compassionate thing to do, and besides; they weren't going to pay us back the money anyway. So why not look good to the world, have a little mercy on this poor, pitiful continent and let them have some breathing space. Allow them to make a fresh start and get from under.
Just when the United States is tightening up on bankruptcy law for us poor ones here, we loosen up on Africa and allow them to commit mass bankruptcy.
But why not? What were we going to do? Repossess their...all of the...Look; they don't have anything that we want other than the capacity to make us feel collectively really good about ourselves. So we give them a pass on the 40 bill that they've conned us out of over the last 45 years or so, since most of these nations cast off the yoke of colonialism. Say...that's a thought. Let's just call it reparations for the few hundred years of imperialism forced upon these people.
I just ask for two little things. Keep the money, but would you mind telling us what you did with the 40 billion? We have plenty more, and it's not a big problem, but tell the truth now. It was your liberators/dictators who squandered all that cool cash on milk baths, encrusted trinkets, nice houses and such. Would I be right about that? Oh...and is there any loose change that you guys peeled off from this here deal over the years sitting in Swiss bank accounts? If you saw the movie "Bugsy" you'll understand.
And just one other thing. Promise that any money that you "borrow" from us...starting now...will be paid back. Make that a solemn promise. Or we may have to take real action next time.
Like call a lawyer.