> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 9:55 PM
> To: ?
> Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
> Lots of people travelling on
> vacations or commuting to work on the trains--not one starving hollow
> cheeked children begging for cigarettes. People live pretty much the way
> I do. Except of course they don't spend so much of their time working for
> insurance companies.
That isn't what I said. I said that you might WISH to have all the "joys" of
European working-class--six-week vacations, bullet-proof employment
protection, guaranteed health care for next to nothing--but you will NOT
want to pay the price that they pay.
They have a LOWER standard of living than we do. It's as simple as that.
Little things we take for granted, like air-conditioned cars with automatic
transmission, spacious homes with large lawns, and essentially the
opportunity to order your life the way you see fit, are all practically
Here's one indicator: With all the focus on ILLEGAL immigration, people
sometimes forget how LEGAL immigration to this country has mushroomed over
the past decade or so. And while a good number of these immigrants are from
Asia and Latin America, about one-third are from Europe. Not just EASTERN
Europe, mind you, but Western Europe as well. If you check the "balance of
trade" between the U.S. and the E.U. nations, I think you'll find it's no
contest: Americans may go there to travel and sight-see, but Europeans are
coming here to live.
William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
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