Comment: This isn’t just about visas, having traveled to both the
United States and Communist China, the U.S. makes China look like a
stroll on the beach. Entering the U.S. is like entering the former East
Germany with a high-tech overlay. Thumb prints, iris scans,
interrogations by Homeland Security thugs, body scans, grope downs – all
that has undoubtedly put millions of people off visiting America in the
decade since 9/11.
The travel industry today became the latest to slam federal rules and bureaucracy, charging that tough visa rules for potential tourists have robbed the nation of $600 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Two grim facts: More Chinese now visit France than the United States, in part because it’s hard to get a U.S. visitors visa. And while the U.S. used to be the destination for 17 percent of the world’s tourists in 2000, that’s dropped to 12.4 percent and shows no sign of changing.