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Stupid, stupid mouse creatures

The rat creatures in Jeff Smith's wonderful graphic novel Bone were stupid. As much as they liked quiche (and anything else they could eat), they were quickly outwitted by Phone Bone and his compatriots.

The Mouse's creatures, well, they seem to have completely lost it. Disney has been strongly pushing an act that's intended to help promote travel to the US. That seems to be a good thing, as the current US-VISIT border controls have made the US a much less friendly place for tourists (and the next batch will make it even less so).

It's a pity then that the Travel Promotion Act contains a provision for what is going to be seen as another tax on the very people it's meant to encourage to visit the US. The act describes a $200 million fund to help advertise the US as a tourist destination that will be created using an entry levy, to be charged to every visa waiver traveller to the US. With $10 going to the travel industry, that fee is likely to be $25 after administration costs.

Are families going to Disneyland from the UK going to be prepared to pay Disney for the right to go to the US? I suspect an extra $100 tacked on to a family holiday in the US could actually be a deal breaker that sends them off to Center Parcs. Especially when they find out just who they're actually paying that money to...


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Jun. 25th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
25 bucks per VW entry into the US begins to make renewing my visa look like the preferable option. Though I'm unclear on how much data rape that involves these days...
Jul. 1st, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
That's just dumb. Sponsored by both Senators from Illinois (and mine, too), dammit.

Fortunately, nothing has happened with it since last November.
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