Posted on February 15, 2013 by USCitizenAbroad Posted in Issues regarding US persons abroad 8 Comments Amazing!! Amazing!! Amazing!! Florida won’t require Canadians to have international drivers license thestar.com/news/gta/2013/… – Earth to Florida!!! Are you nuts?? — U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) February 15, 2013 Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
lol…yes in Florida the clock ticks different
It’s typical of lawmakers in the US to overlook and ignore the impacts of their laws on Canadians, their largest trading partners and most numerous visitors. FATCA and extra-territorial taxation are, of course, more serious instances of the same phenomenon. The only way to get their attention, it seems, is to stop visiting them in large numbers.
They aren’t so much “ignoring” as not realizing that they need to consider this at all. They probably think the rest of the world is just like Florida. But, this is an insane law by any standard. How are the car rental companies in Florida supposed to stay in business if an International license is required? No, this is simply identifying one problem (Florida police can’t read certain Drivers licenses) and trying to solve it without any consideration of the consequences of the solution. This is stupid regardless of who it is applied to.
At least their legislators have the common sense to realize that they have written a law that hurts their economy and that may violate international law. The members of the U.S. Congress and the sole occupant of the executive branch do not have that same ability.
Of course in the case of Florida, it is much easier to see the immediate damage. Or maybe it’s that Congress and the President can’t see at all.
Have you been following @_FloridaMan ? https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan
Each tweet quotes a real-life headline about someone from the Sunshine State who has strayed from the straight and narrow.
Maybe you should start an @_CanadianMan twitter account.
NPR, “All Things Considered” did a story just yesterday
The UK Daily Mail’s take on this:
“Florida in car hire confusion after ‘Mickey Mouse’ law for visiting drivers is put on hold”
Who was it who said the bast way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it strictly? It certainly seems to have worked with this one. It helps that the fallout was immediate, straightforward and very obvious in the area where the law was made. Unfortunately, FATCA fallout is unlikely to be so obvious and easy to understand.