I find I need to not say too much on such things because I am an ex-pat, and that seems to upset people more than if I was simply a critical
foriegner. Which is too bad because I am in a position to comprehend and know intimately the americna condition, and also have had the opportunity to
have stepped outside it and known other.(intimately, not just as a tourist ). I sometimes instinctively behave like a prodigal son who can come back
with new perspectives and ideas collected from afar. But I have learned through experience that it just is not welcome.
I have three kids, but I raised them in France, my third is heading into college next year and as we are enrolling him, he had a terrible announcement
for me- the program and school he wants to enroll in, specializing in Physics and Chemistry, isn't free. It is harder to get in and there is a cost.
He acted afraid to tell me. I took a breath and told him whatever it is, we'll find a way. (thinking we could sell the house is need be....) and he
says it's is 200 euros. (around 160 dollars). I bust out laughing!
I could not go to college, my mother beat it into my head repeatedly that I would not be able to because she could not afford it, because she went,
and had too many loan debts to pay. When she died, she left nothing but her loan debts. I never dared to dream of getting a college education.
It just makes me so glad I have three kids with a higher education!!! They just had to get good enough grades and work hard enough, (the universities
can be more competative to get in though).
What I find strange, now that I look back, is how so many crazy things like that, I just didn't question! It was just how life is, how it has always
been, and any mention of different ways was waved off by me as necessarily an illusion- there is a trap to it.
I felt that way about universal medicine, as well as higher education. The easiest thing for me to assume back then was that the people must be
drowing in taxes then. But one day, involved in debate on that with americnas on another forum, a woman in the midwest and I took out all our papers
and calculated how much we pay monthly and yearly, in taxes + insurance. It turned out surprising- even I expected I pay more; but no, it turned out
we both paid almost exactly the same.
But she also has to pay student loans, plus pay a deductable at the doctors and when she buys medicine.
That made it clear to me once and for all that the american people are victimized much more than most of them even know.
Then I went and started hanging out at a Conspiracy website instead.