I think many people underestimate the size of the United States. I remember a graphic of huricane Katrina hitting our gulf coast, France was
superimposed on top of the huricane. France fit inside the storm with room to spare.
I'm aware of the difference because I am american. I also was born and raised in Los Angeles- where people get in their car to drive next door.
But more seriously, if you have to get in the car to drive your kid to school, then most french people would be surprised and wonder why you live so
far away from schools and commerce. Like in earlier times of american history, people tend to stay close to town so that they can do most things on
That's why mass transit is not effective here, our highway system goes to every corner but only high population areas have public transportation.
In France, people don't live in the isolated areas between cities unless they are farmers, and can support themselves. The population clumps around
cities. It's just a different way of living and thinking. I have no doubt americans can and will adjust if the prices get as high as other places in
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It's not a different way of thinking. The people who live out in the boondocks do so because it's the only affordable way to live with ANY IOTA of
Take for instance, those 28sq ft. Manhattan closet apartments, you can have one for 700$, have your toilet right next to your bed, and your microwave
sitting on the back of your toilet, or you could have an entire 2700sq ft. split bedroom house with 2 full baths and 3 bedrooms a yard and a patio for
the same price in a place like Lehigh Acres Florida.
Do you know why this is? Because as population increases, and people move into cities for convenience, there is less and less space left. So supply
and demand kicks in, and the cost per foot of space increases. Try to find me an empty lot to build a home on in Staten Island New York... Oh you
can't? Well I can show you empty lots until your sick at looking at dead grass and sand in Cape Coral, Florida.
Cost of living drives people out into the middle of nowhere, as if you could raise an entire family in a closet because it's "Close enough to walk to
If you want to standardize what things cost, than you have to standardize how much people make.
I.E. If you want every place in the world to have $3.00 a gallon gas, then their living expenses all over the world, also have to be standardized --
the wages you make, also have to be standardized. No more, my co-worker makes $1.50 an hour less because I'm a smooth talker, no more doctors making
millions, no more lawyers making millions, everyone would have to make the same, everyone would have to live the same quality of life. This bull#
that me and you have the same job, at the same hierarchy level, work the same hours, but get paid different has got to stop. Are you willing to
sacrifice your excess cash?
Oh, no? I didn't think so.
As if man....
They say people are entitled, I say, the people who are not have nots, but are haves, are greedy. When you have all your bills covered, live an
extravagant life, and still post $15,000 a month net positive to your bank account, who are you to tell someone who works their entire life away and
can only afford to live in a shack that they deserve to pay even more money to get to work?
It's a disease.
You should get to know some of these people struggling and help willingly. That's what a not greedy person with a good heart would do. How many
people do this here? Can I see a show of hands?
I'm not talking donating to "Charity" here, I'm talking donating to a real living breathing family. Charity is a for profit scam, that takes a
massive amount of overhead which gets vigged off the top before getting handed to the people that need it.
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