Thursday, February 25, 2010
If there were some reasonable critical mass of business people in the Democratic Party -- and, no, I'm not talking about big company corporate tools who live in Manhattan and talk left to keep the invitations coming, but real business people -- ideas this stupid would not make it past the Congressional staff, much less a Senate committee. Alas, they do.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
Live just south of Myrtle Beach and they have a great travel board funded by the hotels and attractions that benefit from our visitors. It's called free enterprise with no government jobs, no salaries or unfunded union benefits to be paid for by the taxpayer. Wow, maybe Reid's idea is better.
Any excuse for the Eurocrats to grow government.
After all, if they can get government sufficiently large, we'll be working for them, instead of them working for us.
It's time (maybe the last opportunity) for us as employers to do what responsible employers must do with recalcitrant, insubordinate employees. Fire them. For cause.
MainStreet, are you suggesting Myrtle Beach should replace the travel board you describe with Reids idea? Because they sound like very different ideas. He's talking about a tax on travel, to fund operations of the federal government. You describe a local merchants association, funded by community businesses, designed to market their companies services.
Don't be fooled. A federal tax is something designed to recover part of the spending Congress wants to do. Fostering any sort of business growth is the furthest thing from Harry Reid's mind.
I actually think your response is greatly overblown. Many countries charge entry or departure taxes-sometimes it is included in the ticket, sometimes not. I have paid a separate departure tax in Canada, for example. It has never influenced my travel decisions. Try to rent a car at an airport. You practically always get charged a facility use fee. Charging an additional $10 on an international ticket will not stop any Europeans travelling on holiday, and the revenues will certainly add up. I would spend it on more rangers and updating infrastructure for our national parks, rather than promoting tourism.
Charging an additional $10 on an international ticket will not stop any Europeans travelling on holiday
The $10 won't stop them. The notion that the USA is hostile to tourists (which already exists to a degree) is what will stop them.
Harshest winter in many years, right? People should be flocking to Florida to flee the winter, right? Wrong. Palm Beach county tourism is down 20% over this year.
The dollar against the Euro is the real kicker when it comes to European travel. 10 bucks is a drop in the bucket and won't even be noticed by foreign travellers (except perhaps all the Australians travelling in their gap year(s)!)
I voted for Obama simply because I thought it was time to have an African American in the White (and, because he was McCain).
Now, I'm afraid all I did was add to the stereotype that all black politicians are dumb, lazy, shiftless, corrupt and mendacious.
"I voted for Obama simply because I thought it was time to have an African American in the White..."
Being of Irish descent and having my progenitors arrive in the US in the 1880's, I am fortunate that I share no collective white guilt that forces me to think that I have to treat black people differently than anybody else.
I think that's a good thing...until I see people at work who think I am a "racist" because I think Obama is a Socialist.
I am no more a racist than black politicians are dumb(...etc.), but, having said that, I do find that the modern Democrat Party is populated by people whose ideas are so single-midedly stupid that it actually does force me into a prejudicial mindset.