a reply to: xuenchen
When I was writing my first post, I had not read the article through. Just my answer to socialism. Although now after reading the article, I can
honestly say it made my day, had a nice laugh
I truly hope it would be satire, although the possibility is low. I thought to answer the list he
posted. As I noticed, some already have, just a bit different perspective from this part of Europe (North-East, EU member).
There is no Central Air. They use dinky radiator-heaters in winter.
Why use Central Air? In summers it is usually about 80 degrees, maximum 90s. In winters it is very cold, up to -13, sometimes even colder
Gasoline is $7-$10 dollars a gallon because of government taxes, taxes Mr. Obama dreams of.
The distances most people travel are non-existent. Maximum I see is up to 50 miles a day, if you live in city, it comes less than 10 miles a day. When
the tax would be lower, infrastructure would suffer a lot. At the same time, as I mentioned, the public transport system is very efficient and is
free-of-charge, so most people use it.
People can’t afford mortgages unless they are 50-year mortgages.
20-25 is most common mortgage. Generally prices of apartments are relatively cheap. Around 150-200 dollars per square foot in the central part of
capital, much cheaper in outskirts, like 15-30 minutes away from central part
Consumers have no rights.
We don´t sue companies, I do not even know whether there is a right or not. There is right to complain though, right to protest, right to not be
The standards for products, whether health or environmental are superior to US though. Just looking at the list of banned chemicals from foods is
enough, compared to FDA. The service of companies I have dealt with is good. Getting in touch with them has never been a problem, first phone call is
Closets do not exist.
You mean rooms? Why get a room for clothes??? I just buy a wardrobe and keep my stuff there...
You can’t wash your car in your own driveway and must go to an environment-friendly car wash and pay through the nose for it.
No idea about that one. Seems common sense though, considering all the chemicals that are washed off. Should be legal round here though, most people I
know wash their cars themself.
Every item of garbage you throw out must be color-coded.
It is not fully required, although it is required for every house to have separate trash bins for bottles, organic, waste paper. Everything else goes
to the main one. In the end, after using some product, it is normal in my eyes to expect people to sort it, so the left-overs would get recycled...
You must get government approval before you register your child’s name on a birth certificate.
No idea about that one. Personally I dont care. I would name my child Hitler anyways, normal names.
There are no gun rights.
Anybody who wants can get a gun, if they pass the psych evaluation, do not have a criminal record, addiction problems and are willing to go through
Hunting and fishing requires government-mandated training, tests, fees, licenses, permits and endless other restrictions.
It is normal to
expect that one. Overfishing during the last decades have caused serious issues. The amount of fish in Baltic Sea is becoming lower and lower. If
nothing is regulated, sooner or later the species would die out and no one could fish. Same applies to animals. People do not know the limits and if
everyone hunted as they pleased it would extinct many species.
It is illegal to have extreme views and they get to decide what is extreme. Flipping someone off is a crime.
Not round here. So far I have heard only once there has been punishment because of extreme views. It was a very hateful comment towards holocaust.
Nothing else. Generally extremist views are accepted. Anybody can believe whatever they want, just dont push it on others or do extreme act.
They have banned two-thirds of the top 1,000 YouTube videos.
Ranked 1st in internet freedom. Even piracy (for self-use) is legal, so...
It costs thousands of dollars to get a license and own a car. There are speed cameras everywhere and everyone must have a $1 million of auto
Car school+around 100 dollars for exams. The rules are high though, 1 hour drive, 3 mistakes allowed. I see it positive rather than negative, as
anybody getting licence should go through extensive training so not to set the lives of others in danger.
Germans only work 36-39 hours a week, the French work 35 hours.
And is it bad, when you earn enough from that amount and have more time to spend with family and friends? For most people, as long as you earn enough
to live reasonably well, family and friends are more important than getting all the stuff.
In The Netherlands, you have to pay taxes to park your car in our own driveway.
No idea, nothing like that here.
In Germany, people live on top of one another.
Apartments are common in Europe. Most people I know do not even want a house, so getting a
house is rare. Easier to move around from apartment, cheaper to live + why do you need so much space anyways? I get it when it is a large family, but
for a small one, like 2 kids, 4-room apartment is enough...
Throughout Europe, the showers run cold and have little pressure.
The washers and dryers take several hours and do a terrible job.
Generally the speed is same as in US as the companies providing the
equipment are the same. Just costs a little more due to environmental standards.
There are no second job opportunities
Huh? ANybody can get, most dont want, as you need some private time as well, for family, friends. These
are values that top the second job for most people.
there is no bettering oneself.
... Self-improvement is valued a lot. Universities are free-of-charge, there is endless amount of different
trainings you can get (government/company-paid). Entrepreneurship is encouraged and the rates are higher per capita than in US...
10-6-2014 by Cabin because: (no reason given)