(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
Alec Baldwin and other Hollywood types were going to move to France after Dubya won the 2000 Presidential election. While they are there, perhaps they could start a campaign to have France pay back Haiti for the outrageous payment which it extracted by embargo for “lost property” (e.g. slaves) after the Haitian Revolution.
Thirteen billion dollars would do the trick, unless you want to charge interest, in which case the French might need to sell Versailles and the Riviera to raise capital. The French could put the money into a micro-finance outfit to help Haitian entrepreneurs, and call it even. It’s not like the money is going to create any new products, jobs or services in France after all.