"there is something else that Europeans should think about: this is going to cost you also. we can not continue to pick up the burden for NATO, the UN, and every flipping disaster, if we are spending more on government programs. you are going to have to do more".
That's is the problem of being the only superpower for the moment, you get taken for a ride.... but it will get better. Before long the Chinese will start to repatriate the trillions of dollars they have accumulated, by buying up all and sundry, just like the Japanese did to us. Re: NATO,UN and every flipping disaster, been there done that a while ago when we were the only superpower! Super powers always go into decline, yours has already started (ours has nearly ended) look at the rise of China, India, and Brazil and Russia? with all those natural resources! We on the other hand are a small country, a backwater, like Sandy. We have done our bit, just let us snooze! ;)
By the way, love your country,(except the LA freeways) love the people, travelled all over, Yosemite NP was glorious. Moved on to Cuba, beautiful beaches, very cheap, excellent health care. You don't know what your missing! (Whats that I hear, howls of I told you so!):) Only place I've ever seen tank transporters converted into buses.
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