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July 15th, 2007
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Friends list vs. American public: ROUND 1, FIGHT!
Poll #1022009 Economics hypotheticals

Which job would you prefer?

My current job
18(34.6%)
The same job, but with a 10% pay cut and 10% more leisure time
25(48.1%)
The same job, but with a 10% raise and 10% less leisure time
9(17.3%)

All other things being equal, where would you rather live?

You have a 3,000-square-foot house and everyone else has a 2,000-square-foot house
6(11.8%)
You have a 4,000-square-foot house and everyone else has a 6,000-square-foot house
45(88.2%)


Once you're done, see how other Americans answer these questions. All I can conclude is that something is wrong with somebody, somewhere.

(Incidentally, the article's an insightful look at why the United States is the only -- only -- advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation. That alone makes it worth a full read.)

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From:arethinn
Date:July 16th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I know you're just repeating the questions from the article, but I don't like either of those house situations so much. Even a 2,000 square foot house is significantly larger than the one I live in. I wanted to pick the first option not because it was bigger than my 2,000 ft^2 neighbours, but because it only requires me to clean 3,000 ft^2 of house and not 4000 ft^2! :P (In the end I picked the latter because it means I have more garden space than my neighbours with their 6000 ft^2. Honestly, though, who needs that unless they have a family of 10?)
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From:postrodent
Date:July 17th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
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What I want to know is who wants to live in a castle and, this is the important part, sentence everybody else to a mud hut. Those are the people running the country right now, and they need to be *fixed*, the same way people who are violently insane need to be *fixed*. They can't even look after their own interests in a sane and stable way, as the last six years have proven.
From:tropism
Date:July 17th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
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I don't want to live in a castle. One of those decommissioned nuclear silos, though...;)
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From:dewhitton
Date:July 17th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
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And from there you could TAKE OVER THE WORLD! MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAaaa sorry
From:tropism
Date:July 17th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
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I don't understand the stereotypical, puritan, American attitude towards work. I never have, and I never will. I view people with 'a strong work ethic' (you know, the ones who rarely take vacation if they have it, who never call in sick even when they should, who're always taking work home with them even when they don't have to) as strange, alien, and possibly dangerous entities. (Note that I'm not talking about someone who genuinely enjoys what they do. The small shop owners, the coder geeks who put in 16 hours a day busting their ass trying to achieve their goal or to figure something out -- that is entirely within my world-scope. I'm taking the corporate drones.)

There's only two reasons I work: because I need money to survive, and I need money to have fun. Not that I can't have fun without money, but it's hard to have fun when you have no money. You're usually too stressed out worrying about survival.) That's all. My goal in life is to be comfortable and to live as much of it as I want the way I want to. Fuck keeping up with the Joneses.
From:premchai21
Date:July 17th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. —Bertrand Russell

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