THIS IS NOT A TROLL THREAD!
ok, I wanted to have a somewhat light and "happy" thread about the pro's of the USA.
First I was going to go with comparisons in places like North Korea, China, etc..
But thats too simple, they are not even remotely on the same level...its like comparing a ferrari to a coal powered motor scooter.
I decided then to go with the country most loved by us generally, the UK...and more specifically, England.
our Independence day celebration is based off of breaking off from England and starting our own nation (Which England gladly accepted with no fuss
Anyhow, its hard as hell to figure out what is actually better between the US and England...the nations quality of life generally are matched point
for point, which makes it even more interesting on the minor differences. And yep, there are differences...so, what is better then.
Well, lets start with the ole boob tube.
In the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies, any household watching or recording television transmissions must purchase a television licence,
every year. As of 2010, this costs £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for black and white. The licence is required to receive any television
transmission, whether it is received via terrestrial, satellite, cable, or the Internet. A licence is not, and never has been, required simply to
possess a TV set, for the purpose of watching pre-recorded content, or use as a monitor for video games or computers. Although income from the licence
is primarily used to fund the television, radio and online services of the BBC, a licence is needed to view all broadcast channels, including
commercial services. Total levies from the licence fee were £3.45 billion in 2009–10 of which £556 million or 16% was provided by the
Government through concessions for those over the age of 75.
Now, this is something that I found sucked when I lived over there.
Every television in the house, if plugged in, requires you to pay the government for the opportunity to play the signals shot in your house anyhow.
This money is used to pay off their stations, and that makes sense, but the whole philosophy is screwy (We will blast signals into your home...should
you have a device that makes sense of it, you must pay)
In America, the average person has 63 televisions in their home (give or take). Putting a rule in like this would have many simply melt down into
I am not a gun owner...unless the gun is made of pixels, then I am ultimately not a fan. I prefer swords..however, I do understand the enjoyment of
gun ownership (I once owned a BB Gun, I was a mightly slayer of tin cans).
In the UK, you can own a shotgun if your a farmer...otherwise, nope...no collections, no handguns, etc...hell, even the average cop is left with
little more than a billy club and a array of sarcastic remarks to stop crime.
This point can be argued either way...sure, murder and other violent crimes are far less than america, however percentagewise, the english have to
deal with more burglery and other "minor" crimes.
Tradeoff? debateable..but its a difference that some would consider unacceptable (hold dead hands and whatnot).
And they are going to be in poor shape for the coming zombie apocolypse
Rate Dividend income Savings income Other income (inc employment) Band (above prsnl allowance)
Lower rate N/A 10% N/A £0 - £2440 applies only if
total income falls in this band
Basic rate 10% 20% 20% £0 - £37,400
Higher rate 32.5% 40% 40% over £37,400
Additional rate 42.5% 50% 50% over £150,000
So, here in America, we are flipped out that millionares may be taxed at 39%, yet the UK simply taxes anyone over 150k (sterling, thats what..about
200k USD?) is 50%.
This fuels the many social programs (NHS, University, etc). So, the bling bling golden pools are a bit less common over there...and we love our
(Personally, I have no issue with the tax rate, just wanted to toss this in for perspective)
The english are creatures in the mist.
The average temperature (if you take all year and average it out) is 55 degrees(f) and they average at about 1457.4 hours of sunlight. Thats not a
This is a source of general pride for many, its a symbol of history and heritage..basically its their tourist trap.
In saying that, with the links to nazi's, the power they still hold and use (see shutdown of canadian government by order of the queen), and the
forced taxpayer money going to support their existance, the whole structure itself is redundant and absurd.
We have our "royalty"...our famous tourist trap types...and we love them overall..however, their existance is built on the willful money sent to
them by people (through movie sales, record sales, etc)...there is no threat of reposession on your crap or potential jail if you fail to give to
I am curious what you personally would suggest is better about America than England
Either way, happy Independence day ATS...
And to the english currently grumbling at this thread and ready to throw your tea at the monitor, Know that we jab because we love