I live in a country, France, with a socialist political format. I am not miserable. Neither are my friends and neighbors. We eat and drink well, enjoy sports, travel, and culture...museums, galleries, concerts, theatre, etc. There's little sense of jingoism or conspicuous patriotism (rarely see flags). I've lived here for 14 years, but hard as I look I can't find the misery like that seems rampant lately in the U.S. Everyone except the comfortably rich seems to be angry, hateful, churlish, unhappy, anxious, and, yes, miserable. What's up?
i spoke too soon! you, bbethany7 are the rogue, knave or both! congrats on using the word churlish which perhaps your gathered from reading chaucer. being middle or upper class providees a rather simple life. the downtrodden are less fortunate for whatever reason. in the u.s. our population precludes us from stiffling the economy by adopting obammanism..er..i mean socialism.. so sit outside your little cafe and drink your expresso. try doing that in compton or cabrini green or many parts of soon to be socialist england. oh, and keep you little pinkie out as you sip your foamy latte.
And your education is free, right? Over here, you have to take loans out and then you struggle. Same with health care. Everyone is one accident away from living in some roach infested slum apartment. But at least the stock market is going up, lol.
France natioal debt 1,874,654,504,872 euros that's 85% of the country's GDP
France has one of the most generous welfare states. A low retirement age and powerful unions to resist any increase in retirement age, means the government could increasingly face a rise in the dependency ratio and higher entitlement spending.
Enjoy your socialist state while it last,we're next in line,hard times ahead