I have worked in Australia
, New Zealand
, and Canada
. Except for not having the right paperwork when I arrived in New Zealand
was the hardest one to get into. Well, one time, I looked like a tourist and got right in, but another time, they asked "What job are you doing that couldn't be done by a Canadian?" Among other questions. We came up with a list of ten things you don't want to say to Canadian customs
during the long car trip...
As for entitlement/socialism vs work/risk, I would take socialism. I hate having to find 'the best' insurance
plan each year that you don't want to use, manage my 401k/IRA, do these complicated tax forms, etc. I have lots of other things to do. Yes, it could be setup better so that there is less corruption and fraud, and yes, it assumes that the vast majority of people will be 'good actors' and live lives where they don't try to hurt themselves. Plus, you get more time to vacation
, travel, and worry less about losing your job. And since I won't be able to retire any eariler than a European or Australian, what is the point of working 2-6 weeks more a year, having lots of my taxes
go towards the interest and military (who aren't stop piracy), and worrying about losing my savings with one surgery?