My second post of the day is also on protectionism, but a strange kind. Apparently, some folks in Washington (the state) are upset that their Costco's parking lot is full of Canadian vehicles because the Canadians are running south for cheap goods and gas. The locals are frustrated that those who come to put money in the local and national economies are filling up the parking lot. What to do, what to do?
You could blame Obama, I am sure. But I think you have to blame America and freedom. That the big box store that Costco exemplifies is such a celebration of "the pursuit of happiness" via consumption and saving money via buying in bulk that resistance is, indeed, futile.
I am too lazy to run down to northern NY for Costco--we have one in Ottawa twenty minutes from my house. My neighbors, however, did enjoy the hell out of the outlet shopping they sought as part of their summer vacation near American lakes, beaches and cities. Low sales taxes, great discounts--the American way.
So, residents of Washington, before you protest your parking difficulties, remember that there is nothing more American than buying stuff you probably do not need as long as it is on sale.