OK I know I made a thread about America before, and truthfully, this is something similar to that one, but not exactly the same.
Everyday, when I go online, I learn about a new problem within America. First, it was that America has no universal health care (though how 'wrong' this is is debatable), then a few days later I learn that the metric system is not officially used in America, and just recently I learned that diesel is not popular in the US even though it appears to be better than gasoline for the most part, and that some of its laws and restrictions challenge the supposed freedom the country has (strict alcohol laws, gay laws etc). I have no idea what I'll learn tomorrow.
My question is do the above points make it any better or worse to live in the US?
To put it in another way: If an American went to live in Canada or Europe, what good reason does he have to go back to his own country other than patriotism?
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
I wouldn't want to live any place else. I don't see how not using the metric system, or diesel (which we do use in our truck) would justify not wanting to live here. We have a lot of freedom here, more than most places. Naturally there are some things you cannot do here, but you can't do them most other places either.
And haven't seen ya in a while Exploder........
When i was younger i wanted to move to the United States, i still do, but apart from friends and geographical location the US doesn't seem that shiny anymore, at all.
It seems like such a harsh place to me now, everyone just looking out for #1, rampant poverty, crime, racial tension, fundie christians, ignorance, patriotism gone wild, the gun culture, crumbling infrastructure, unfair educational/healthcare system..
I'd pass completely if it wasn't home to some seriously stunning natural beauty and interesting sub cultures.
Exploder;4019298 To put it in another way: If an American went to live in Canada or Europe, what good reason does he have to go back to his own country other than patriotism?
Same reason all my psuedocanadian friends come back. Better healthcare. It may not be free but at least you dont die in a waiting line for substandard care.
I didn't make it!
well it depends on where you live, if you live in a city, yeah it sucks if you live in a more Rural/suburban area, you'll enjoy the beauty of the place especially during the Fall when the leaves turn red
The only one of those reasons that mean much is the one about health care. Canadian health care is not without it's drawbacks (wait times for non-critical ailments for one), but it certainly beats the American system any day. I like Canada, and if I were to move to the States, I would only go to California, because I have a lot of relatives there.
I used to want to move out of the US, but not so much anymore, because I realized the problems everything thinks the US has are for a large part unimportant. Like, why the heck does it matter if we use the metric system or not?
17th June 2002
Exploder;4019298To put it in another way: If an American went to live in Canada or Europe, what good reason does he have to go back to his own country other than patriotism?
Lower taxes. More freedom. More money. Cheaper, larger, more readily available houses. Better national anthem. Cooler movies. Fat women (if you're into BBWs at least). Mustangs. Sucky working hours, though.
I've lived in a few other countries due to my job. I lived in Germany when I was younger, and eventually got the chance to live in England, and Spain. Outside of Europe, I have lived in Japan, Korea, and the Phillipines. But I gotta say, I prefer the US over anything. It's just a lifestyle preference. I like the 24-hour life, the people who are a lot more willing to help you (whereas in Germany they had to make it a law that they have to stop at the site of an accident if they are the first to pass by, because otherwise they'd keep going), and the different varieties of landscapes to enjoy. We have warm sugar-white beaches (where I'm from), tall mountains, deserts and grasslands. Hell, go to Hawaii and you'll have volcanoes. It's not just patriotism that brings me back home, but just all the things you can do here. Face it, healthcare sucks everywhere. If it didn't wouldn't we be living much longer than we are now?? Into our 100's and 200's?
That's not my point though, forget the problems. Get good insurance and live in a great town and you're good to go. That's what I've been doing pretty much, and I wouldn't wanna live elsewhere.
It's all up to you what you think of the US. I wouldn't knock it till you tried it.
Things i like about the US -More disposable income -Cheap and widespread hunting/fishing -Cheaper cost of living -Larger living spaces -Better healthcare (im a vet so its free nyah nyah) -I can own lots of guns cause shooting things is fun -Imperial system of measurement. Tools made 60 years ago in inch pattern, work TODAY in inch pattern. -Country girls -Latina's -girls of differing ethnic groups all together -food.
Things that suck -The government -Urban centers -public education -the entertainment industry -American Cars. (except for the Mustang, Charger, Challenger and new camaro. The 'vette is sweet too) -...the police.