So I'm in a bar in the U.K. and make a new Scottish friend. As we drink and talk through the night he asks me a fairly simple question. "Why am I only allowed to come to the U.S. for six months a year?" The rest of the story is this:
He is retired military and owns a home in the U.S. as well as Spain. He is allowed to come to his home in the U.S. each year and spend money but for only six months. He is retired, has no desire to work anymore and is financialy secure. There would be no loss of jobs to immigrant labor in his case, he is more than willing to spend money (i.e. full year health insurance only for the U.S. and full year golf club membership) and be a productive part of his community in Florida. The comment was made that "my" president has said in numerous situations that there is a special friendship and cooperation between the UK and the USA, why then can he not get a full year visa. If the US is truly in a special relation ship with the UK then I think that we should offer full-non working year long visa's to individuals desiring to come to the US to retire.