Time for a waterboarding holiday in the wonderful US of A

The US Congress is becoming alarmed about the drop in the number of tourists visiting the USA. Time reports that -

"The United States has lost billions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of good will since the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks because of a decline in foreign tourists."

Despite the drop in the value of the dollar, which makes the US very cheap, and a general rise in tourism, the numbers entering the USA have fallen.

This is costing the US a lot of money "Oxford Economics, in a recent analysis of travel policies written with former Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge, said the 17 percent drop in visits since 2000 has cost the United States $100 billion in lost visitor spending, almost 200,000 jobs and $16 billion in lost tax receipts."

Gosh, I wonder why that might be. Can it be that tourists do not want to visit a paranoid country which treats them like criminals when they arrive. article

It could also be that tourists do not want to be in a country where foreign nationals can be arrested without charge, detained indefinitely in secret prisons and tortured.

I used to visit the US but I will not be doing so again until you all calm down, and Bush is a dim [pun intended] and distant memory.


Todd HellsKitchen said...

Yeah, I blame Bush and Cheney for all of it!

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Bush is having a colonoscopy today...

I wonder what they'll find?