Nevermind just looking

The Democrats and the Obama Administration want to punch a gift horse in the mouth.

By Michael Hill’s estimation, 90 percent of the people pumping gas at his station just south of the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state are Canadians.

Gas north of the 49th parallel, he said, is about $1.30 per gallon more expensive than in the United States. But that’s not the only product that Canadians seek in visits to Washington state: Beer, wine and milk are significantly cheaper (beer and wine alone are roughly half the price in the U.S.).

Add a strong Canadian dollar and the result is a key element of the economy in the towns of Whatcom County. For example, the town of Blaine, population just shy of 5,000, generates over $225,000 from a penny per gallon gas tax, which is about 30 percent of its street maintenance budget.

That’s why Hill and others are troubled by the notion of charging a fee to enter the U.S. by land. Last month, in its 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, the Department of Homeland Security requested permission to study a fee at the nation’s land border crossings.

“It’s a deterrent,” said Hill, whose station is fully stocked with wine and has a reader board that says “Thank you Canadians.”

“They should be doing anything they can to get them down here to buy more,” he added.

It’s like the government really does hate us.

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2 Responses to Nevermind just looking

  1. Da Nukevet says:

    Hey! I’m one of those Canadians looking for a good deal. If only Calgary were a little closer to the border, dammit.

    Hi, Phil – was just lurking to be sure you’ve kept the grass mowed and the place in general good repair. I love the fact that RNS is still a “place” on the internet.

    Going for my restricted license up here next week – so I can finally move my handguns and AK up from Texas.

    Hope all is well,


  2. harp1034 says:

    The Canadians will have to take lessons from the Mexicans on how to get across the border without papers.

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