Sources: EU Rights Commissioner, Reuters
quote: “The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.”
quote: Since when is being social a bad thing? Sure beats anti-social egoism any day.
quote: Trust us! we are from the government!
quote: Being social works both ways. In a truly social society other people will also make sure you are treated fairly and that your rights are being respected. Again, this requires trust.
quote: When you zoom out and look at the EU as a whole there is massive distrust between countries.
quote: I still would never trade it for the socialist human zoos that dominate Europe.
quote: Now with that detail out of the way next you should look at how it is to live here. You'd be surprised at the freedom it brings being in a place where health care is ensured for all, where education for your children is often free(and maybe even comes with a universal student salary)
quote: where a working week is less than 40 hours and 5-6 weeks of yearly paid vacation is the norm. You'll even find that social mobility is much higher here.
quote: Many things are great about the USA but that does not mean the EU is bad and in fact I thing unless you're very rich then you'll have a better life living in the EU. For instance go look up 'distribution of wealth USA' and you'll find some food for thought.
quote: You had better figure out how to live with 100% taxes because you guys aren’t producing new tax payers fast enough to pay for all those great social programs you espouse.
quote: Oh can you homeschool your kids? I can if I so chose.
quote: Belgium couldn’t form a government because of the differences between French and Flemish speaking parts of the country.
quote: America has the largest economy in the world why is that?
quote: No offence but the last place I would live if I were very rich would be Europe since the wealthy on average pay close to 75% or more in taxes.
quote: The fact is Europe is not better than the United States it’s just different.
quote: That being said America is far from perfect but from the places I have visited and lived in including the middle east and Europe(Germany) there is nowhere better; don’t take my word for it ask 12 million Mexicans, hundreds of thousands Indians, Chinese etc.. That immigrate here legally and illegally.
quote: Wrong. Europe has the largest if we go by GDP ($16.566 trillion). Americans come ahead when it comes to purchasing power parity though.
quote: No, the US is different economically than any country in the EU.
quote: Also we were comparing Europe as a whole to the US, not any single country within Europe to the US.
quote: Oh man... The richest people in the Netherlands pay about 50% I'd say. In France you'd be way worse off. This blanket statement does not hold as it's vastly different per country.
quote: Yes. Granted it will take some work getting people to sign off but it can be done. I would also like to add that our public schools are nowhere near as poor as the ones in the US (especially the major cities). In Germany for example you're not allowed to teach high school unless you have a university degree.
quote: Now you're going off the deep end to try and be right.
quote: For the record i did the same thing as you did. I went from nothing to near six figures only by working hard and applying myself and paying my dues in the ARMY. The real myth is the belief that the American dream is dead. Its a lie lazy, dope smokers that play video games all day tell themselves in order to feel good about their self imposed poverty.
quote: I may not disagree in many of your views but we're all entitled to our opinions with the right to vote.
quote: I get the feeling people think the American Dream is all about riches, glamour, bling and obnoxiously these days.
quote: We can agree on that! people think if money doesn't fall out of the sky on them somehow its Americas fault.
quote: Because the US allows the poor to be rich and the rich to be poor. Everyone may not be born equally wealthy but everyone definitely have the opportunity to get wherever they want.
quote: I'm sorry but for most the American Dream will only ever stay a dream. Besides who says the rich aren't allowed to be rich it is just slightly less so than in the US and on the same time the number of poor people is much lower.
quote: Guess what? the US has a maximum of 39.6% tax rate if you make over 400k
quote: I wasn't referring to homeschooling. I was referring to the fact that here anyone over 18 that is studying gets around $1000 a month to pay the living costs AND this in on top of education being free (regardless if you're going to university, training to be a doctor or what else you desire). 5. About where to be rich you should re-read what I wrote. I did not say EU is the place to be rich. Oh, and did you read about the distribution of wealth as I suggested?
quote: Even us dutch aren't concirned as much by the profit motive as you americans are. In fact, as a dutch person, i am disgusted by how you americans give up all value just to get a higher profit. It's incredibly short term thinking, which leads back to the ignorance. No europian country is that stupid, not even the belgians (for those who know anything about europian culture, that's saying something).
quote: No, i think i'll happily take my ~11% higher taxation (US 29% total taxation, holland 41%) over Detroit any day of the week.
quote: Dude, you're the one claiming USA is the best country in the world purely because of the size of its economy. Talk about using a random indicator out of context.