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    I'm tired of this "'Murkins must be dum bekoz they never travel international" bull dung. Thank you for addressing it.

    The fact that Europeans have passports at much higher rates only tells us that you don't need a passport to go from, say, Kentucky to Ohio. Meaningless.

    •  Dave Land, please read my reply to mmacdDE below. (1+ / 0-)
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      I started to expound as to my reasoning for why we have such low rates of travel, but was in a bit of a push for time, so skipped it.

      Actually, my 'criticism' was leveled at the MSM for their shoddy, corporatist propaganda, oops, reporting, LOL!

      At any rate, as the pieces that I link to demonstrate, I didn't mean to belittle Americans (or anyone) for not traveling outside of the country.

      I personally love to travel, and do so as often as I can, but not always as often as I'd like to.

      Frankly, I don't personally know anyone who doesn't like to travel.  It is almost always a matter of having the time, and/or whether or not one 'can afford' to travel.

      I hope that these two pieces will clarify a bit 'why' we have this phenomenon in the United States. ;-)

      And, if the Administration's "Grand Bargain" is passed, we should all brace for even more off-the-charts inequality here (and lack of travel outside of the US).


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Mon May 13, 2013 at 12:06:56 PM PDT

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    •  You dont need a passport to go from (1+ / 0-)
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      Perth to Sydney, either - yet fully half of Australian adults have passports.

      It's not about "dum", it's about an inward-looking, incurious mindset. And yes, what proportion of the country's citizens have acquired the right to travel outside the country is an indicator of this.

      "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

      by Australian2 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:39:47 PM PDT

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