yea well everything is generally cheap in the United States. some of what you all experience down under has to do with where in the world you are.
it's a logistic nightmare, to be sure.
and please don't tell eveyone how much you pay for petrol (gas) down there...people's heads would explode.
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I'm not sure that's a fair argument... Since everything comes from China these days, there's not that much difference between China and the US and
China and Australia. It's essentially the same distance.
The real problem is that we rely too much on imports, which have high tax. And why? Because if we buy Australian grown produce, we not only have to
spend more due to the fact that the farmers are all broke and need money to live, but the government sees putting high taxes on Australian grown goods
is somehow a good thing. That means, if I live next door to an Australian farm, it would be cheaper to go down the street to a supermarket and buy my
produce than it is to get it off the guy next door.
"Well, you get what you pay for" you may be thinking. And I would agree with you, if it wasn't for the extremely high cost of everything else in
Australia. Petrol, food, power - hell, we still pay the highest price for internet in the world despite having an average speed of something that
resembles dial-up from 1994.
But to recap all the issues in this country;
- We have a government elected on secret, undisclosed promises formed from Prime Minister Gillard and independents; not on the collective votes of the
people. It would almost be alright if they would disclose what these secret "promises" are...
- We pay more money for everything. Period. Housing, medical, food, fuel, energy... you name it, we pay more than any other country
- Our government thinks that adding a carbon tax will boost the state's coffers, bringing their budget back to surplus regardless of the fact that
our roads are full of potholes, no new cities have been built since the 1950's, no one has a job and hospitals are over stressed. Let's borrow 50
Billion from China if it means we fix up the country, not to cover idiotic election promises (really? taxpayers buy every child a computer??
- The population is growing faster than infrastructure - meaning that in 30-odd years, there'll simply be more people than houses or available jobs.
There's only one real person in this country that seems to have an idea on all the issues, and yet he gets laughed at and made to look like a fool.
Not unlike Ron Paul - www.australiangeographic.com.au...
- One of the biggest issues this country faces is our stupid media. This is a problem, because these media companies make the most slanderous claims
against seemingly random people in our government. This causes our entire political system to worry most about only one thing; staying out of
headlines. Can you fathom the issues this causes? Things like singer Eminem swears a lot, so the government bans him from the country; all in the name
of looking good on the 6 o'clock news... That's but one example, there are of course, millions of others (like the whole "boat people"
- Police officers are increasingly KILLING people. Almost every day in the news now, there's a case of cops shooting people. And we can't defend
ourselves, we have no guns. Sorry, those who can afford to pay off local councils have guns, the rest of us just have to hope not to get shot on our
way to work
- And then there's work... the average aussie works something like 60 hours a week! Why? because big employers can get away with it, and since small
businesses quickly go out of business, we all seem to work for big employers. Not that we have the right to overtime...
This is just scratching the surface though. Gillard also wants to break away from the monarchy... A government wanting absolute power? God help us
all... Though this raises an interesting point: No republic should ever be formed on the will of a government - We, the people, must be the ones to
DEMAND this kind of change; not "vote" on it because the pro-republic TV commercials were prettier...