I am on the downside of a vacation to America's Caribbean, the United States Virgin Islands. We slept exclusively on St. John, but flew into St. Thomas and drove on both islands.
Throughout the course of our driving, we were confronted with a number of "Funded by the American Recovery and Re-investment Act" signs--annoying as they are. This of course led me to grasp that my tax dollars were busy at work, with the little bridge we crossed to and from Cruz Bay, and in the blacktop job further into town--not to mention several projects between the airport and the ferry on St. Thomas.
So someone--anyone--tell me why in the hell I just had to go through customs before the security check? If my GD tax money is good enough to fund crappy little bridge projects down here, and the folks who live here are also US citizens, why the need to go through customs?
What is the impact of this? Well, I couldn't check in/print boarding passes online for US AIR...because it is treated like an "international flight". So instead of boarding group 3--which I got all the way here because I could checkin online in the US (or at least the 50 states of the US), even getting to the airport 2.75 hours early only got me check in group 5--setting me up for overhead space wars.
But it is really bigger than that. Is this part of our country or not?