a reality check on american standards of living

From an excellent article entitled 16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here:

When my husband moved here (to Canada) he was a Chilean living in Spain. When he first arrived, he couldn’t believe how little we had to work for such money, and how we had the audacity to complain about being “overworked.” He was surprised that he could make enough to pay bills, buy groceries, pay rent, and still afford a social life and luxuries like our xbox while working as a pizza chef. Back home, he was working 12-16 hour days 6 days a week, with an extra 6 hour shift on Sundays, and he was making half as much. He had to work 8 months (while living with his mother) to afford the ~$4000 that constituted his plane tickets and first two months living expenses.

I also like how various individuals pointed out how well off the “poor” actually are:

That, generally speaking, the poor is [sic] more obese than the rich.

And

And even the lower middle class can afford this stuff. It’s like everyone has an iPhone.

Americans, even the poor, live the lives of millionaires.

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