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One day during his exile (by Germany), Romanian king Carol II described a program, instituted during his reign, which had sent fourteen of the country's brightest lights to study the political and economic systems in other (democratic) nations: seven were sent to England and seven to the United States.

"The seven who went to England were very smart," he recalled. "They all achieved great success in government in Bucharest."

"What about the seven you sent to the Stares?" the king was asked. "They were even smarter," he replied. "They stayed there."

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