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Old 08-18-2016, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Unfortunately, we live in different times. It's impossible to buy a house cash in a decent NJ town nowadays before you're 45, even if you live modestly. Throw in student loans and the situation becomes even more grim.

Europeans may pay more, but they also get more in return. Better schools, free healthcare, paid maternity leave, more paid vacation time, and better transit/infrastructure. I doubt they want to switch with us.
Some of them do, and have. They're thrilled with the cheap housing, clothing and gas. American jeans for everyone! They can get an appointment with a medical specialist in a couple of weeks as opposed to months. Forget public transportation. Gas is cheap!
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:11 PM
 
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Some of them do, and have. They're thrilled with the cheap housing, clothing and gas. American jeans for everyone! They can get an appointment with a medical specialist in a couple of weeks as opposed to months. Forget public transportation. Gas is cheap!
Very few make the jump over. I don't see mass immigration from Europe happening.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Wayne,NJ
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Some of them do, and have. They're thrilled with the cheap housing, clothing and gas. American jeans for everyone! They can get an appointment with a medical specialist in a couple of weeks as opposed to months. Forget public transportation. Gas is cheap!
I've had Europeans say if they wanted to go to the doctors they did, they didn't have to worry whether it was a participating doctor or if they had insurance or any of the other things.

Read an article by a woman (us citizen) who had lived and worked in Switzerland but her husband got a job in Chicago so they came back. She had a flextime/part-time job in Switzerland that paid good wages. Got vacation time, sick time, healthcare, etc. She was bemoaning the fact that she got a job in Chicago, on the other side of Chicago, mass transportation was far less convenient in the US than Switzerland. (Yeah right gas is cheaper). The only real thing I've heard that people like most in the US is the supermarket, one stop shopping, butcher, baker, vegetables, etc.
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