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Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby narcoleptish » Wed May 09, 2012 11:35 am

In these times of uncertainty and division and really bad television, would you move to a different country if you could?

Hypothetically at least. If you had nothing keeping you here (friends, family, dream job, etc) and an easy path to citizenship somewhere else, would you do it and where would you go?

I know Galoot is leaving (or at least trying to) and I seem to remember him/her mentioning NZ. That's where I'd go if I could. Most amazing place I've ever been. Of course that's based on 17 days as a tourist and not trying to make a living, but if I had nothing keeping me here I think I'd take the chance.

Or do you still feel like this is the best the world has to offer?
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Galoot » Wed May 09, 2012 11:40 am

Try? There is no try, padawan!

NZ was looking possible, then I got a job offer to teach at a private international American school in Salvador, Bahia Brazil.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby scratch » Wed May 09, 2012 11:58 am

Yes. Vancouver, B.C. In a heartbeat.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Meade » Wed May 09, 2012 12:01 pm

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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Ducatista » Wed May 09, 2012 12:45 pm

We've talked about moving to the Netherlands if my work provided the opportunity (not likely, but not out of the question). I always picture ending up back here, but we could happily spend a few or more years in NL.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby rabble » Wed May 09, 2012 1:30 pm

Yeah, in a heartbeat. We're stuck here till retirement but if we could, there are several countries we would prefer to this one and if things are still like this in a few years, we're outta here.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby ilikebeans » Wed May 09, 2012 1:57 pm

Any of the Scandinavian countries value things like health care, education, parental leave, vacation time, and scientific inquiry to a degree that would throw half this country into a freakout shitstorm.

Of course, this means they're generally ahead of us on nearly every quality-of-life indicator that exists.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Remember_Me » Wed May 09, 2012 1:59 pm

Don't let the door hit any of you...
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby rabble » Wed May 09, 2012 2:37 pm

Don't plan to. You kids have fun with whatever the one percent lets you keep.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Remember_Me » Wed May 09, 2012 2:44 pm

rabble wrote:Don't plan to. You kids have fun with whatever the one percent lets you keep.


What can I say? We're trendsetters.

Remember when Europeans ridiculed us for being fat? And now it's happening there too. We're the world's California. It just happens here first.

The one percent won't just take over America silly.

They'll come for you no matter where you are.

And when that happens, I'd much rather be here then there.

Wherever "there" happens to be.

You do realize visiting and living are two very different things right?
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Ducatista » Wed May 09, 2012 3:00 pm

Remember_Me wrote:Don't let the door hit any of you...

Well, that was kind of bitchy. Did an expat steal your lunch money or something?

I love Madison, and I expect to live out my life here. But I really enjoyed living and working in NL, and I like the idea of making a longer go of it. Why not get a multinational perspective if circumstances allow?
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby Remember_Me » Wed May 09, 2012 3:08 pm

Ducatista wrote:
Remember_Me wrote:Don't let the door hit any of you...

Well, that was kind of bitchy. Did an expat steal your lunch money or something?

I love Madison, and I expect to live out my life here. But I really enjoyed living and working in NL, and I like the idea of making a longer go of it. Why not get a multinational perspective if circumstances allow?


It's one thing to leave the country for work or to broaden your horizons.

It's another to give up on your country and start packing your bags at the first sign of trouble.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby scratch » Wed May 09, 2012 3:16 pm

Remember_Me wrote:[It's one thing to leave the country for work or to broaden your horizons.
It's another to give up on your country and start packing your bags at the first sign of trouble.


Between you, Meade, and Ted Nugent I'm having second thoughts.

Okay, they're gone.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby jman111 » Wed May 09, 2012 3:17 pm

Remember_Me wrote:...at the first sign of trouble.

Um, yeah.
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Re: Would you leave the U.S. ?

Postby fennel » Wed May 09, 2012 3:25 pm

jman111 wrote:
Remember_Me wrote:...at the first sign of trouble.

Um, yeah.
To wit, January 20, 1981.
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