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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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US signs Free Trade Agreement with Columbia
Canada's is already in effect!

The flailing/failing nation to our south seems to get more gonzo by the day, not that our own Spiteful Steve doesn't emulate and try to follow their failed policies at every opportunity. Since more and more of the money in Amerika is in the hands of people who don't like to pay taxes, preferring to buy the government outright, the US of Assholes (actually not most Americans, just the corporations and elites running the joint) stays awake at night trying to figure out ways to collect taxes from those who live elsewhere.

Lately there has been the spectre of massive fines on Canadian residents who didn't even know they were also American citizens because maybe their parents were attending university there when they were born and hadn't necessarily been there themselves since they can remember. Then there are those who knew they had US status, but didn't earn any money there or necessarily much money where ever they were. All these people are subject to a minimum $10,000 per year (times six or seven years back) per each bank account they hold in another country like Canada, if they didn't report it on the tax return they didn't know they were required to file, EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T OWE ANY TAXES!!!!!! Of course the masters of the universe who own the US government and actually live in say Florida, Beverly Hills or Santa Barbara, but store their money in Switzerland or the Caribbean, aren't likely be affected by this, after all they are too busy creating jobs......... in China!

Most likely the US will try to tax the sweat shop labor in Asia and elsewhere that makes the gee gaws some Americans and Europeans can still afford to buy. The will do anything rather than tax the corporations, the banks or the 1% who drive the market, for yachts and Beamers, Benzes and guitars once owned by dead rock stars! Subsidies, bail-outs and corporate welfare are the only things the rulers think appropriate for tax dollars to support, they'll take care of their own health care and education, thanks and they don't really need pensions, though they generally have Admiral Hahn Style rich plans anyway. It is government of the one percent, by the one percent and for the one percent. In the meantime they've come up with yet another way to tax people that might actually be able to pay them but can't vote for Congress Critters or the Preznit. According to CTV:

Flying to the U.S.? Get ready to pay $5.50 tax

Canadian travellers heading to the United States will once again have to pay a $5.50 levy when they enter the country by air or sea.

The return of the tax comes as Washington signs a new free trade deal with Colombia, which has a provision that does not allow tariff exemptions for travellers from the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada.

The trade deal was passed last Friday, leaving Canadian officials like International Trade Minister Ed Fast disappointed.

"Raising taxes at the border just raises costs on consumers," Fast said in a statement. "Canadian officials have raised concerns about the removal of this exemption at the highest level. We will continue to raise Canada's concerns with U.S. lawmakers."

It wasn't immediately clear when the charge will go into effect, but the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has been analyzing its 2012 budget shortfalls.

The charge exemption was brought into effect in 1997 under provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

But with the U.S. facing a national debt of $14 trillion, Washington is looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenues.

Still, critics say that the new tax shows that the Conservative government isn't doing enough to represent Canada's interests in Washington.

"When it comes to defending the interests of Canadians, Conservatives have shown they cannot be trusted," said Robert Chisholm, who is the NDP's international trade critic.

Around 7 million Canadians fly to the U.S. annually, with thousands arriving by boat aboard ferries along the coasts and in the Great Lake region.

Columbia of course has a terrible record regarding human rights and labor standards and its main export is cocaine and if I recall correctly Columbia produces its own marijuana, thus not really likely to be a market for BC Bud!

Free Trade..... is mainly for Capital
..................and the interests of the US

It was just last week that our current overseer from DeeCee, U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson - according to the CBC:

.......... told a business crowd in Ottawa that a Buy American clause wouldn't hurt Canadian business as much as continuing trouble in the U.S. economy. Jacobson said U.S. President Barack Obama's failed attempt at a stimulus bill would have improved the U.S. economy, which is the best way to help the Canadian economy.

Think of it as "trickle down economics" on an international scale.

Perhaps it's time the rest of the world, especially America's closest neighbors like Mexico and Canada got up on their hind legs and followed the example of the mythic "founding fathers" and actual tea party participants and said loud and clear....



Blogger Gary E said...

Haven't crossed into the US since 1985 after being subjected to a full body cavity search. I had learned long before that and long before the Campbell cabal ruined it, that we had everything I wanted here in BC.

One thing I can't stop wondering about is " Why hasn't Obama laid the blame of the US financial problems on the Previous administration where it belongs. The republicans down there seem to want to lay the problem on him. I'd say that was hypocracy in the extreme.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 9:03:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kootcoot said...

"I'd say that was hypocracy in the extreme."

It's hypocrisy and I would say you are 100% correct!

And I'm with you that he should hold Bu$h, Cheney, Rumsfeld et. al. accountable and am very disapointed that he won't. Who is he trying to please, the Rethugs won't give him credit if he turned the world into paradise and the way he's going he ain't pleasing his own side either!

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:25:00 PM PDT  

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