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Jealousy? ...Freedom?

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Submitted by Soleil (United States), Jul 19, 2006 at 13:53

Here a french opinion. I take myself and ask : "Honnestly, am I jealousy of anything in Usa?" the answer is "no!". Because, before to marry a great man in Usa, I never heard about "freedom" so much. I realized that it's because we are so free in France that this notion of freedom is even forgotten, it's such a natural right for us, who would still have to fight for it in France?? So I believe american people that think this way "we have the best freedom, the world is jealous of us and want to "destroy" our prosperity, our freedom!" those people should realize that if they were so free, they wouldn't even think about it or notice it. Once somebody told me that it's the american freedom that allows that people show their political preference in their yard. I said : "in France we have naked woman on commercial on tv or outside...this is freedom" Can you do that in Usa? no..where is the freedom when you can be president of the USA at 18 and you can't even buy alcohol until 21?? I say "what a freedom". (that was just a few examples).

Then, for myself, I can't wait to be able to lgo back and live in France. Why?

1 - The quality of life. Less work (5 weeks holidays paid enforced by the law + 35h/week) so more personal time to enjoy family, friends, travelling! (I won't mention the food...and low cost of fruits & vegetables)

2 - Free health care plan for the entire population in France (french citizen or not) + Free Education for everyone (free universities + monthly payement for most of student as help for studying). Because we believe that health has no price and that everyone needs a chance to afford school and for the good of the country! Did I mention that the taxes on salary in France is flat (around 20%) but it covers your health care plan + your retirement fully?!

So yes, here I have 60% of electronics...compare to in E.U but how much is the food? 60% more than in my country. Which one is necessary to survive? Oh and I have been in Usa for 2 years, how many time did I afford doctors? once..total cost "$170"...Dentist? never went...I gotta went to go to France once a year.

Well, if you like to trade health care security, equality of chances and I skip some and even the best....then you'll enjoy the US system. I think your government just discharge itself from its people. And I don't believe that the goverment is the people, as you are surely not bush as I'm sure not Chirac (PS : President of France for some who ignored it). You are no match for European lifestyle. I leave to you the #1 army forces though!

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