President Anheuser W. Bush was having a bad day. His latest veto had been overturned, the economy was still in a slump, and his ratings were way down. But that was nothing compared to the problem on his desk right now. It was a doozy, and as usual the French were to blame. Even in the year 2076, with its stupendous technology and permanent conservative majority, this problem wasn’t going to go away. It had nowhere to go. Here it was, the eve of the American Tercentennial, and America had no place to celebrate it, because the last remaining piece of American soil had been sold off! How could this have happened? How would history remember him?

Oh, his administration had enjoyed some glorious moments, especially...

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