Things that you dislike about your country

Dec 2015
3,359
USA
Jobs is an issue in the USA.

My city Buffalo used to have well over 400,000 people. But today we have about 270,000 in our population. In the American past men and women could find a lifetime of good work from the Steel and Auto companies, and today those jobs from Steel and Auto have drastically lowered.

With all my heart and soul I love the 1940s USA, and I feel these Americans are the greatest Americans of all time.

The USA needs to bring back the factory jobs like we used to have, and this time around the new factory jobs should perhaps be more clean, use different resources perhaps. W/e the case there is work to be done.

Even Tucker Carlson of Fox News( a station I dont always agree with) has pointed to the downfall of the American Middle class.
 
Jul 2016
8,190
USA
Jobs is an issue in the USA.

My city Buffalo used to have well over 400,000 people. But today we have about 270,000 in our population. In the American past men and women could find a lifetime of good work from the Steel and Auto companies, and today those jobs from Steel and Auto have drastically lowered.

With all my heart and soul I love the 1940s USA, and I feel these Americans are the greatest Americans of all time.

The USA needs to bring back the factory jobs like we used to have, and this time around the new factory jobs should perhaps be more clean, use different resources perhaps. W/e the case there is work to be done.

Even Tucker Carlson of Fox News( a station I dont always agree with) has pointed to the downfall of the American Middle class.
Those jobs aren't coming back when workers (through unions) demands very high salaries. Its just no profitable for American factories to make steel when it can be made in China by what is essentially slave labor. The only way is tariffs or incentivizing corporations through tax breaks.
 

royal744

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
9,840
San Antonio, Tx
45 is still bloody hot. Too be honest, I don't really notice the difference after it hits 38. I really don't know how I survived my childhood without a/c.

YES; I was furious at the privatisation of previously government owned utilities. Of course in reality they were OUR utilities .The government owns nothing.

Off grid solar means batteries, which are VERY expensive.Not sure you would recoup the costs within the life of the system. I choses the common net feed system . Don't think gross feed is offered any more. I have spent a lot of time investigating the different offers from providers. Basic power rates can vary a bit, but then such a company tends only tp ay about 9 cents a kw feed-int.Overall cost are about the same, regardless of the [usually misleading} claims made.

I've had my 5kw system for about 18months. Feed-in rate is 15 cents a kw. North facing. It cost me $3000 installed. However, didn't need to have a new metre and some other doover for the solar panel conversion. So far, my electricity cost have been reduced by 30%. This is OK , but not wonderful . It will take about 5 years to pay for itself. HOWEVER, I discovered after the fact that the company from whom I bought the system, EURO SOLAR, has a very poor reputation. It has been fined at least once by the ACCC for false advertising. I suggest look elsewhere if you are considering a system.---

So, I get what my system feeds in during the day probably covers the cost of my 3HP a/c. Plus I get 20% off the gross account from the provider, PLUs another 20% pensioner discount. OF course the system doesn't produce much during winter because of the sun's angle and fewer sunny days. If I could afford the capital outlay AND get council approval, I would have had a wind turbine installed. Or perhaps not; they are ugly and noisy ,if you live nearby.
It gets prettty hot in San Antonio, Tx during the summers. I’m fairly used to it, but my wife who was raised in Michigan, reached her personal limit with the heat some time ago and convinced me to buy us a house in Michigan to get away from our southern summers. It’s a good thing she’s from Michigan or I might not have gone along with it. Lake Michigan provides a beautiful setting during the summers although millions of Chicagoans learned decades ago to do exactly the same thing. So every summer we drive north after shutting down the house here and eating the temps in the house at about 85-degrees F. When we leave Michigan in the fall we set that house temp to about 65 F or so and come back down south. So far this has worked pretty well, but I’m not looking to ever going through a Michigan winter. Heck, even our Michigan neighbors can’t wait to escape to Florida in the winter.
 

royal744

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
9,840
San Antonio, Tx
I found it bad enough in the U.K. when it was in the low to mid 30s in the summer.
Unlike some Texas cities, San Antonio owns its own public utility systems. Some years back a few private utility companies tried to buy our public utility system. Fortunately, the city resisted their phony blandishments and told them “to stick where the sun don’t shine.”
 

deaf tuner

Ad Honoris
Oct 2013
13,236
Europix
It gets prettty hot in San Antonio, Tx during the summers. I’m fairly used to it, but my wife who was raised in Michigan, reached her personal limit with the heat some time ago and convinced me to buy us a house in Michigan to get away from our southern summers. It’s a good thing she’s from Michigan or I might not have gone along with it. Lake Michigan provides a beautiful setting during the summers although millions of Chicagoans learned decades ago to do exactly the same thing. So every summer we drive north after shutting down the house here and eating the temps in the house at about 85-degrees F. When we leave Michigan in the fall we set that house temp to about 65 F or so and come back down south. So far this has worked pretty well, but I’m not looking to ever going through a Michigan winter. Heck, even our Michigan neighbors can’t wait to escape to Florida in the winter.
Isn't it odd?

Growing older and having a bit of resources makes as understand the migratory birds !

;)
 

royal744

Ad Honorem
Jul 2013
9,840
San Antonio, Tx
The US health system tends to bemuse Aussies.

We have a universal health system, availably to all citizens (not sure about resident aliens) This is funded by an extra 2.5% tax levy on taxable income.

Our System is called 'Medicare' .Everyone is entitled to free care at a public hospital including say organ transplants or long and costly treatment for cancer. GP services may also be free if the doctor 'bulk bills' .IE doe snot add charges above his government rebate .My GP bulk bills.

Our pharmaceutical system is heavily subsidised , with a list of thousands of drugs . There is a cap of $30 per script on listed drugs. Pensioners pay a maximum of $6.50 per script.

The system is not perfect, with waits as long as a couple of years for 'elective surgery" (non life threatening) such as say cataract removal or knee/hip replacement.

We have an ageing population, which places a high demand on our public hospitals. . The government has addressed this issue by offering a 30% subsidy on private health premiums, if taken up before the age of 50.

A private health company MAY NOT refuse to insure a person for pre existing ailments, although a 2 year waiting period may be imposed. There is also usually a 2 month waiting period for new members.Of course, your Medicare coverage continues.

Once you are covered, the private health fund MUST continue to cover you for as long as needed.IE your private health insurance cannot 'run out'.

I had a cataracts removed two years ago. The total cost was $1500. I paid $0.00

How is this possible? Simple really, it is the government, not the health funds who make the rules.

My (single) health health insurance, plus some 'extras',such as for glasses, hearing aids,,physiotherapy, etc, is $179 a month after the subsidy. An unlimited number of children under 17 years are covered by their parents health insurance.

Yeah, I know, this 'socialised medicine" similar to that in the UK and Canada. I know many Americans would prefer to die rather than have socialised medicine, and indeed a great many do.
The simple truth is, most Americans would love to have socialized medicine. We already have it in the military, and what is American Medicare if not “socialized”, because that’s exactly what it is. I have had a hip replaced, both lenses in my eyes replaced, stomach surgery and all sorts of other conditions retreated all at little to no cost and with no waiting for treatment. I really don’t know what people are talking about here. I am retired, have Medicare, and have a supplemental health insurance policy.
 
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Belgarion

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Jul 2011
6,588
Australia
The current two party system which prevents the election of a viable alternative candidate.
This is problem throughout the English speaking world. They all have broadly similar systems that breed a two party state. In Australia the rise of minor parties and independents who can hold the balance of power has helped to keep their excesses in check, but as yet there is no third party to seriously challenge the other two.
 
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