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Shorter Yards
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Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?

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I’ve recently moved to the States — shudder — for a year or two. And I’m shocked at how expensive just life is. For no good reason at all.
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When I put my economist hat on, a fact becomes clear to me. American life is a gigantic rip-off, one of the world’s biggest, and that’s why America is now effectively a country of poor people, and that makes it a nation of angry, cruel, and selfish ones, too.
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But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start over. American life is the biggest ripoff in the world. Or at least one of the biggest, in the top five, certainly. Just…existing. It costs way, way more than it should. So much so that America cannot ever move forward as a society. So, trapped in a cycle, which economists call a “poverty trap,” Americans now stay poor.
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How much do I pay for internet and TV in Europe? About thirty dollars, give or take. How much do I pay in America? $150. That’s five times as much. And what I get in America is way, way worse. At least half of the junk on TV is ads, I don’t get the wonderful and illuminating and sparkling stuff that European TV makes on a regular basis, from good coverage of global affairs to politics to economics to ground-breaking shows and movies. I’m getting massively, massively ripped off. Why? Let me answer, with another example.
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Let’s take utility bills. They’re astronomical in America compared to the rest of the rich world, and even much of the rest of the world period. Heating, electricity, gas, water? These things can easily add up to $500 to $1000 dollars per month. That’s not even factoring in property taxes and maintenance costs and whatnot. Americans have no idea, but in Europe I’d pay maybe — maybe — half that, if even that much.
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How much does it cost to just…have a place to live? The average American rental is about $1200. That’s for an apartment. Again, that’s a particularly high figure. It doesn’t cost that much to rent in Europe. In France, the the average house rental costs less than that — it’s about 800 euros, or maybe $1000 dollars.
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The sad truth is that nobody can afford to live that way, at least not in a modern society. We know that because the average American doesn’t. They go into debt. Deeply into debt. So deep that the average American now dies underwater to the tune of about $60,000. They’ve spent a lifetime paying off debts that they can never fully make good on — precisely because the system is rigged against them.


MorbidTheClown
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What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?


why are so many risking their lives to be part of this ripoff?


Sneaky__Sally
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Heating, electricity, gas, water? These things can easily add up to $500 to $1000 dollars per month


Dude is definitely getting ripped off


CarRamrod
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Europeans are pretty retarded.


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Mo Jeaux
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why are so many risking their lives to be part of this ripoff?



Where are the majority of those people coming from? Most Western Nations are facing similar episodes of people risking their lives to get there.


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TigerDog83
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re: Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?
This may be the wrong winter to espouse how good the European utility companies are. Europe is facing an energy disaster this winter.


Shorter Yards
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why are so many risking their lives to be part of this ripoff?


Probably the same reason those who say they want to leave this country don't.


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DaleGribble
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They live in cracker boxes in Europe and he/she/it's bitching about a 200 dollar difference in rent?

Hopefully, they went back to wherever they came from.


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The Spleen
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re: Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?
Yes, some of us realize it.


MaximillianPayne
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re: Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?
Now let's talk about how much most Europeans pay in taxes for all of their "free" stuff like universal healthcare.


LegendInMyMind
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That article doesn't sound biased at all. Nope, not one bit.
This post was edited on 9/28 at 2:07 pm


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GeauxTigerTM
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GreatLakesTiger24
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re: Do Americans Know What a Massive Ripoff American Life Really Is?
this isn't completely wrong in that we have a massive (and rapidly growing) underclass that simply cannot afford to live comfortably.

the thing is it's not that hard to stay out of or get out of that cycle and join the upper middle class... and upper middle class in america >>> upper middle class in europe.


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Clames
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umair haque



This guy is a serious LWNJ. Nothing but anti-America raving for the uneducated dolts that follow him on Medium.


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Cosmo
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Lol he thinks europe is better?


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Bestbank Tiger
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angry, cruel, and selfish ones


Maybe he should have lived in flyover country instead.

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At least half of the junk on TV is ads


TV is not a necessity.

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Heating, electricity, gas, water? These things can easily add up to $500 to $1000 dollars per month.


Where is he living? I pay around $300 in a bad month.

Hope this clown is getting roasted in the comments.



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idlewatcher
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I’ve recently moved to the States — shudder — for a year or two. And I’m shocked at how expensive just life is


Did they move from Vietnam?

Compared to many cities in Europe, the US is far less expensive


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IAmNERD
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I don’t get the wonderful and illuminating and sparkling stuff that European TV makes on a regular basis,

Yep. When I think of Europe, it's their groundbreaking film and tv industry.


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GreenRockTiger
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Europeans still pay a lot more income and property taxes on average than we do.

And yeah, if you move from Folkstone to Chicago - there’s going to be a price difference.

Just like if you moved from Goliad to Paris.


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Hangover Haven
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Let’s take utility bills. They’re astronomical in America compared to the rest of the rich world, and even much of the rest of the world period. Heating, electricity, gas, water? These things can easily add up to $500 to $1000 dollars per month.


Dude just moved to Lakeview?
This post was edited on 9/28 at 2:14 pm


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