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Article posted Oct 26 2011, 6:53 PM Category: Commentary Source: The Dollar Vigilante Print

The US Is Fast Becoming a Third World Police State

by Jeff Burwick

As a P.T. (often referred to as perpetual traveler, permanent tourist or prior taxpayer), I have traveled to nearly 100 countries. During those travels there has always been one defining moment, upon entry into a country, which shows that the country is what is generally thought of as a "third world country".

It is the moment when, upon arrival, you are charged a fee to enter the country. The reason generally being that the government of the country has so destroyed the economy and/or they have so little understanding of what creates wealth that they think that the way to make their country prosperous is to charge a fee upon entry rather than allowing people to enter freely and transact, trade and spend their money in the economy. Either that or the government is so desperate for money that it uses this as a significant source of revenue.

They have this in Cambodia, Indonesia, Bolivia and numerous other similar countries. And now, they have it in the US.

The US has long-used "visa application fees" to bilk money from people in countries like Thailand as a way to raise money but now the US has announced that they are going to charge a $5.50 fee to Canadians upon entering the US.

The fee is ludicrous and counterproductive for many reasons. Not least of which is making it five dollars and fifty cents, ensuring that payment of the transaction will take twice as long as normal to make the extra change. Canadians who are one of the only large groups of people still bringing some economic activity into the US will both be turned off by having to pay to enter the US but also by the extra long lines to enter as they make change for this fee.

Not to mention the hilarity of calling it an "inspection fee". Does this mean that if we would not like to be inspected then we don't have to pay?

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Comments 1 - 9 of 9 Add Comment Page 1 of 1

Posted: Oct 27 2011, 12:39 PM

76197 I've been warning of this since the controlled demolitions of 911. It's all a PLAN.

Posted: Oct 27 2011, 4:40 PM

72223 "We Are All Scott Olsen!"
Uncle B

Posted: Oct 27 2011, 8:01 PM

7675 Next: Tariffs , Tariff wars, trade failures, fewer jobs, smaller markets! Sadly, Canada provides huge wealth in raw from to the U.S. China courts Canada as we speak!

Posted: Oct 28 2011, 11:31 AM

71114 If they do it for Canadians why not Mexicans?

Posted: Oct 30 2011, 3:55 PM

17417 You pay to get into any other amusement park. Welcome to the 50 flags magic kingdom. We are here for the worlds amusement. We have a shootin' gallery out west, a fun house in the east, party in the south and the north is just..... well air conditioned so we stand outside all day with signs.

Posted: Nov 02 2011, 5:28 PM

8888 Waahhh, they're gonna charge 5.50 to cross the border! Think of all the time it'll take to make change! It's like Cambodia or some third world country!

Shut up.

Posted: Jan 27 2012, 9:31 PM

137146 Its shit like this that minimalizes the crap that people from real third world police states have to deal with. Jesus dude, maybe you disagree, but lay off the ridiculous hyperbole's.

Posted: Sep 27 2012, 6:48 AM

67236 Shoot the border patrol in the face and walk in.
James Smith

Posted: Jul 07 2013, 1:54 PM

186214 It isn't as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying "Patriot" Act.

Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often "an investigation" is claimed, but soon forgotten.

In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers. USA is # 1!

 Does any of that sound like a free country?

As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, "It's like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn't worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn't worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn't worth fighting over, either.
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