Gary´s Blog: Panama´s New Requirements to Cross Their Border Part 2

December 31, 2014

From: Gary

Morning, a couple days after last entry…

I asked Tami not to post that last entry until I got through the border crossing, so that I could share all that I learned…
 
Tami basically had to buy an $800 one way ticket to Miami.

With this and the other requirements, I went back to the crossing.

The guy on the Tico side suggested I go check with the Panama side first to make sure they were content before he checked me out for the third time…Which I then did… They were fine now that I had a useless and costly ticket.  So, back to the CR side to check out, after also taking a bus to the next town inside CR and back to pay the $8 exit tax for the third time..  
 
I got checked through, and took the opportunity to let the immigration guys on the RP side know that I wasn’t going to be resentful towards them…. I had also thanked the guys on the CR side for their help…
 
Then I went grocery shopping in a Chinese market, for mostly staples under price controls by the RP government. (RP= Republic of Panama)
 
I filled a feed sack with about 60 plus pounds of flour, lentils, etc. and packed it across the little town, to just catch my bus already leaving..   
 
Finally! Legal! and packing the heavy food Tami has a harder time with..  Our’s is the last stop, then another kilometer of sack packing to camp…
 
Courage was super happy dog to see me back, and Tami was relieved that Id finally made it through…  it had used up four days of our lives just to make what used to be 15 minute border crossing happen…
 
It had also delayed us from closing our land deal by a couple weeks….
 
After getting something to eat, I let my buddy in Mexico know that I’d finally made it through, and suggested we might search online to see if there had been related reports yet….
 
I then did a Google search under Panama Immigration Problems…and was astounded to find a litany of horror stories and articles about Panama Immigration…
 
Basically what has happened is that Panama changed their Immigration department and laws, and have created a nightmare monster situation for themselves and tourists….
 
The intent was to streamline and facilitate immigration and residency, and to promote tourism….
 
But what they did was remove judicial over sight and create a bureaucracy that could jail or fine anyone that was a foreigner on basically pretenses…  A run away branch of government that has been racially profiling Asian Americans at airports etc.  Also doing Road checkpoints in popular tourism areas and doing mass arrests, and going to peoples´ homes and arresting them, also going to North American owned businesses and arresting clients etc.  In one case the business owner protested, and also was arrested, and was hand cuffed to a steel pipe in a jail cell for three days and not allowed contact with his lawyer, even though the guy is a legal resident etc…
 
In other words, its become a Nazi department with somebody power tripping completely opposite of original intent…
 
This is potentially fatal to tourism, which is one of the pillars of the RP economy..  And this has been going on for about a year…
 
Interestingly enough, I also learned RP has also been granted special  immigration status in the US at the same time… One of only four countries to have it, making it a cake walk for Panamanians to go to the US….
 
My buddy smelled a Rat in the US government… That perhaps they are involved, that this might be connected to their attempts to limit the mass Exodus of Americans and their money from the US…
 
My buddy has seen his retirement taxed at 50%, and the Obama administration wants an additional 30% tax on all monies off-shored by common Americans, while at the same time facilitating corporate off-shoring…
 
Basically they are creating an Economic Iron Curtain for you Rainbow Cotton Pickers…  
 
In other words, if you wait to retire, you will be having Cat Food Christmas in the US, or can leave with nothing, to be harassed by Puppet governments elsewhere…. 
 
Anyway, tourism is big in Panama…. but since the ’08 crash in the US, tourism  has gone downhill in all these countries….  And this Rogue Immigration department in RP will literally undermine the country’s economy and reputation….
 
Which is sad, as the Panamanians are the people most like us…And their system of democracy is like a carbon copy of the US’s…
 
Really this is all an exercise in human stupidity… Even to the racial profiling of ethnic Asian tourists etc..This is not like Panama at all… Panama has always had its own Asian  component since the days of canal construction… Just like the US and the Railroad construction in the 1800’s….

 
What we have here is a lesson in what can happen if you improve something in government, without considering unintended consequences… 
 
Which is also something that has been happening continually in the US for at least the last century…
 
I suggest you read up on this issue on line…
 
Sleep little sheep sleep… 
The Wolves are in the paddock sliding stealthily towards your throats…
 
Deny the smell, until its too late to do anything except scream….
 
History always repeats itself…  only the victims and what the abusers title themselves ever changes…
 
sleep little sheep,,,,
 
sleep….
 
 
 
Read the conclusion in the next blog entry….

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