Too few of those Europeans are engineers! We could use more european design
and commitment to quality.
By the way, I would give up the big house, lawn and automatic transmission to
live in Paris (en France) any day of the week.
But I've never been to Texas, USA (or is it a nation as well?); perhaps I could
find such european qualities closer to home.
Bill Polhemus wrote:
> > -----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
> unknown there.
> 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
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
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