- Government announces that passports will be mandatory next January for travel to Canada and Mexico and that some new kind will be mandatory this summer.
- People with travel plans in the works dutifully apply for passports.
- Government is shocked--shocked!--to see that people are applying for passports in record numbers. From the Washington Post: "'We simply did not anticipate Americans' willingness to comply so quickly with the new laws,' Maura Harty, assistant secretary of state for consular affairs, said in a written statement to a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee." Apparently more than 110,000 passport applications are "piled in closets, the supervisor's office, and the break room."
If you tell people they can't go out of the country if they don't comply, why would you be surprised if they try to comply? That's like being a McDonald's manager and saying "Who knew that people would show up for lunch and that there'd be a noon rush?"
[Edited to add: I forgot the big one! Summer school is over and the grades are in--whoopee!]