I've always liked Americans. And America for that matter. For example, I've always admired their proud attachment to history. A little over the top at times for this catatonic Canadian but to be admired nevertheless. And I've always liked visiting the States. D.C. for example. Boston. Chicago. And of course Disney World. But my favourite spot has to be spending a week or two in Ogunquit, Maine - a picturesque spot on the Atlantic Ocean to shop, eat, drink sun and swim. And we're close to my blogging buddy and photographer Cheryl Duford.
I've followed the NBA, NCAA Basketball, NASCAR and the NFL - all those American N-starting acronym sports.
But my American friends are considering boosting their budget off my back and of my fellow Canadians. Yeah, you heard me. President Obama, who I also admire, is considering a border fee to be charged to anyone who is driving to the United States. Say what? You can't squeeze enough out of Americans you have to tax Canadians and Mexicans now? I already have to hand over fresh fruit and plants when I enter the States. What's next?
I'm glad you asked!
Hand over my first born male child?
Pledge allegiance to the flag?
And the nation for which it stands?
Swear to become a Boston Red Sox fan (sorry Yankees), forsaking the Blue Jays forever more?
Buy an American car? (Yeah, like that's gonna happen.)
Of course, this is like a tax on a tax. Oddly enough every time I go to the States I spend an awful lot of money. Factory outlets, golf courses, pubs. Not necessarily in that order. Why would I pay a fee on top of that to go there and do that.
And I can't help but think if Canada came up with this idea first, Americans would be screaming their heads off.
Talk about endangering Canada U.S relations. Speaking if which I'm glad I have no relations in the States. 'Cause if this goes through, I wouldn't be visiting them.
But I'll miss you, Cheryl.