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Thread started 02/17/11 3:40pm

Red

FU Obama

OK, I WAS with you, THEN about 6 months ago I began to ? you. Today was the last straw. What and Who do you think supports your country? Tourism - and a helluva lot of Canadians, Travel Agents and Airlines to be specific. We arrive in droves, to shop and support your retail, to dine in your restaurants, to stay in your hotels and resorts, to enjoy your theme parks, use your rental cars, taxis anon anon. And you want to charge me $5+ per Cnd. head, at the gate to enter your BLOODY country (see the Scot is coming out in me now). Like Cee says. FU!

[Edited 2/17/11 16:00pm]

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Reply #1 posted 02/17/11 3:50pm

smoothcriminal
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but I don't think that Barack Obama posts on this board. A letter to the Oval Office might work though.

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Reply #2 posted 02/17/11 3:59pm

Red

FU2...LOL!

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Reply #3 posted 02/17/11 4:00pm

Wall

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I'm sure Obama's broken up that some Canadian who can't afford a five dollar fee won't be supporting him in the next election. Hopefully he can make up that one vote he wasn't allowed anyway by getting some Mexican to support him in your place.

No hard feelings.
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Reply #4 posted 02/17/11 4:01pm

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The $5.00 fee is to help pay customs operating expences and additional manpower in dealing with cars, all the paper work and regulations, not to mention help pay for border security where, i've stated before, illegal drugs (meth, marijuana, coke) and prescription drugs are illegally brought over. Customs taps the caring industry for the extra cost. You're fortunate, there are other fees and fines that can easily run up to $10,000. Read more below:

http://www.vancouversun.c...story.html

[Edited 2/17/11 16:02pm]

"The voter is less important than the man who provides money to the candidate," - Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
Rudedog no no no!
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Reply #5 posted 02/17/11 4:03pm

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Fair enough. Oh, do let us know when you get Mr Harper sorted out as well...
everyone's a fruit & nut case
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Reply #6 posted 02/17/11 4:17pm

Red

rudedog said:

The $5.00 fee is to help pay customs operating expences and additional manpower in dealing with cars, all the paper work and regulations, not to mention help pay for border security where, i've stated before, illegal drugs (meth, marijuana, coke) and prescription drugs are illegally brought over. Customs taps the caring industry for the extra cost. You're fortunate, there are other fees and fines that can easily run up to $10,000. Read more below:

http://www.vancouversun.c...story.html

Oh please....he can't get anymore $ from US residents. Hey this has nada to do with border crossing process. It's just another prop to aid the US's sick economy. And hey, I know the man didn't bring about this mess - I'm not blaming him - there's alot I like about Obama - but this is ridiculous.

I guess it WILL definitely clear up traffic congestion at the airports smile

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Reply #7 posted 02/17/11 4:26pm

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Red said:

rudedog said:

The $5.00 fee is to help pay customs operating expences and additional manpower in dealing with cars, all the paper work and regulations, not to mention help pay for border security where, i've stated before, illegal drugs (meth, marijuana, coke) and prescription drugs are illegally brought over. Customs taps the caring industry for the extra cost. You're fortunate, there are other fees and fines that can easily run up to $10,000. Read more below:

http://www.vancouversun.c...story.html

Oh please....he can't get anymore $ from US residents. Hey this has nada to do with border crossing process. It's just another prop to aid the US's sick economy. And hey, I know the man didn't bring about this mess - I'm not blaming him - there's alot I like about Obama - but this is ridiculous.

I guess it WILL definitely clear up traffic congestion at the airports smile

[Edited 2/17/11 16:02pm]

HA! You think Americans want to pay more taxes? No way! We'll let you bloody, better-ethic Canadians flip the bill! Just think, its money you aren't paying for Nationalized Healthcare is going to this Custom Fee smile Thank you, come again!

"The voter is less important than the man who provides money to the candidate," - Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens
Rudedog no no no!
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Reply #8 posted 02/17/11 4:51pm

V10LETBLUES

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Reply #9 posted 02/17/11 5:03pm

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Red said:

FU Obama

I'm glad I wasn't around when someone charged $77 for a T-shirt whew

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Reply #10 posted 02/17/11 5:17pm

Red

Wow...just the kind of attitude I guess I should have expected, but didn't - coming from you responding Americans. You have little knowledge of Canada and the taxes we pay. We ARE one of the highest taxed Nations on the planet - FACT! And that's what pays for our health care system. We also ALREADY pay heavy security airport fees of which the US does take shares. Before you are quick to judge, you may want to research Canada.

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Reply #11 posted 02/17/11 6:03pm

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Red said:

Wow...just the kind of attitude I guess I should have expected, but didn't - coming from you responding Americans. You have little knowledge of Canada and the taxes we pay. We ARE one of the highest taxed Nations on the planet - FACT! And that's what pays for our health care system. We also ALREADY pay heavy security airport fees of which the US does take shares. Before you are quick to judge, you may want to research Canada.

Except that neither Pandurito nor whistle are American. shrug

Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #12 posted 02/17/11 8:55pm

Red

At present if I were to fly from Toronto to LA, I am charged $5.50 for US animal/plant inspection, $16.30 US International transportation tax, $7.00 US Immigration user fee, an agricultural fee, a 9/11 fee, an airport improvement fee, 13% harmonized tax…and I know there are a couple of other add ons in there. It’s horrendous. In some cases, the taxes on the ticket are higher than the travel portion of the ticket.

It isn’t the proposed $5.50 that’s the problem. it’s the principle; the slap in the face. I have a feeling too…that if the situation were reversed and Canada made this charge, the US would go nuts, calling us all Terrorists smile. We’re a good neighbor providing the US Tourism, Energy and plenty of important natural resources like oil, gas, wood and water (albeit sold back to us for double the price – thanks Trudeau). Our economy IS hitched to the US.

Like a homeless person on the street, do you not think that we would drop a few bills into your cup on the real IF asked sincerely? You know we would. We are aware of the almost $15Trillion debt, but demanding it in this way, is a blatant, underhanded insult. We do not live in igloos, we are not surrounded by Polar Bears and we are not stupid. The 2008 collapse in the US due to overpaid banking CEOs, financial institutions, car manufacturers etc. added over $50+billion to our Canadian deficit. We are very much feeling the crunch too and taxes on everything have risen in the past few months. They tell us our Canadian economy is better, but I can assure you it's a crock.

The bulk of US$ is in military missions, weapons, intrastate programs, Wall Street, oh and all those lavish galas and party dresses that Michelle seems to enjoy. Military spending both in the US and Canada is unsustainable. It is preventing growth, improvements in health-care, education, infrastructure, etc. $90Million extra per year (you probably spend that on military gas) from Canadians crossing your border isn’t going to pull the US out of harms way. In fact it very well could be detrimental.

In summation, $5.50 is a relatively small fee, but it rubs the wrong way, considering the millions Canadians pump into the US economy daily. This is perhaps, a signal that things are far worse than they appear. I would want to be very careful that my country didn’t piss off its nearest and maybe most important trade neighbor – especially when they supply life sustaining natural resources. I suppose the US could just come in and TAKE like they have with other nations. Again, we are a friendly neighbour but arrogance like this can cause an eventual breakdown in relations. Isn’t that how it all starts. I hope not.

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