How is life in America

Fans of the west are often fascinated by the statistics of income in the United States and, like, low prices for clothes, cars and products.

Trick here is a fundamental difference between the Russian and the American economy. The fact is that in Russia all your expenses are obvious. You've come to the store to pay as much as indicated on the price list, then bought drugs for a certain amount, well, maybe you pay any more credit, for a car, for example.

In the U.S., it's different. Expenditure on food and clothes — this is only the tip of the iceberg of your spending. The system is built so that you have around, and everywhere, and for that, "should" you regularly pay. And if you do not want to be, then the credit history you can not see. And with no credit history you will not see anything. But this is in order. Here is the data from the site in 2009.

 5.5% and 3.5%

So, as you can see, the smallest expenditure — this is entertainment and service. But not because they are cheap here. On the contrary, the road. Americans are just little fun with you in our understanding. Once, and expensive. Football, beer, barbecue — that the interests of the average American.


Next is the "Everything else", which includes favorite Russians, especially Muscovites, shopping. The myth that America has cheap clothes, delicately silent fact that this is the level of the Moscow Cherkizon clothes, if not worse. Good quality things are not much cheaper if at all cheaper.

Dominance of cheap belongings terrible quality, high sales of stores like Wallmart, where the price of clothing fluctuate around $ 10 per item, a huge Chinese kolichesvo dumb products on the streets. In the U.S. clothing has long ceased to be a source of pleasure. Moscow, with its ornate, painted the girls on her high heels — it's just a feast for the eyes against his pajama pants and transparent holey leggings that are so fond of indigenous Americans.

Here is an example … We took the car in dillershipe where the secretary was sitting at a table with a jacket on his shoulders. Well dillership yet. And on his feet — his pajama leggings with sneakers. I understand that it is not an agent, that she rarely gets up from the table. But in Moscow or St. Petersburg is presenting myself with difficulty.


The cost of treatment. It is the most controversial figure in the ranking of expenditure. Consumers of health care services are divided into several categories.

— those who have insurance from your employer
— low-income, disabled or elderly citizens who are entitled to free insurance from the state
— NOT legal citizens residing in the country with no income (students, interns) — they can cover hospital bills, which were undergoing treatment. And can not cover.
— citizens without insurance who have income above subsistence level (respectively, without the right to free)
— illegals.

The last two categories will never see your doctor. They will die at home.

For example, a birth without complications in the United States there are around 20 thousand dollars. Since complications — more than a hundred. Arrival of the ambulance is one and a half to two thousand dollars. And so on.


Food. I can only add that all prices are given without VAT everywhere. The tax you will have after the counted total amount of products at the checkout. So here I will never know how much food to put in the basket.


Transport. The cost of a ticket on the subway or bus to the NYS $ 2.25.

Often I have heard and read such phrases from potential immigrants, "Okay, I'll buy a cheap car and going to skate."

Neet, no way, smart-ass nerd. The cheaper your car, the more expensive your insurance.

So you buy a normal car, will pay for insurance for the gas for the car park, and most importantly, for the fines.
Parked in front of Fire Hydrant — $ 150 fine. More than three speed ticket (speeding tickets) for six months, and you have selected the right to six months, and a fine will be several hundred. Driving a car without insurance — and you're in handcuffs. Beep in the wrong place, and voila, a penalty (on my street it $ 300). Parking in the wrong place — a fine of $ 50-80 dollars. And so on to infinity. The police are constantly patrolling the streets and prescribe penalties. If you do not pay and accumulated more than that is laid, your machine evacuated the next penalty, but it will happen soon, very soon. Any average driver has a few tickets a month, regularly dragged to court to discourage them (there is a chance to prove to the judge that the penalty is unfair), spends money on gasoline before the trial and the time is also money.

And nothing, let fined for parking. Yes, there is nowhere to park. Even for money anywhere. For example, in our Building no underground garage and every day we spent at least 40 minutes, circling the streets looking for parking. Parking is available free only during the day when everyone at work. Not only is the twice-weekly street clean, and the car must be removed from the parking lot to 10 am, and if you do not get out — fine. How many times we fell asleep in the car, waiting for a parking space available, do not count, how many times forget to rearrange the car in the morning …

Therefore, when a nearby underground parking freed one! place and we were able to agree on a parking lot in rents for $ 200 a month, we jumped to the ceiling. Personally, I have now after a year ordeal search of parking is a nervous tic. There are certainly places in NY where it's easy to find parking, but they are uninhabited, as a rule. So it's a sore subject. And you're happy to pay to get rid of this gemmoroya.


Graph does not show the cost of education. To be brief I will say this: teaching in the universities of the Ivy League (Columbia University, Harvard University), and many others from top universities is about 60 thousand dollars a year. Education in the remaining more or less decent schools is 30-40 thousand dollars a year. Education in Community Colleges (which as education can not be considered seriously, how our PTU) is 10-20 thousand a year. Prices for kindergartens and schools — a topic.


Real Estate. In the United States had such a wonderful thing as privatization of apartments, and rumors of an exclusive expensive real estate in Moscow — are exaggerated. For example, in Forest Hills built a new eight-story building.

The price of an average two-bedroom apartments — 500 000. The average price of homes in New York — from 4.2 million in those over 500,000 you will not want to live. There is no privatized housing. People renting apartments all my life. And if you buy a house, even after payment of all debts to pay property taxes each year. And it's a few thousand dollars. That is, even if your house — you still have to state.

So, to a more or less decent to live in the United States, your net income should exceed 50,000.

Now multiply it all by the fact that the minimum wage per hour here — $ 7.5.

It turns out that on a human in the United States live only those who earn between 50,000 clean. And all the rest are just there and feed on Food Stamps (food stamps), remove the little room, go on a dirty Subway with rats (not like our subway) and TP.

I am all for nothing. And the fact that the right to a decent life should be available to all, not just those who can earn a lot.

On the Internet popular sayings kvintesentsiyu which can be described as fo
llows: "The United States — is a paradise it's out there waiting with open arms, and if someone out there badly is because it's all losers losers.'s Those who get a hundred thousand a year to live well. "

Interestingly it turns out. That is, all are required to obtain one hundred pieces. And if you're black or poor Korean receiving 15-25 pieces, and it is not a person like that. Why do low-income people deserve a decent life for less than people with high.

This is the same nastoschy discrimination on financial grounds. Nobody is talking about Bentleys and a yacht for the poor. But in a good state to live with dignity all. Only decent.

In the U.S., for the poor tightly closed theaters, good universities and schools, decent medicine. Why are millions of live worse than dogs? Because they are losers?

And most importantly, with such a high income tax and such a low social sphere, where all the money. Clearly not for the construction of roads, because they are — also paid.

And in conclusion I would advise to see Michael Moore's "Capitalism. Love story."

Perhaps the veil from the eyes and get medical attention.

Published today report U.S. Bureau of Statistics has confirmed one of the worst of the facts of the U.S. economy.

Typical household income in 2011 decreased by 1.5%. But that's not the worst. The average income of a typical household (median) reduced the second year in a row, despite two years of recovery, and is now at 9% below the record high recorded in 1999. But that's not the worst. 46.2 million people live below the poverty line, defined by the Bureau — and it is a family of four with an income of 23,021 dollars or less — and income inequality increased again. All this is tragic, but I would say that is something worse.

Here is the schedule: the real earnings of men is lower now than in the early 1970s (these data do not include government payments to the public): 

What's going on? As explain Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney report for «Hamilton Project», indices of average annual earnings for men is actually worse than the Bureau of Statistics data show. If you take into account the earnings of all men — not just full-time employees — we will see a terrible failure in 28% of the curve showing the change in real average wages from 1969 to 2009. 


What's going on? As explain Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney report for «Hamilton Project», indices of average annual earnings for men is actually worse than the Bureau of Statistics data show. If you take into account the earnings of all men — not just full-time employees — we will see a terrible failure in 28% of the curve showing the change in real average wages from 1969 to 2009. 


The following happens — men drop out of the category workforce full time in frightening numbers. Greenstone and Looney used data from the Bureau of Statistics to determine where they go. Much of the growth of these indicators have on the elderly, early retirement, and middle-aged men who became disabled or were not able to find a job. This raises the possibility that, in addition to those who are desperate to find work, many men also enjoy growing social protection, to keep away from the inclusion of the category of the labor force.

As Hanna Rosin explains in his article, "The disappearance of men» («The End of Men») and the second book, this long-term trend is fueling the destruction of industries with traditionally male-dominated. Almost half of the jobs, created over the past 15 years, fell to government agencies, health care and education — three industries that are too large and diverse to be able to say that they "dominated by women" — but, nevertheless, they historically dominated by women participation. Employment in manufacturing has reached the highest ever in a century to the mid-1970s, and has since fallen to its lowest level since 1930.

For the measurement of poverty, the saddest part of today's United States Bureau of Statistics report, it costs nothing new. This is just a confirmation of the 30-year growth trend terrible wages of men, even full-time workers. In other words, it is not just the reality of Obama's America, but also America's Bush and Reagan's America (the real wages of men explicitly grew under Clinton). Men are losing their positions, and it is not clear whether they have — or somebody else — tools or ideas to reverse this trend. 

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