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    (Original post by Made in the USA)
    Are you refering to the Americans that live in what we define poverty to be? From an article in the heritage foundation,here are some statistics regarding someone in American "poverty":

    Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

    Seventy-six percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, 30 years ago, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

    Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

    The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

    Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 30 percent own two or more cars.

    Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

    Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

    Seventy-three percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a third have an automatic dishwasher.
    but how old, exactly, are there cars? and its not hard to find a poor persons house larger than an appartment in a big overcrowded city.

    ex. in Houston a 2 bed 2 bath appartment will cost somewhere between (in a nice neighborhood downtown) 800 to 1500 a month.

    in san francisco a studio appartment downtown with half the sq. footage will cost the same price.
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    (Original post by curryADD)
    but how old, exactly, are there cars? and its not hard to find a poor persons house larger than an appartment in a big overcrowded city.

    ex. in Houston a 2 bed 2 bath appartment will cost somewhere between (in a nice neighborhood downtown) 800 to 1500 a month.

    in san francisco a studio appartment downtown with half the sq. footage will cost the same price.
    True but overall it's still a comparatively impressive quality of life and especially for being the poorer people of your nation.
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    (Original post by klichey82)
    1. Most Americans my age are not concerned with the war, personally I wish everyone just get along. I'm really not concerned with getting oil, or stealing resources from another country. I'm just trying to better myself.
    That is probably the problem - you should be concerned. Your democratic nation has embarked on a very controversial agenda. I'm afraid you have hit my main sore point with my american contempories, it is not acceptable to be unconcerned about the war in Iraq and your nation's foreign policy, especially when residing in a nation it affects so greatly.

    2. Americans are intrigued by your country and culture. We in general are outgoing, sometimes boisterous group, who sometimes tend to annoy the British, who I noticed are a little more reserved than most Americans.
    That comes from the time when our cultures divided at the end of the 18th century. From then on you guys were trailblazing and we were walking around the crystal palace drinking tea.

    3. We are not all fat and lazy, in fact, I am in excellent shape.
    But a lot of you are, you are also obsessed with having perfect teeth.

    My generation of Americans have grown up with money, and It appears that we are uneducated and dumb. I was accepted into this school amid fierce competition, and my parents are paying for this education. I cant help what my family has, and that is the case with most Americans.
    But please be respectful of those that do not have the chance to study abroad in the most expensive city in the world.

    I didn't mean for this to be a topic of my venting, but I've been here for 2 years and I just wanted to get this off my chest. I also feel that the media does not help to project a "true image" of our country. I wish that everyone in the UK could really see how America is, from the average teenager's point of view. Also, don't use the past to substaniate your opinions, The Revolution happened over a hundred years ago, and none of us were alive to see it.
    But what do you think of the UK, you seem to tar everyone with the same brush. There are a lot of people who disagree with the war in Iraq and feel that our leader was coerced into taking part by your administration. It feels to me anyway that our political power an independance has been usurped. The fact is you are the most powerful country in the world and affect other nations in the world profoundly, yet most of your citizens haven't even ventured out of their state, let alone to a foreign country. Unfortunately as a US citizen people transfer their unrest at US policy onto you, because they can't get hold of Dubya. There are many people in Europe who are extremely angry at US foreign policy and unfortunately US citizens abroad must bear the brunt of that anger, my advice is if you want it to stop, vote for a president that doesn't take the western world to war on a whim.
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    (Original post by curryADD)
    bush has screwed over our school system. period.
    However, Kerry plans to eliminate federal grants to students at private universities. Only the students going to state schools will be eligible for federal aid. I'd say that would do more damage to our education system than standardized tests.
 
 
 
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