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Lawmakers Encourage Foreigners To Come To U.S., Spend Money

October 4, 2011 by  

Lawmakers Encourage Foreigners To Come To U.S., Spend Money

Lawmakers in the United States are seeking to add to the long list of imports on the country’s economic dossier; there is a new push to bring shoppers into the country.

Americans feel pain each time they reach for their wallets at the register. So lawmakers, business and White House officials have come up with plans to draw shoppers from China, India and Brazil — countries where poor decisions have not wrecked economic output — to fill the place of American penny-pinchers. The Washington Post reports that this is the first time in the history of the United States that such measures have been taken.

Shoppers are being lured into the country from areas of the world once considered by many Americans to be at the very bottom of the economic totem pole. Many companies are now offering lucrative international travel packages and deals on event hosting in an effort to encourage foreigners to travel to the country to spend money. The White House has even issued statements promising visa reform, to make it easier for people from foreign countries to visit or stay for several weeks.

The U.S. trades with China and other countries to buy a number of goods, which creates about a $45 billion trade deficit as the country exports far less back. Hopes that encouraging foreigners to travel here and spend money on consumer goods will close the gap abound. The U.S. gross domestic product last year grew only 3 percent, while China’s and India’s shot up 10 percent and Brazil’s grew about 7.5 percent. Because of dollar debasement and unprecedented trade rates on many currencies, travelers are able to buy goods in the U.S. much cheaper than in their own countries.




Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Pete0097

    Why would chinese tourists come to the US to buy our stuff? Most of it is made in China. By the way, when they do come here, they only eat at chinese restaurants. They are common, rude people (the tourists, the chinese I personally know are quite polite and gentile) although this may just be typical of tourists in general as American tourists in other countries are not too pleasant ether. I know the european, northeastern US, and arab tourists in FLorida are just plain rude.

    • Diane

      I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. They are very rude and aggressive. At least the ones you notice. There are a few who are quiet and polite, but you don’t notice them. However, the point is that if these people are here they are spending money. If they are away from home they are spending money to eat, lodge, rent a car, go to theme parks, and probably buy a few souvenirs (albeit made in China or Vietnam). So it’s a mixed bag. People do work at the places these visitors are going to, so it does increase jobs maybe a small amount. And of course the tourists have to pay the same sales taxes we pay. So while it is generally unpleasant to have them here, they actually do help a modest amount.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Encourage foreigners to come here and spend money?!?!?!?! what about the ones that they encourage to come here from south of our border to spend what they take from the American taxpayer???? THAT works REAL well!!!

  • Annette Reed

    Idiotic idea. Good way for the bureaucrats to encourage more “visitors” to come here and overstay their visas.What good will this do to mortgage holders who are underwater?—NONE What good will this to to make more jobs?—-PROBABLY NONE Who will this help except rich businessmen? NOBODY. Please stop using this country as a tool to help certain people get rich. Let problems be solved for everybody not just a few.

    • eddie47d

      If that is an idiotic idea then what would be a good plan? American companies aren’t afraid to move overseas so there are fewer jobs. Is anything okay with you on this topic? Mexico has a huge tourist industry and it is a sizable portion of their economy. We have tremendous National Parks and Historical places that people all over the world would love to see. We should encourage that gold mine just like they do with foreign visitors. When the Japanese economy was doing good they came to America in droves. In Colorado we have a place called Mesa Verde and the Japanese were the number two tourist in visiting, behind Americans.

  • http://aol Mike

    Some “Foreigners” don’t need ecouragement. They are here already as illegals spending our money. Too many of them have also been encouraged by our “Lawmakers”.

  • Alex Frazier

    This is funny if you ask me. We tax our businesses to death so that they move overseas. We lose the majority of our productive output. As a result of minimal productivity in the US, we buy most of our products from other countries. With our economy in a decline from a lack of jobs, which is caused by businesses leaving the US, which is caused by heavy taxation and oversight, we are paying out more in entitlements every day. Because of what the government pays out to the less fortunate, the people are taxed more. The businesses that have remained are taxed more, which means that citizens are taxed more since businesses pass that on to the consumer.

    And then they encourage the people who aren’t being taxed by us (i.e. foreigners) to buy the products we sell, which are made by the very people who sold them to us, bought back from us at a lower cost due to a deliberate debauching of our currency, which is designed, at least in part, to encourage our export trade by making the products we sell less expensive to overseas consumers.

    You just gotta laugh at the irony of it all.

  • B. Hill

    If the Federal Government just put a tariff on all goods coming into the United States from China, America would be so much better off, but they don’t.
    The United States buys from China because many American companies have moved their industry plants and people there. What does the United States need that China does not already produce? What? An American car? Don’t be silly!

    • Alex Frazier

      FYI, it was the taxes, tariffs, and oversights that forced those companies overseas in the first place. The only thing tariffs on imported goods would do is make things more expensive for us at the cash register.

      I really don’t know why people can’t understand this fundamental principle. Just take a look at your cell phone bill, your electric bill, your water bill, your cable bill, or any other bill you have for services. Look carefully and you’ll see just who is really paying the taxes, surcharges, and other fees. It’s us. Put a tariff on imported goods from China and other places and it’ll just get added to the bill.

      That’s a fact, not an opinion.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        If that’s the only thing that will happen then why is China so worried about it?? They threatened a trade war if the US does anything to try and force them to increase the value of their currency!!! They KNOW they are manipulating our markets and trying to destroy us from within by destroying our economy!!


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  • Ingus

    Tourists usually are loud and sometimes rude. First, they feel far from home and free from restricitions, at least moral ones. Second, Tourist group is psyhological “organism”. Third, The goal of tourism is importatnt. Shoping, culture, nature, drinking, sex, entertainment? The goal of a tourist impacts his/her behaviour.
    I love to enjoy peacful recreation, nature, little bit culture so my behaviour is the same as my goal, peace, silence, tranquility and respect of local culture.

  • http://n/a John Beach

    “this is the first time in the history of the United States that such measures have been taken.” If any rational thought is given to the idea, it certainly looks irrational. Why would a person from China come here to buy goods made in China unless those goods are not available in China? Tourism for the purpose of seeing the natural beauty of the National Parks of the United States makes more sense than to come for some kind of shopping spree on goods, most of which are made in countries that are closer to the countries mentioned than the U.S. is, the cost of importation/transportation of which is a greater factor in cost in the U.S. than those countries. It will not be surprising if the effort is a total failure.

  • Emoke

    This is rich. For years we have heard about the Ugly American who traveled and treated the countries he went through with a certain disdain. Do you think maybe that phenomenon is not confined only to the Americans? People are pretty much the same everywhere. You have your nice people and your arrogant “the world was created for me to wipe my feet on it” people. So why not encourage tourism? Besides a lot of the goods built in China are not available there. They are built specifically for the US businesses and not sold there. I work for a contract manufacturer which means that we built things specifically to a contract that someone gives us. I do not get to skim off a couple of their designs for me to sell on my own. That is how a lot of the manufacturing is run.

  • Ellen

    Just don’t let them drop a baby and become welfare recipients. Before we consider this shopping plan, we need to change the 14th ammendment regarding citizenship – making it automatic for babies born to citizens or mothers who are permanent legal residents only. No visitors or people here illegally qualify.

  • Joe_

    My first suspicion is that lawmakers really don’t give a rip if Chinese or other foreign visitors spend money here. I think the real goal is to just hand out easy visas and then ignore the law and allow them to stay and vote democrat. Of course, non-citizens are not supposed to vote, but we do have the motor-voter program to help overcome that tiny little discrepancy.

    If I have not learned anything else about our lawmakers, particularly the one we like to call “progressive” or “liberal” or even “moderates” is that to trust that what they say they are after to actually be what they really are after is the surest route to loss of freedom.

  • Joe_

    PS: The ultimate goal of having illegals come here and vote is simple: You can vote yourself freebies in America, if you support those candidates who will give you the soul of the country to advance their own political aspirations.

  • Violet

    So the government thinks we are penny-pinchers? Now I just wonder how that came to be? Could it be due to the uncertainty of having a job at the end of the week? Could it be that the 700+ regulations on businesses may have kept them from hiring? Could it be the high taxes that encourages companies to move overseas? Or is it just the big picture plan to kill America and replace it with Socialism? Or perhaps it’s all of the above. At any rate, if I were you, I’d take a good look around and start writing down your memories of what America was and then hide them before the government takes them so that only their version of these times exists. Good bye America. It was great while it lasted. I feel sorry for my grandchildren and my children.

  • eddie47d

    I see the paranoid fringe has once again taken over the conversation even on tourism. Tourists from other countries love our Western history (Cowboys and Indians) and other facets of our culture. They should be encouraged not discouraged from what America has to offer. They know we have more freedoms than they might have and that can be a plus when they return to their home countries.

  • 45caliber

    Well, we don’t compete with trade any more. Tourism is the only other way to get foreign money into our country.

  • Desert Rat

    Living in AZ not far from the Border with Mexico I’m used to tourist shoppers from south of the Border.

    There are the small businessmen who come here searching for used items they can refurbish to sell in Mexico. We see them driving their old pick up trucks with high sides installed on the beds, then loaded to heaping as they follow I-10 & I-19 back to Nogales, Sonora & beyond.

    There are the better off middle class who are buying better quality than they can get at home. They often are just day trippers or stay only 1 night in a moderately priced hotel.

    But we also see the wealthy who stay at the high end resorts for several days & buy out the malls!

    Biggest shopping season for the wealthy? Not Christmas. Not back to school time. Marijuana harvest! ~lol~


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