Back from Costa Rica...the USA has hands in All Cookie Jars (_)Submitted by takeaction on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 09:58
Just got back and boy things are changing worldwide.....Summer has just started and the weather is GORGEOUS... but some interesting things have happened just in the few months I have been away. First off the dollar has fallen substantially against the local currency and it even fell 1% more while I was there....in just 9 days. Also inflation has hit hard on food prices, property, fuel, etc. What used to be great deals now costs more than the United States (Like Cucumbers & Tomatoes)and they also have a Costco called "PriceSmart" and talk about inflation...yikes. Everything is triple...compared to here. Another interesting point that I need to make is that the locals will no longer accept the "Dollar" because they feel it is too unstable (Which is a joke, because the Costa Rican currency is pegged to the dollar). I was buying some groceries at the local market, and when I was paying, I tried to pay in dollars which I have always done in the past and was denied. No more dollars.
The Costa Rican Government also just had to print a $40 (US) bill. If this is not the sign of the times. The $20 (US) bill was the highest they made, and people would resist taking such a big bill, but now the $40 bill has arrived. In Costa Rica, the money is approx 500 colones (Pronounced Colone-ease) to $1. So this is a 20,000 colone note ($40 US). A 50,000 colones note is coming. Here is a picture of it...
Next, as I went to the bank, new laws have been enacted now requiring United States IRS forms for banking in Costa Rica. Can you believe that? My friend who has been in Costa Rica for over 13 years went to buy a new car and they required a W-4 form from the United States. Also for me to make a small deposit just to keep my bank account open they needed to verify many US items that I have never encountered before.
Also Costa Rica is revaluing all of the land down there to increase taxes. The taxes are super cheap right now on property....that is going away.
Random Police stops to check your papers have popped up around the country, the same as the US. They don't check for anything, just trying to get people accustomed to being stopped with police with machine guns.
Also the push for using credit cards is huge. Most Costa Ricans did not want credit cards, but Visa and Mastercard did a promotion 2 years ago unlike anything I have ever seen....50% Off most things if you pay with credit card. This was brilliant. It took Costa Rica by storm...now, guess what.....everybody has a credit card.
All of the writing is on the wall for a one world government and policed world by the US as well as a cashless and tracked society. It is amazing to watch this happen.
It is also interesting that the airlines to buy food or drink during the flight no longer accepts cash.
And I couldn't finish my little report without talking about the TSA agents. Every time I travel I watch these people and look at their demeanor as well as how they handle their job, and I always listen to little gems in their comments. This time a couple of the TSA people were arguing over their 15 minute break as you would expect from a Wal-Mart style employee. The attention that they give to their job is next to nothing. I am not going to say any more....but the TSA is a disgrace to the United States on many levels. Also the backscatter x-ray machines were gathering dust in Dallas, that was a nice surprise!