Many American politicians, and U.S. citizens, would like to remake America into a version of socialist Europe. America is NOT Europe. Some major existing fundamental cultural, social, and economic differences between America and Europe are:
The average size of a house
America: 2,300 sq ft
Germany: 1,345 sq ft
France: 1,216 sq ft
Spain: 1,044 sq ft
UK: 818 sq ft
Often, in Europe, you have small rooms, tiny bathrooms (often without a bathtub), tiny kitchens, with an even tinier refrigerator, perhaps cooktop burners but no oven, and, often, no dishwasher. Sometimes, there are few or no closets (you have to purchase freestanding wardrobes). You want to be like Europe and live like that?
Europeans do not drive as much as Americans. Average miles driven annually:
Europe 8,700 miles
The average price per gallon of gas:
You want to be like Europe and drive less and pay more?
America, a capitalistic country, feeds the world. In 2012, food and agricultural exports accounted for a whopping $145 billion.
Other U.S. exports include:
Aircraft: $94 billion
Cars: $53 billion
Medical equipment: $34 billion
Fuel oil: $60 billion
Petroleum products: $57 billion
Yes, surprisingly, America supplies a lot of the world’s energy needs but can't supply its own!
Americans work long and hard (if they are lucky enough to have a job). And American workers on average get little in the way of vacation time. Europeans, on the other hand, by law, get a lot of vacations days. The average annual paid vacation in the U.S. is 2 weeks. The average annual paid vacation in Europe is 4 weeks minimum. OK, European socialism wins that battle!
Americans enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of the press. European citizens do not.
According to USA Today, “Unlike the United States, free speech is limited in Europe with numerous statutes that ban hate speech, blasphemy, Holocaust denial and even phrases deemed insults to bureaucrats and police officers.” You want to be like Europe and give up your freedom of speech?
So, America is NOT Europe, it’s America. And, no, it’s not perfect. But it does offer freedom and opportunity. IF you have the intestinal fortitude to man up. For you young’uns that means “guts”. And, as for the American socialist/extreme liberal doctrine that everything should be “fair and equal”, who said life was fair!? Sorry folks, in America you have to man up and do what is necessary in order to succeed on your own. Government is NOT the answer. YOU are.
Socialists and would-be socialists in the U.S. say that America is a horrible country. Is feeding and fueling the world, and promoting freedom and opportunity, horrible? If your answer is yes, then America IS a horrible country and should be remade and patterned after socialist Europe. Or not.
Congratulations America, you are now becoming more and more socialistic very day. And for that, the American wannabe socialists who are causing it deservedly earned this week's Stu Pitt Award!
his country from its government."
- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)