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Citizenship for Sale

by: the Common Constituionalist

Remember back in the good old days, during the George W. Bush era? You recall don’t you? Back when we only had a big government progressive Republican in the White House? Yeah, Obama kingthose were the days. Also remember how often he was called a fascist, a dictator or King? Ah,  the days of innocence and ignorance. Thankfully, we now see what a real aspiring dictator looks like, instead of just some wanna-be.

Now recall what some far left liberals, like that big ball of hate Alec Baldwin said. If Bush wins reelection, he would pack up and leave the country. Sadly for the rest of us, he didn’t.

If I recall correctly, it was either Limbaugh or Hannity that even offered him a first-class, one-way plane ticket to anywhere he wished to go. Now Mr. Baldwin may have balked at the offer because it was difficult and could be quite expensive to become a citizen of another nation.

Well evidently, at least the citizenship portion of the relocation has been solved and one does not have to be a gazillionare to accomplish it. The tiny island nations of Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean have developed a relatively reasonable price for citizenship.

Other countries offer citizenship by-ins. They are called “investor visas”. Countries that offer them include Great Britain, Ausst-kitts-nevistria, Canada and even the United States.

The U.S. program allows visas for a $1 million investment in a U.S. business employing at least 10 people or $500,000 in designated economically depressed areas. The investor can apply for permanent residence in two years and seek citizenship after five more. Demand in Canada is so great that the country stopped accepting new applications in July of 2012.

Unlike these developed countries, the citizenship process for these Caribbean islands is much faster, less expensive and relatively simple. A foreigner can qualify for citizenship in St. Kitts with a $250,000 donation to a fund for retired sugar workers or with a minimum real estate investment of $400,000. The minimum contribution in Dominica is only $100,000. The whole process, including background chinvestor-visaecks, can take as little as 90 days in St. Kitts. And there’s no need to ever live on the islands, or even visit.

The programs have become quite popular to those with means in the Middle East and North Africa as things become more tumultuous and unpredictable. In that region, some are looking at this as a way to more easily escape if regional conflicts deteriorate further.

It’s such a booming business that a Dubai-based company is building a 4 square mile community in St. Kitts where investors can buy property and citizenship at the same time. In its first phase, some 375 shareholders will get citizenship by investing $passport-for-sale400,000 each in the project, which is expected to include a 200-room hotel and a mega-yacht marina. Others will get passports for buying one of 50 condominium units.

“The more they fight over there (the Middle East), the more political problems there are, the more applications we get here,” said Victor Doche, managing director of another company that offers for condominium projects where approved buyers are granted citizenship in St. Kitts, which is less than twice the size of Washington DC.

American author Neil Strauss, who resides in Los Angeles, wrote of securing citizenship in St. Kitts in his 2009 book on survivalists preparedness, “Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life.”

Strauss said, “The same way we have a backup drive on her computer in case the hard drive explodes, I just felt like I wanted a backup citizenship in case the same thing happened to my country.” Like most economic citizens of St. Kitts, he rents out his island property.

Antigua and Barbuda is launching its own citizenship program. The island of Grenada has hinted they may revive their program, which was suspended after September 11, 2001.

So fear not conservatives. You may stop asking yourselves, “Where will we go when the country eventually sinks into the socialist abyss that it is fast tracking toward?

Just print out a map of the Caribbean, pin it up on the wall, grab a dart, close your eyes and throw.

 

Attribution: David McFadden, Associated Press

Underwater Hotel

Rooms with a spectacular sea view! Dubai unveils plan for world’s largest  underwater hotel

With its extravagant buildings and masses of  multimillionaires, Dubai can certainly not be accused of being  understated.

But the United Arab Emirates state could soon  have an addition to its array of opulent dwellings, with the introduction of the  world’s largest underwater hotel.

Already featuring some of the world’s most  extravagant resorts, the Water Discus hotel will allow guests to enjoy the high  life at a subterranean level.

Plans: Designs for the Water Discus hotel, which is due to be built in Dubai
 Designs for the Water Discus hotel, which is due  to be built in Dubai

 

Luxury: The hotel has been designed by Polish company Deep Ocean Technology
The hotel has been designed by Polish company  Deep Ocean Technology

 

Room with a view: Interior designs for the hotel, which will be made of up two huge discs, one below water and one above
 Interior designs for the hotel, which  will be made of up two huge discs, one below water and one above

The hotel is the brainchild of Polish company  Deep Ocean Technology, assisted by Swiss firm BIG InvestConsult AG.

The bizarrely shaped building, looking more  akin to something you would travel to space in rather than go for a luxury  break, comprises two large disc-shaped sections, connected by a long narrow  shaft containing stairs and a lift.

Five legs will separate to two main  components, one of which is located underwater, when it is built.

Guests will be able to stay in the hotel’s 21  rooms, designed to ‘integrate with the  underwater world as closely as possible’.

Those willing to delve below the surface will  also be greeted by a dive center and an underwater bar.

Sleeping with fish: The hotel will feature 21 luxury suites
 The hotel will feature 21 luxury  suites

 

 

Subterranean drinking: The underwater facilities also include a dive centre and bar
 The underwater facilities also  include a dive center and bar

Investment: The project has also been backed by Swiss company BIG InvestConsult AG.
 The project has also been backed by Swiss  company BIG InvestConsult AG.

Incredibly, the hotel designers say that its  modular design means it is transferable and can be moved in case of  environmental or economic concerns.

The upper pods are also buoyant and  detachable from the main building, doubling as lifeboats, if the hotel is struck  by a natural disaster.

The Water Discus is not the first hotel to  venture underwater – the three-room Jules Undersea Lodge off Key Largo, Florida,  features three underwater rooms, while the Maldives also has a number of  underwater ventures.

Disaster: The designers claim the individual pod are buoyant and will be able to float in case of a natural disaster
 The designers claim the individual pods are  buoyant and will be able to float in case of a natural disaster

Night view: The underground and subterranean sections are separated by a main shaft, containing stairs and a lift, and five legs
The underground and subterranean sections  are separated by a main shaft, containing stairs and a lift, and five legs

 

Boardroom: Although the hotel could the most expansive underwater hotel, other hotels across the world have underwater rooms
 Although the hotel could the most expansive  underwater hotel, other hotels across the world have underwater rooms

But the Dubai creation is certainly the most  innovative.

Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG,  said: ‘Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the  hotel and tourism sector, housing and city sector in the coastal off-shore  areas, as well as new  opportunities for ecology support by creation of new  underwater  ecosystems and activities on underwater world protection.

‘Additionally we would like to  create here  in the UAE the International Environmental Program and  Center of the Underwater  World Protection – with Water Discus Hotel as a laboratory tool for oceans and  seas environment protection and  research.’

Tourism: Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG, said: 'Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the hotel and tourism sector'
Bogdan Gutkowski, President of developer BIG,  said: ‘Water Discus Hotel project opens many new fields of development for the  hotel and tourism sector’
Attribution: Mario Ledwith, Mail Online