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jstkdn
jstkdn
Well-Connected

Aug-23-2005 08:40

Everywhere I go on the net, any American I talk to is complaining about gasoline prices. This makes me smirk.

The life of the dutchies:

Gas price: 6,60 USD per gallon.

It costs 3000 USD approx to get your drivers license. This assumes that you pass in one go, which few people do. Most take 2-3 times. Which is about 1000 USD a pop extra.

A new volkswagen jetta, 4 door, stick (which is cheaper then automatic), no extra's not even automatic rolling windows, the simplest version costs new: 30.000 USD.
To insurance: 1000 USD per year
Road tax: 340 USD per year.

This next to having the highest taxes in the world.

We do not get much more benefits then you do, except if you are unemployed, sick or underpriviliged....in that case you are taken care off from cradle to grave. No one is denied income, health care, schooling what so ever.
What we do have extra is that university is almost free compared to the US. But getting in is not a money matter, but an intellingence matter and only meant for 10% of the country. For the others there are other types courses and community college etc.

As a middle income person, you are pretty much screwed here. Unless you enjoy legal pot, gay marriage, and legal prostitution.

Still......I don't want to live anywhere else. It's great here.


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Luniar Arkain
Luniar Arkain

Sep-6-2005 19:54

*lives on the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio* Yeah, Lil', I'm feelin' the outrageous prices here, too.

DaRu
DaRu
Well-Connected

Sep-6-2005 21:29

Just a little humor to help us smile during the gas crisis. I told Waylon, my spouse, that we could start riding our bikes, instead of driving our cars to save on gas, however, I got to thinking that buisness owners would probably raise the price of air from fifty cents to $4.00 a puff hehe! OK, that's a bit steep, but when my Mom mentioned she wished we could go back to the horse and buggy days, I also told her that the price of horse feed would probably be so expensive that we couldn't afford to feed the horses or even shoe them. Besides, my horse would probably be so lazy it wouldn't pull me anywhere anyway...lol. All we can do is hope and pray that the price of gasoline will go down soon and not continue climbing. If it does, I'm afraid texan and I will not be going home for Christmas, or anywhere far for that fact. Oh well, might as well laugh about things than get all upset and cry. What will be will be and we can't do anything about, but pray. God bless America.

croesy2002
croesy2002

Sep-7-2005 01:59

my maths may be a little rusty but i just worked out that here in Cardiff (where prices hit 1.04/ litre today) it is the equivalent of $7.2/ a gallon (American gallon not British) which is double the price above!! (have decided to rediscover the ancient and mystic art of walking, well maybe i'll just walk to the bus stop ;) )

Thaddeus Mint
Thaddeus Mint

Sep-7-2005 02:05

Ouch, Croesy. Can send you a can up from London if you like - we're still on 99.99999999p here.

gradbeth
gradbeth
Well-Connected

Sep-7-2005 05:23

its crazy here in Maryland. Gas stations across the street from each other are totally different. Anywhere from $3.29 to 3.69

Gena Long
Gena Long
Sleuth About Town

Sep-7-2005 07:25

I found at $2.89 while traveling this week-end, I guess that manager hasn't seen the news in a while. Problem is that it's 4 hours from my house, so it does me no good.

LilRach
LilRach
Well-Connected

Sep-7-2005 08:03

Yeah, i have started taking the Columbus City buses to school. Saves on gases, and as a college student, I have a free bus pass.

Lil

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