The Personal Journal of POTUS

November 16, 2008

The Last Hurrah

Filed under: Economy,Foreign Relations,Politics,Satire — fakepotus @ 11:50 pm
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think this picture of me at the G20 meeting says it all.  I am ready to go.  As you might expect, this summit was mostly about platitudes and nothing more than a feel good session.  The only reason that I even came along was because I had a few buddies who showed up like Hu, and Gordon.

I never liked all these funny organization, and the G20 is one of the prime example of having too chiefs and not enough Indians.  Now some of you might ask who is exactly in the G20.  Well, to be frank, I had to look it up myself, but it includes 19 countries and the European union is also represented as an independent entity.  The 19 countries include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and of course, the good ol’ USA.  The EU was an oddball entity, you’d expect that with four of the European countries represented, having the EU is like double dipping.  But some say that the EU is an independent entity… whatever, just an excuse for some bureaucrat to take expensive trips.

I remember it was just the G7, back then it was the seven industrialized nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, and US.  It kind of made sense for that partly because it was based a good deal on GDP, and of course political alliances.  Then we expanded the stupid thing to include the Russians so they wouldn’t feel excluded, so it became the G8.  Now, this thing feels more like a United Nations.  It’s just stupid.

Membership should’ve been based on individual contribution to the world economy, or may be based on average GDP or GNP of the last five years.  That way, things are done with less bickering and may be a bit more action.  The countries that would form this type of G7 today would be: US, Japan, Germany, China, UK, France, and Italy.  May be we can toss a bone to the Russians and have them in because they need to have their egos stoked even though their formal ranking wouldn’t put them in a G8, much less a G7.

But I think frankly beyond my time with the individuals and exchanging a few words, this G20 meeting is just a big waste of time that got nothing done.   May be the smarter thing to do is to just go back to a G7, keep it small, and have another meeting like the one fat boy Hugo is carping about where all these other guys can go to.  Think Iran, Syria, North Korea, and so on.  Anyway, I’m glad it’s all over, at least this time I didn’t have to leave the comfort of home.


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