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following an ill-fated experiment with socialist economic policies in the 1960s, tunisia focused on bolstering exports, foreign investment, and tourism, all of which have become central to the country's economy. key exports now include textiles and apparel, food products, petroleum products, chemicals, and phosphates, with about 80% of exports bound for tunisia's main economic partner, the eu. tunisia's strategy, coupled with investments in education and infrastructure, fueled decades of 4-5% annual gdp growth and improved living standards. former president zine el abidine ben ali (1987-2011) continued these policies, but as his reign wore on cronyism and corruption stymied economic performance, unemployment rose, and the informal economy grew. tunisia’s economy became less and less inclusive. these grievances contributed to the january 2011 overthrow of ben ali, further depressing tunisia's economy as tourism and investment declined sharply. cia.gov
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likewise, while he did embrace the slacker 'zine scene, which included sporting "creative facial hair," dave was guided by his traditional sensibilities. he was mortified when his sister walked down the aisle to kiss' "beth" at her wedding, and was equally outraged when a fellow parent revealed that she let her 15 year old "fire up" joints at home. infoplease.com