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  •  This is a great Diary. Glad it was rescued. (1+ / 0-)
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    I read it this a.m.  I have a real good friend who's an expat. He comes back only occasionally to see his family but he is now married with 2 kids and he talks about coming back for good, even despite the horrible 8 years we've been through with these looters at the helm.  One of his reasons is something you mention--the prevalence of wide open space and relative lack of pollution.

    I take issue with some of your statements, however. For one, I don't consider us as having been "lied to" for 40 years. The differences between the current regime and the past five are marked in their ferocity against US citizens.  I can see how someone who's young might not realize that. (I'm in my 40's).  But there is a huge qualitative difference in what we've had to endure over the last few years and what the normal experience has been.

    I'm not sure who you've been hanging out with but I see lots of people in the age group you describe reading in their spare time.  In fact I see a lot of young people voraciously reading, and I find this very heartening. A lot of time is taken up on computer interaction and I think that is a big detractor for reading for your age group. But frankly all it takes is to shut off the stupid computer.

    There continue to be huge advantages to living in this countrty, some of which you describe in touching upon its natural beauty. From a practical standpoint clean drinking water and relatively low food prices are among them. Other more obvious advantages are the Social Security and Medicare regimens, relatively low fuel prices, and very good schools. I would caution you to also think about one thing--if you become an expat you may have to renounce your citizenship in order to take advantage of some of the same aspects of your host country. If this country is attacked again the rampant paranoia likely to ensue may make it very difficult for you to come back, or possibly may make it difficult for your spouse, or kids to come back. So you have to weigh your decision very carefully. Also, although our political system is pretty dysfuctional and capitalistic the systems of other countries are often less than stellar once the luster has worn off.   They are often base and criminal, with no real mechanism for change.

    Who was Bush_Horror2004, anyway?

    by Dartagnan on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 05:30:41 AM PST

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