You know, I have been looking at living in different countries as I near retirement, a process thousands of Americans have done and do every year. Some of what I have found is astonishing.
Somehow, several of these average GDP countries have wonderful affordable private healthcare systems, an affordable standard of living and even a sustainable but not perfect public healthcare system without taxing everyone to death.
I will always be an America [and in five years, living abroad] but there is something fundamentally wrong with the cost of living and healthcare here vs. the massive taxes we pay, no matter which party is in charge, and I am talking living middle class.
I am even fine with having the world’s strongest military, but not 892 billion dollars worth. I am fine with having a strong border defense, but not 25 billion for a wall. Why does a certain drug cost forty bucks a pill here and the same pill costs 15 bucks in South America.
The answer must be corruption. No one here cares if people make a profit, more power to them, but the system is rigged. I have a friend in South American earning 7% interest on an insured savings account. All his exp-pat friends are shaking their heads at their friends and families back in the states and asking why?
I will still be a citizen when I go. I still love America. I will still pay taxes, but whatever it is that is our system here, socialism, capitalism, a hybrid of both, it isn’t working. I don’t know how people with no faith who don’t know God, can get up in the morning. At least WE have that to look forward to. The possibility of a happy death. The rest of the country works two jobs, barely make ends meet, and then go to bed. Repeat.
We just have to do better, and if we can’t, well I for one will have to do better somewhere else. The Republicans can’t seem to do it, the Democrats cant do it. Americans, and I love America, should forget about nationalism, the crazy right and left fringe groups in control and look at those happy countries where things seem to make a little bit more sense and say to themselves, “we can do better.”