posted on Nov, 7 2004 @ 12:47 AM
New Zealand or Australia would be a pretty good destination for an American family, especially the way things look like they are headed in the US.
There are no language problems, and no real culture shock.
Tax rate is not easily comparable, because you need to take many other things into consideration. The standard of living here is probably not as high
as in America right now but not far behind, I bet in three years time it will actually be higher than in America.
The US has huge problems with debt and the falling US dollar, and rising energy prices. After the coming stock-market crash, and rising unemployment
worldwide, it will be worse everywhere. But I believe the US has further to fall. Remember oil is only really rising in US dollars, it has not moved
up anywhere near as much in most foreign currencies.
We also are not planning conscription, and have nothing like the patriot act or homeland security to curtail civil liberties.
Personal safety is another issue, guns and shootings here are rare, but they do still occur. Nothing like the tens of thousands of deaths by gunshot
that occur routinely in the US.
If you are bringing up a young family or thinking of retirement, or planning a career, think about it seriously. I honestly believe Americas best
days are behind it. I am not trying to bash America, just stating what I see.