Notabull wrote:Gas prices in the UK are about double what they are here. They don't fluctuate as much because it's so much more heavily taxed, so they're more usually three times as much. The people there are no different, though. If gas (petrol, mate!) was $2 a gallon, everyone would have an SUV just like here...
Well, if people there are no different, then why did they vote for heavily taxed gas, five weeks of paid vacation for everyone, etc.? Americans vote very differently than people in socialist countries do. Namely, the majority here, unlike in those other countries, consistently vote to make their lives worse in the long run. Like they'll vote for tax cuts (for the rich mainly), ignoring the fact that it pushes the US toward insolvency.
There are probably millions of people in the US who take no more than one week of vacation a year, and would be fired from their job if they tried to take more. There lives would probably be better if they got five weeks of paid vacation, universal health care etc.
In Sydney, people complained to me about the exorbitant taxes, but I had to point out to them that they had few panhandlers and the city was relatively very clean and safe.