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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcat View Post
    A tighter reign. Yes. Very tight.

    The companies unite, and form a state- or a union owned monopoly. The executives triple the prices in lack of competition and put the revenue in their pockets. The politicians get their share.

    As a consequence the prices of food and energy are sky-high. They are going up.

    The middle class will crash. The days of penury are ahead.
    The crooks get rich.

    Capitalism?
    It's too bad the government doesn't prevent monopolies there, like they do in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zergling View Post
    That would actually be a luck factor I'd say, combined with the odd ways that the celebrity system works, where one of the popular archetypes of "dumb but cute" (Forrest Gump, various politicians, Paris Hilton, etc.). There is a quite low chance that a large amount of people with similar qualities would ever get as rich or famous as she will.
    I remember the judges on the show frequently remarking on her "like-ability factor". Sanjaya had the same thing going for him. Cute and charming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forfe View Post
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    And yes, there are other issues such as insurance companies milking the system for what it's worth, driving prices up and efficiency down. I'm not saying I really agree with the way it's organized in the U.S, but our form of healthcare sure as hell isn't perfect either.
    I agree.

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    and it's a band!

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    It's too bad the government doesn't prevent monopolies there, like they do in the US.
    Yes it is a shame.

    You had Theodore Roosevelt.

    We had George and Wilhelm and Nick. The crownheads. What good were they.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourLocalJesus View Post
    Actually, USA is like the worst country in the world.
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    Have you been here? Sorry, I ask all Europeans who bash the US this question.

    Hmmm just like anything else you have to take the good with the bad. My Husbands family live in England and our lifestyles are very different.
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    I'm not saying all of Europe is this way, but when my Husband was offered an excellent job opportunity in Germany we were told by the German employees of the US branch "Don't go, it's not as nice as the US. Why do you think we're here?"
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    Culturally I do find Europeans very fascinating. I believe that their education systems are superior, factually unbiased and their conservation methods are far more advanced than ours. Sadly I just don't think our country is mentally ready for new ideas.
    I find it interesting that YourLocalJesus is in Sweden and Jen is talking about relatively worse conditions in Britain and Germany compared to the US. This seems to validate these rankings (from 2005).

    From: Where will be the best place to live in 2005?

    TOP TEN COUNTRIES [based on quality of life]
    1 Ireland
    2 Switzerland
    3 Norway
    4 Luxembourg
    5 Sweden
    6 Australia
    7 Iceland
    8 Italy
    9 Denmark
    10 Spain
    13 USA
    25 France
    26 Germany
    29 Britain ("the lowest of the pre-expansion EU nations")

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    I've occasionally wondered if some of the less educated members of America think that ignorance/indifference towards international geography is a display of patriotism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JivinJeffJones View Post
    I've occasionally wondered if some of the less educated members of America think that ignorance/indifference towards international geography is a display of patriotism.
    It's true! Sadly, I can even name distant family members who think this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    It's true! Sadly, I can even name distant family members who think this way.

    Are they Canadian? *nudge*
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkPiranha View Post
    Are they Canadian? *nudge*
    LOL.... No, they're on the redneck other side of the family.

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