On January 21, during his weekly radio address, President Barack Hussein Obama said, “We want more visitors coming here. We want them spending money here. It’s good for our economy, and it will help provide the boost more businesses need to grow and hire.” He reiterated the steps he outlined at DisneyWorld on Thursday to make it easier for tourists to travel to the US. His tourism initiative was part of an executive order he signed to increase non-immigrant visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent in 2012, and to expand a visa waiver program that lets participating nationals travel to the US for stays of 90 days or less without a visa. Obama says he has taken steps to improve the economy after Congress earlier failed to embrace his initiatives, a euphemism for his “We can’t wait” program to bypass Congress.
Key phrase here: “without a visa”. We certainly all remember how well previous visa programs worked under previous administrations. Why does Obama think his program will be any better? Does he remember what happened on 9/11/2001? Does he really think that allpeople coming to the US will be tourists? Does he think that no terrorists live in or will originate trips from China or Brazil? Is he really willing to risk citizens’ lives in order to, he says, improve the economy? He has failed to improve the economy, but continues to blame anything and anyone, especially George Walker Bush, for his failures. Now we get his latest scheme: tourism. If the US took a larger share of the international travel market, the White House said more than 1 million jobs could be created over the next decade.
But wait! We now have the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to keep us safe from terrorists who just might come to the US without a visa. Just like the last group of “students” who told flight instructors that they were not interested in learning how to land a plane, this new group of terrorists will tell the DHS and TSA that they are “tourists.” Sure, DHS and TSA were created during a previous administration, but they now belong to Obama. They are now his and his alone. Any consequences will rest with him. As we used to say in the Army, “You can delegate authority but you cannot delegate responsibility.”
His 2009 stimulus plan did not work (unless you are Debbie Wasserman-Schultz). We now have 1.9 million fewer Americans with jobs since Obama took office, gas prices have more than doubled, and more Americans are now on food stamps than ever before. Bottom line: he is now risking US citizens’ lives in order to promote yet another economic program when all he has to do is replicate (from any administration) what in the past has worked.
But that’s just my opinion.