Tuesday, November 21, 2006

 

Shocker: Democrats and Lobbying Group See Eye-to-Eye

Did you know that the US is the most unfriendly country to visitors?

It is, according to this Reuters report. Out of 16 countries, the US was last. I tried to figure out the internals by going to the RT Strategies home page. But, the site doesn't appear to have been updated since Feb 2006.

The survey was commissioned by the Discover America Partnership. As advertised in the article, they are a group of leaders of tourism-based industries (hotels, rent-a-cars, Disney, and even Anheuser Busch). Here's a list of the leadership.

But check out the link in the upper right hand corner. It's a link For Policymakers. This is a lobbying group for the tourist industry. If you read the story, the point seems to be that a more streamlined, "nicer" customs and visa process at airports would encourage more tourism in the United States.

But, the DAP has a different agenda. Here's a press release (on Hospitality.net, oh joy, what fun!) where they praise the Senate (read: Democrat) version of an immigration bill because it has a a guest worker program. It also criticises the House (read: Republican) version of the bill that does not have a guest worker program. Here's a quote:

“The House bill is unacceptable for the lodging industry because it ignores a crucial element of the problem,” said AH&LA Executive Vice President for Public Policy Marlene Colucci. “It fails to recognize the contributions of foreign-born workers to the U.S. economy and does not resolve the problem of undocumented workers. "

OK, you lost me at "undocumented". They're illegal.

So, back to the original article that says the US is unfriendly to visitors. Reuters has taken a poll sponsored by a lobbying group and reported it as fact in order to make it easier for "visitors" to get visas.

With apologies to Michelle Malkin...here's the checklist:
Bash the US as unfriendly? Check
Promote streamlined visas? Check (No threat to security here, move along)
Forward the open borders agenda? Check
Try to get the "money out of politics" by refusing to accept a lobbying group's press release as news? Well, maybe next time.

The funniest part of this whole thing is that the guest worker program is being supported by the Democrats. Here's an interview with Nancy Pelosi from Mar 2006 that backs the Senate version of the bill. VDARE has more on Pelosi's open-borders record.

So, when you think Democrat, think big business (Marriott, Anheuser-Busch, Loews Hotels, Disney) .

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