Has the Health Care imbroglio so unhinged Obama that he’s gone completely manic in his drive to expand his empire?
In a closed ceremony at the White House, the president signed the Travel Promotion Act. After gaining final passage by the Senate last week, the bill will raise an estimated $200 million a year by imposing a $10 tax on visitors to the United States from countries where they are not required to obtain a visa. The revenue will be used to create and fund a new agency, the Corporation for Travel Promotion, that would work with the U.S. tourism industry to promote the United States as a global travel destination.
Ah. Let’s look at the operative phrase:
… to create and fund a new agency …
And what, pray tell, would that new agency do?
work with the U.S. tourism industry to promote the United States…
Does anybody think that a federal agency can do more to promote tourism to the U.S. than Disney? Than Harrah’s? Than 10,000 travel agents?
And then, boys ‘n’ girls, after President Obama has built a big building for his new agency, and staffed it with people who signed up with his good friend Andy Stern, who runs the S.E.I.U. and currently sits on the Debt Board, and bought new energy-efficient windows for the place from Serious Materials, a window company whose vice president for policy is married to Obama’s weatherization overseer, Obama is going to go all around the world and say he was only kidding when he said not to go to Las Vegas.
OK — so far we’ve made Andy Stern happy, said it’s OK to go to Vegas, and built a big new building with truly excellent windows, but how is that going to help tourism? Oh! There’s more?
Yes! Oh, all you doubters. We’re going to charge tourists $10 a head. That’s to pay for the agency that will do what Disney and Vegas and Atlantic City and New York City and Six Flags and the Grand Canyon and 10,000 travel agents can’t manage.
Heh. When Harrah’s opened the big river boat casino at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans they charged $5 to come aboard. After the newness wore off nobody came. And this in a town where you can generally get somebody to bet on whether or not something thrown up into the air is going to come down.
Nobody was going to pay for the privilege of walking in a business establishment what wasn’t showing movies and selling Jujubes. Then the casino started checking ID’s and letting locals in free and charging everybody else. Then they just gave up. Then the people came.
So when Obama’s tourists get sick of being spare-changed even before they get here and stop paying, and stop coming, Obama’s Agency is going to go away, right?
Sigh. Like I said. Somebody get this guy some Valium.