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    elwior

    Government spend enormous amounts of tax dollars on the medical system which goes straight to the oligarchs who spend it on the usual things. Let's be clear what those things are. Someone did a study of what people who stole massive amounts of money during the S & L crisis did with that money. They found that much of it went to prostitutes and cocaine dealers.

    The only thing that is keeping Europe from falling into the U.S. trap is that Europeans are much more politically sophisticated than Americans. They don't drink the Kool-Aid of American Exceptionalism--they know where that kind of thinking leads. Americans want to live in fantasies more than they want to face the facts--this is out of character for Americans--we have a pragmatic history--we had a can-do attitude. Now we have nothing left except to face utter ruin either in going to a neo-feudal order (our best hope), civil war, or a totalitarian system (unlikely--the martinets that would be forced to run it are just too fucking stupid).

    I had not seriously considered becoming an ex-pat myself but i'm considering it now--if I have any money left and can sell this house. If I don't, I know how to get by when things get rough--might be fun even if my life might be shorter.

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