The opposite of hero is not villain, it is "bystander"
" In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty." -Aurelius Augustine
"But why do they use them to make Brawndo??!!"
And in Germany, they went on a TV show and said that the US factory opened earlier!!Last year I was watching a seminar on CSPAN, it was either the Chamber of Comm or NFIB so they were definitely business folks. One guy gave rehash of trying to open two sister factories in N. America & Europe. They decide on S. Carolina and Germany. The short version of it was 3 years from starting the process the German factory was within a year of being fully operational. In the US they gave up and were building in Mexico.
The long version was painful. 3 years on the fed and state govts were locked in a battle over the land the company had already purchased with state and local help. He laughed about the fact that the company was gone yet the p###ing match between state & fed carried on. But that was just the big problem. The reality was in the numbers of different govt agencies he had to deal with. In Ger within a year they knew exactly where they stood on everything, building permits to sick leave to safety regs to taxes. Over here 3 years on the company was still discovering new govt agencies throwing up roadblocks. If you throw in what is probably or possibly coming down the road it's a wonder anyone would build here.
And what's that you say? The govt helped them buy land?
Damn that bureaucracy!!
I didn't experience any wait. In fact, it was twice as fast as it is in America, in my experience.
And then there's the simple fact that I was able to access health care at all without pawning half my belongings. I have a good job with insurance, and I live in a state with one of the best public care systems in the country, and still, one little tiny illness is enough to completely screw me financially. Standard deductibles on high-deductible plans have quadrupled just since I was in high school, less than a decade ago.
Honestly, I felt embarrassed for my country when I saw what healthcare was like in Europe. Completely ashamed.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
There can be a wait if you have something rare, but that's true no matter where you are -- America too. Hell, I had to wait over a month for "emergency" surgery to remove a cyst that could have burst and killed me at any moment. And again, this is in one of the best states in the country for health care, and I had insurance.
Also, American care homes can be extremely foul. I have found that to be true the world over, actually. Elderly care in general, everywhere, is atrocious. When I lived in NZ, I used to walk by a care facility on my way home from work, and I would stop every night and talk to a lady who lived there, because not only did she never get visitors, but the nurses pretty much just ignored her. She was wheelchair-bound, and they just left her to struggle, fall, get sores, etc. It was despicable. But it's just as bad here.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 01-16-13 at 03:40 AM.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
I can't help but laugh when Americans go on about wait times in other countries.