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Monday, October 23, 2006

The USA Is Better

No matter where you go, there are these main conditions, where any of these countries may have at least one of these, that make it far worse than living in the USA. You'll deseparately want to come back.

  • Bad healthcare -- sure, it's free, but you wait in tremendous lines for it and the doctor advice is "pat you on the back, send you on your way" style.

  • Welfare state -- the socialists give away too many freebies to the point of implosion. Consider Denmark, which had liberal socialists running the country for years. But when the muslim beggars kept entering the country and went on welfare to a phenomenal amount, and when their was a dramatic uptick in violence, Denmark citizens elected more conservative socialists to try and stem this uptake in street violence and high taxation necessary to sustain that welfare.

  • Low wages -- many countries don't have a minimum wage law. Starting out there might be as low as $1.00 (USD) an hour in your average food service job.

  • Bad roads -- imagine potholes known about by villagers that haven't been filled in for centuries, which the government ignores, just waiting for you to lose a tire in. Imagine driving near a cliff on a thin road that lacks a good guard rail.

  • Racism/ethnic tension. Many of these countries lacked a Martin Luther King and it is clearly evident. The schools are filled with children who divide up on racist lines and end up in fights.

  • Terrible legal system. Imagine laws that should have been stripped off the books not just a few decades ago, but try centuries ago. Imagine an expensive, byzantine-style court system with backroom deals that undermine justice.

  • Taxation without representation. There are many ways that some of these countries tax you without giving you representation for where those taxes are spent.

  • Endless Fees. In England, for instance, you even have to pay a license fee just to have a TV.

  • High taxes. Many of the more advanced countries (if you're poor, looking for the government to lend you a hand half the time) have high taxes. Forget the 50% thing we have in the USA when you add up all of a man's taxes together (sales, income, property). In many of these countries it's more like 70% when you add all those things up.

  • Monarchy. Some of these countries have an elite monarchy and close friends who do nothing but live luxuriously off some of the taxes. How fair is that?

  • Expensive fuel. Think our high gas prices are bad in the USA? Guess again. Most other world citizens don't have the bargaining power like we have, and so they get fuel at high prices. Moreover, the prices are so high that the government actually uses a floating variable taxation on top to try and stabilize the price, making it almost look like the same price each day.

  • More environmental damage. Imagine weaker environment laws in some cases, and stronger ones in others. Some of the air pollution laws are weak for some odd reason, and so you could visit some stinky cities.

  • Too cold. Some of the more advanced (on a socialism perspective) countries are too cold in the winter. Do you love spending two hours each morning to shovel your car out and then driving on icy roads? If so, then Denmark, Finland, or Sweden are for you.


  • At Mon Nov 27, 08:14:00 PM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I live in a country that suffers from bad healthcare, extremely low wages, really bad roads, a bad law system (just as bad as many others), taxation without full representation, endless fees, high taxes, more environmental damage and many other problems...
    But just as we have problems, we also have several qualities.
    I've been to USA two times and I must say that in most of Brazilian places we enjoy a wider sense o liberty than in USA.
    There is also the food, that as much as I could experiment, Brazilian available food is way better than USA.
    Anyway, there are many things that USA have and are great...
    I think that just as Brazil have a lot to learn from USA, USA could take a closer look to some aspects in Brazilian way of life and maybe find some solutions for its problems just as well.

    BTW, great comment of yours at Boycott SuSE blog!

  • At Thu Nov 30, 05:42:00 AM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually, I'd say that the UK beats you on all those points apart from the odd bad road, but that's mainly just because the cable companies are digging them up so much to improve broadband coverage. On the TV license front I don't mind paying it - the BBC is excellent and I don't see any other way you're going to get truly unbiased news reporting which is pretty important in a democracy. In fact, if you had it in the US, you might not be in the mess that you're in now - not bad value for a few quid a month!

  • At Mon Dec 11, 02:14:00 AM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    laughable. i live in Ireland - free health care, free 3rd level education, recently rated as a country with freeset press, lots of leisure time, open borders to all of europe, liberal tax free credits(yay!!), smart people, fun culture, international.

    low crime.

    i like that.

  • At Tue Jan 23, 09:05:00 PM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    YOU are talking about racism present in other countries, when YOU yourself are racist?
    Yeah, I'm commenting on your "towel-heads," "those blacks," and other remarks you've made.

  • At Mon Nov 05, 05:17:00 PM MST , Blogger Swimwatch said...

    Two words to prove you wrong: New Zealand.

  • At Tue Jul 15, 07:00:00 AM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Typical closed-minded, egocentric, capitalist, and illiterate Americans (that is not aimed at all Americans, just like 50% of them maybe). I feel sorry for people like you man, turn off Fox News, and go travel the world and see what it is really like for yourself.

  • At Wed Jul 08, 09:43:00 AM MST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Check out INDIA !


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