Frequent travelers who pass an extensive background check will be able to scan their passports and fingerprints and skip long lines at immigration at more airports. We’re going to expand the number of countries where visitors can get pre-cleared by Homeland Security so they don’t need a tourist visa. And we’re going to speed up visa processing for countries with growing middle classes that can afford to visit America — countries like China and Brazil.While we’re at it, why not require a stool sample as well? If the applicants are upper middle class or better, we can just let them mail it in.
That seems like a pretty big hassle to go through to see Disneyland. Is Donald Duck really worth a rectal search? Personally, I’d rather go to Napoleonland.
I wonder if this is the brainchild of Obama’s jobs czar Jeffrey Immelt. He also happens to be the CEO of General Electric, which has extensive operations in both China and Brazil, two countries singled out in Obama’s address. Due to their growing middle classes, their citizens might be eligible to be “pre-cleared“ by the Dept. of Fatherland Security. Do you suppose the jobs czar’s idea of putting Americans to work is to have them serve cheeseburgers and french fries to GE’s foreign middle managers? Dress in Goofy costumes and pose for pictures with their kids? Entertain the family while Dad attends meetings with GE executives where they try to figure out new ways to cheat on their taxes?
(h/t They gave us a republic.)