Thursday, February 17, 2011

From The Files Of Absurdity, Volume CLXIV: Are You Kidding Me? US President Wants To Charge Canadians For Entering The US!

OK Readers... Here comes my latest chapter in my continuing exposure of the ridiculous and the ludicrous happenings in our World today... I call these files my "Files Of Absurdity", and this one is pretty ridiculous indeed.

Well, according to the following article from the Canadian Press, courtesy of www.thestar.com, it appears that the US President, Barry Soetoro is considering charging Canadians a fee for travelling to the United States!   Here is that article for my readers to view right here in its entirety:

Obama proposes fee for Canadian visitors to the U.S.



President Barack Obama is floating the idea of charging a fee for every Canadian entering the U.S. by air or sea.
President Barack Obama is floating the idea of charging a fee for every Canadian entering the U.S. by air or sea.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP


The Canadian Press
 
President Barack Obama is floating the idea of charging a fee for every Canadian entering the U.S. by air or sea.

The proposal is outlined in the 2012 federal draft budget he submitted to Congress on Monday.
The $5.50 fee would not apply to visitors arriving in private vehicles.

Visitors from Canada, Mexico and a number of Caribbean countries are currently exempt from “passenger inspection fees.”

Obama's budget blueprint proposes lifting those exemptions and using the revenue from the charges to support air passenger inspections which have recently grown more intensive.

According to Statistics Canada some 16 million Canadians flew into the U.S. in 2009.

The proposal comes as Canada and the U.S. move toward increased cross-border cooperation on other fronts.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Obama signed off earlier this month on a plan that for the first time envisions throwing up a single security ring around the perimeter of Canada and the U.S.

The wide-ranging blueprint calls for increased cooperation between the two countries' police, border and intelligence agencies, an integrated Canada-U.S. exit-entry system using high-tech identification techniques, and more sharing of information about Canadians with U.S. authorities.

The document was prepared last fall, when the Canada-U.S. talks were being conducted without any public notice.

While Canadian industry cautiously endorsed that agreement, the proposed fee is unlikely to meet with enthusiasm.

“It's an indication that the United States is going to be looking to generate new moneys to offset their budget deficit on outsiders who don't vote — and that would be us,” Birgit Matthiesen, of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, told the Ottawa Citizen. “The raising of any fees on the Canada-U.S. border is troubling.”

The group is Canada's largest trade and industry association


NTS Notes:  Ok, Readers... The man is definitely a genius... Here he is wanting to charge Canadians a "toll" of $5.50 per person to visit the United States, and claiming that the money collected will be for improving airport security inspections... What?  Getting groped by TSA agents isnt enough???

I also question this as a method of generating new revenues to offset budget deficits... It is sickening to see that this fee for Canadians to visit the US MAY generate some $100 Million dollars annually, while the US bleeds to death by spending some 2 BILLION dollars daily on its illegal wars overseas!   The $100 Million compared to that $700 BILLION dollars wasted annually sure makes sense to me....

I have a few great suggestions, America... Why not end the illegal wars, stop pouring money into the criminal state of Israel, and end the actions of the criminals in the TSA, and you can definitely save not only a fortune, but also entice visitors to come back to the USA for their vacations!   Brilliant ideas, right?

One other thing that the Americans forget is that they are still very much dependant on Canadians coming down as tourists to spend their cash in the US... Charging a new fee for entry, on top of the terrible continuing groping done by the TSA agents sure makes for a friendly environment for tourism indeed!

Another one for my continuing Files Of Absurdity... It sure appears that not much real thought was put in by the US Administration on this one...

More to come

NTS

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