Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fee To Flee

(from CNN)
Before being evacuated on U.S.-chartered ships, Americans are being asked to sign promissory notes to repay the U.S. government for the journey.
That demand outraged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said the United States has an obligation to get citizens out of harm's way without "quibbling over payment."
"A nation that can provide more than $300 billion for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon," the California Democrat said in a statement. "I call upon the president to remove one worry from the minds of stranded American citizens in Lebanon and their families back home by declaring immediately that their country will bear the costs of bringing them to safety."
White House spokesman Tony Snow said Tuesday that the payments -- or "reimbursements" -- to the State Department were mandated under the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act passed by Congress.


hmmm...i suppose a small price to pay in return for being swept to safety from a foreign country one has chosen to live in. however, pelosi does have a point. makes me wonder...

9 comments:

lecram sinun said...

Yeah, I read about this a couple of days ago... and am begining to reconsider American citizenship.

scarysquirrelman said...

notice how bush's mouthpiece hides behind an existing law on this? yet, up until now they have beeen flouting every law already in place if it didn't mesh with their viewpoint.

Mintzworks said...

I was first outraged, and agreed with our gal Nancy, but I guess I do understand the law...I wonder if they would charge double for all those expats living in Prague?

Still, this is clearly unconstitutional discrimination against the poor unless there's an option where you can claim poverty and not have to pay.

Maybe this is why all those Katrina victims weren't evacuated! Brothahs couldn't pony up the dough.

Does it say anywhere how much the charge fee is?

scarysquirrelman said...

i doubt very seriously that the administration is going to want to discuss specific dollars and i wouldn't be surprised if there's an omerta clause in the promissory note.
as for discrimination against the poor i've never heard of poor americans who live abroad unless they are wandering 20-somethings busking for a living.
what really gets me is that our lawmakers have placed a monetary value on the lives of their fellow americans.

Lacquer, Semi-Gloss Lacquer said...

Cost of Gunship escort:
5,000.00
Price of Gunship:
3.8 Million
(2) Gunships

Cost of fuel for truck to haul you out of hot zone. 10.00 (....westBank, lotsa oil,,, Schmuel, make a phone call.)

Cost of HumVee truck, (not quite like those found in N.E. Fresno)
70,000.00
(without A/C)

Cost of Deoderant
(trick question, it's the westBank, and they don't wear any.)

Singing along with the armed guard who are driving your sorry ass at 85mph through the checkpoints, past roadmines, at the top of your lungs to:
'No Sleep 'till Brooklyn,' -by the Beasties???

-priceless.

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