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Interesting, Amy. When my husband and I did our taxes this year (and as an attending physician, 41.5% of his paycheck goes to federal, state, local taxes and FICA) we figured out that if we lived in germany we only would have paid $1100 more for the entire year. For that money, we would have had private health insurance (not the regular old govt. insurance), our kids would have free preschool and kindergarten and collge...and we would have free medications when we retire...
Originally posted by amyk:
ps oh ya, kris, that's right, about the money. this goes back to the question about 'would you be willing to live more like europeans do', but I guess a lot of people include living large in having it all. easy for me, since i was never really into that. not on my dime, anyway. :laughing:
I don't understand why pointing out that you get more for your money in Germany means that I should leave my country of citizenship and move there....why can't we make changes in this country so that the money that we pay in is actually used more appropriately?
Originally posted by EKM:
Maybe its time to move to Germany, Kris..
That's precisely what I'm striving for... part-time work, be there for my kid, AND have time to socialize and have a good relationship with others around me. I agree with the "everything in moderation" point that you bring about. Certainly, you can't have it all, if you expect it all to be done in a "super-sized" manner. You probably can't have it all even in moderation, only b/c we as humans live only one life, and there's so much to do... I believe it is a matter of striving towards "having it all", doing what you can... utilizing what you've got to get there.
Originally posted by amyk:
How about "everything in moderation"? :laughing:
Seriously -- one kid, part-time work, recreation and time for self-care, time to be married (and even have sex). I feel like 9 months into motherhood, I'm finally getting things balanced in a really nice way. Now, of course, I've jinxed myself.
I think a big part of the problem -- and the thing that leads us to nod & say wisely "you can have it all, just not all at the same time," is that we structure professional work in this country so that it consumes your life. If we can change that, and help push the active-fatherhood movement along, I bet we'll find a lot more women saying that yes, they have it all...if not in supersized portions.
I agree with you Kris...that was a joke, I think you took that differently then I meant it. I am definately loyal to the USA, my country, but I lived in Germany for 4 years as a kid(military brat) and I loved it, it really is a neat place.
don't understand why pointing out that you get more for your money in Germany means that I should leave my country of citizenship and move there....why can't we make changes in this country so that the money that we pay in is actually used more appropriately?
Don't blame the messenger..