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Originally posted by The X
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by Asktheanimals
oh but that's socialism and isn't American, so no way you guys can have that...
Ah that's a loaded statement. Yes, Europe's social programs in some places are amazing, but are you willing to pay the extra tax to pay for it?
I sure am, most people aren't.
52% of the discretionary budget was spent on the military in 2011. medicare,mediacaid, food stamps, and all the other "social securities" and everything else was funded on 48% of the annual budget.
Your taxes could pay for so much more. if it wasn't being spent protecting corporate interests with military hardware.
Originally posted by Wotan
Well all I can say is, dont complain about Socialist Policies if you want the same deal as European workers. Remember, it took Trade Unions and Political parties many years to obtain the workers rights that exist in Europe plus two world wars.
If US citizens want the same rights as Europeans, then you had better get used to paying taxes.
As a comparison to some others who have stated what they have:
I work a 37.5 hour week (some weeks are days, some nights).
I am entitled to 41 days annual leave (this includes Bank Holidays)
I am entitled to 6 months sick leave at full pay, followed by 6 months at half pay should I become ill or injured.
Maternity leave is 1 year with job fully protected and paid. Paternity leave is about 4 weeks (I think).
I work 3 x 12.5 hr days (0730-2100), this can include weekends and Bank Holidays (which I get back as annual leave).
I am entitled to take paid time as study leave for mandatory/course training.
I am entitled to claim back any days whilst sick when I am on annual leave.
All hours worked after 2000 hrs till 0730 hrs are deemed as 'unsocial' and thus incur an extra payment.
In theory, I must have the minimum of 11.5 hrs off between shifts.
I am not allowed to work more than a 48 hour week.
I work in the UK for the Government, in the NHS ......... I am Nurse.
Originally posted by truthinfact
also worth noting, the entire european economy ist kaput. maybe its from all that "vacationing"
Originally posted by Bilk22
Yeah vacations are why the Euros are going broke. You want to play, you got to pay.