Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

On toilets and living standards comment 000

So you have been to Europe and have worked there. I also have been to Europe and for you to say that Europeans do not have a fairly high standard of living really is not truthful. Also It depends where you live in Europe, In a big expensive city or a smaller, less expensive town. The average European worker receives over 50 days off a year (Monday through Friday) which is over 10 weeks. The average European receives free education and also free Healthcare. The average European receives Sick Day when they are ill. The average European works 38 hours a week. Europeans receive complete Workers Injury Compensation, Unemployment benefits, retraining, help with Daycare, Many countries also help families obtain flats and houses. In fact many European countries such as Spain has Home Ownership over 80 percent of the Population. The working population between the ages of 18 to 65 is around 64 percent, The U.S. is around 62 so all this misinformation really is crap. My family is a small busines owner and she is paying $1020.00 per month for healthcare coverage with a $3600.00 deductable. That does not cover dental work so if she wanted to have the medical coverage they have in Germany it would cost her probably $20,000 per year. What about going to college? I have already been to college and have Graduated 10 years ago but would like to train for something else because Our America Wages are so high. I'm looking into Sonography but the college wants $30,000 for a 16 month course. maybe the Government would pick some of the bill up through grants but most of it they will not. How does this help me? My Friend in Germany spends around $30 dollars a month on electricity for a 1000 square foot flat in Essen. The total land tax, street cleaning, heating, electricity and basic upkeep on the building is around $1000.00 per year. Her Phone service is about $30.00 per month. Her car Insurance for a new toyota corolla is $500.00 per year. Germany's Income taxes are between 15 to 42 percent depending on Income. For 4 liter of milk the price is around $2.30. The Price in Florida would be over $3.00. Pineapples $2.00 Florida $4.00 Monthly Florida Electricity bill: $100.00 Yearly Florida Car Insurance: $1200.00 Phone Bill: $50.00 monthly basic service. Land Tax on typical house: $1500.00 Water: 600.00 per year Garbage: 400.00 per year House Insurance: $2000.00 What the Hell are you saying about how good we have It? Bullshit! You can fool some of the people some of the time but not everyone all of the time. The U.S. has the most expensive Healthcare, University costs and Insurance costs in the world. We have a huge housing bubble, with prices far outstripping Income. We have a 700 billion plus current account deficit and rising. We have a 600 billion dollar government debt and rising. We have almost 3 million people in prison and another 5 million on parole by far the most in the world! In Holiday, Florida which is near Tampa the typical house is around $180000 and rising, these are very moderate houses nothing to brag about. In Tampa It would be over $200,000. The typical Wage for the area is around $25,000 with many people making $15,000 to $20,000. So the price to earnings ratio is between 8 to 10 times income. It should be between 2 and 3 so the house prices versus income is 3 times higher then they should be or a $200,000 house should be between $65,000 and $70,000. The new houses they are building are crap, they build then with pressed wood and cheap materials throughout, also the prices on them would be higher, maybe $250,000 for a moderate home. I see people with no Health Insurance, I see Homeless who are working, I see people working two jobs so they can pay their bills. I see people who do not take any vacations because they must work to live. I see people who would like to go to college but cannot afford it. Europe is the world's largest manufacturing economy, largest exporters, largest Investors, and the world's biggest market. China and Europe are the two economic powerhouses of the world. Europe has a current account surplus, much less personal debt then Americans, Government debt of 2.7 percent of GDP which is lower then America's at a time they are spending huge amount of money building eastern europe up to western standards. They are nuclear armed so no-one in their right mind would attack them! Anyway have a nice day!

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