- 8 years ago
One thing I think everyone keeps forgetting about America is that we’re an INDIVIDUALISTIC nation. We do not care about the greater good as much as our politicians like to call us a “unified nation”.
Women went to work, for freedoms, yes, but also because of the rising cost of living in this country. I mean, what in europe are you spending on avergae for a week of groceries? To fill your car? To pay car insurnance? and then not to mention Americas favorite habit…DEBT.
I wouldn’t classify Americans as Workaholics by choice, its by NECESSITY. Most of us are graduating college with an average of 25K-30K in student loan debt alone and in this economy aren’t guaranteed work. Student loan payment don’t stop when you have babies, from what I understand in Europe loan debt for university isn’t really a reality. Then take into consideration law school or graduate school and loans balloon to upwards of 100k per person for any chance of making “big money” in America.
Bottom line, Americans only want to care about themselves and not the greater good because that’s how we’ve always lived. Yes, you have the potential to make millions in this country but the odds are truly slim to none unless you want to break your back working 100 hour work weeks and in economies like this the outlook becomes even bleeker. People get upset about people “abusing” the system for welfare, and the bottom line is while we have a lot here its getting harder and harder to justify all the stress we’re constantly under for corporations to make record profits and not hire anyone.
I would LOVE paid leave for my husband and I when our baby arrives this May. It absolutely breaks my heart to know that 1/3 or more of my pay will go to a stranger to raise my child from probably their 3rd month of life onwards so I can make money for someone besides my family. I can stop and think about it and get really upset, take more debt out to make something “more” of myself, or I can push through it and know I’m doing the best for my family.
And to all the canadians on these boards…Have you ever seen an American candidate or president who didn’t have “millionare” before his name? Average Americans don’t stand a chance at public office, and Americans don’t demand change because we fear our government. Unlike in Canada, and the UK where the Government fears you.