With my 16 Euros I can buy a roast chicken, loaf of bread, cheese, coffee and still have money left over for dessert.
In San Francisco, a roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni Cafe costs $49.00 (and isn’t nearly as tasty as the $7.00 roast chicken from the rotisserie truck here.
Why am I telling you this? Because I’m pissed off. I’m pissed off because I can’t afford to exchange all my hard-earned, increasingly worthless US dollars into Euros at the moment because of poor money management, not on my part (and believe me, I’m no financial genius), but on the part of the US government. The government that I just paid tens of thousands of dollars to on April 15th… or else.
Thanks to their poor management and favoritism to the very rich (I’m talking to you Geithner, Bernake et al), I spent the past year slaving away 24/7 to earn money, much of which is now being spent on wars, bank bail outs, interest rates to China and corporate tax breaks.
Sure, the French will tell you their taxes are high, but it seems they’re getting some value for their money. Their healthcare system is rated number one in the world, so they don’t live in fear of being bankrupted by illness. Their roads are well maintained so they don’t blow out their tires on a simple drive to the grocery store (and get taxed when they’re forced to buy new tires). They don’t work inhuman hours for an ever decreasing wage. Public servants, teachers and people who actually produce things aren’t treated as second class citizens to be bilked by the rich and powerful.
So where’s the change (aside from the pittance in my hand), President Obama? I understand that Bush got us into this mess, but from where I’m sitting, which is thankfully far away, things are only getting worse for the working class.
Ironically, the only way I can live the American dream these days is to be in France, where while I still can’t afford to buy a home, at least I can afford a chicken.
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