What Americans Can Learn From Immigrants
Why do foreigners who come to America prosper while our own citizens can’t seem to make ends meet?
The answer is simple; people that come here from another country do not have the high expectations that our own citizens have.
I’ve seen many Americans who can’t pay their utility bills and yet they eat out, pay for cable television, buy high dollar coffees, own expensive electronics equipment and consider luxury items necessities.
What do immigrants do differently?
- Less Possessions
They don’t own a lot of excess stuff. Less clothing and gadgets saves money. When you don’t have a lot of things you don’t have to have a large home to store them. Not buying these extras saves you a lot of money.
- They Live Together
Sharing living accommodations and bills saves you a lot of dough. They share childcare, housekeeping and cooking chores. Everybody chips in and does their part.
- No Extras
Americans think that fancy coffees, eating out, pay television, high dollar electronic gadgets and getting pedicures are necessities---they aren’t. People new to this country are able to make it because they do more with less.
They cook their own meals, make their own drinks, paint their own toenails and entertain themselves without extra gadgets. Water is cheap and in some cases free, we don’t drink enough of it and it is good for us.
Laundry, hair cuts, childcare, lawn care and house cleaning are all done at home or bartered with friends and family. Think of all the things you pay to have done and they do it themselves or do without.
- Reuse Resources
They save money by using cloth diapers instead of disposable ones, no throw away dishes or napkins and wearing used clothing. America has so much waste we don’t know what to do with it all.
- Eat Less
Look around you and you will see a lot of obese people. Where I live it is a big problem. Immigrants eat much less and in many cases they eat healthier than our own citizens. Vegetables are first on their menu, next carbohydrates and last meat.
Eat until you are full. Don’t eat to have something to do.
Thinner people take up less room, are not as hard on furniture, are more agile and can do more work. Overweight people have more health problems.
- Walk More
They often don’t own cars so they use public transportation or walk. Even when they ride the bus, train or subway they usually have a way to go before they get there.
Walking is good exercise. Healthy people don’t get sick as often.
- No Vehicle
Cars are expensive. Not having a vehicle saves you money on gas, upkeep, parking, taxes and insurance. Not everyone can do without a vehicle and depending on where you live even some immigrants have to have transportation but if you live in a big city you can often do without one.
- Appreciate Free Education
There are a lot of countries that have to pay big bucks for their kids to go to school. I realize our taxes pays for education here but it is still comparatively cheaper than many other countries. Not only that, if they make good grades, score high on the ACT or SAT they can get part or all of their college paid for here.
American kids aren’t always taught the importance of an education. They take for granted the opportunities they have in this country. Many do the bare minimum to get through school and don’t try as hard as they should. Too many families and school systems put more importance on sports than academics.
- Work Hard
Our own people whine when they have to do a little more, many play on social network sites while on the job and others look for ways to get disability so they can sit at home with pay. In a word, most Americans are Lazy.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Immigrants who come here work hard and take pride in what they do even if it is sweeping a floor. They do more for less and Americans see them as a threat. Meanwhile we enjoy the benefits of their cheap labor at restaurants and stores and after they have built our roads, railroads, picked our crops and dug for coal.
Most citizens aren’t willing to do these jobs for the same amount of pay but are angry because of the people who are eager to do the work. I could go on about how higher wages drives up the price of goods but that isn’t what this article is about.
- Respect Our Country
To become a citizen you have to memorize our national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance and The Declaration of Independence. Most people born here don’t have a clue about any of these as we learned when celebrities are invited to sing The Star Spangled Banner. American kids are born thinking the world owes them everything and they don’t have to work for any of it.
Our country isn’t perfect but it’s better than a lot of places or foreigners wouldn’t be killing themselves to get in.
Everyone reading this has ancestors that were new to this country unless you are Amerindian. At one time your people struggled, worked hard and in some cases were discriminated against.
We could learn from immigrants how lucky we are to live in this country. We could learn to not take our freedom for granted and we could learn that working hard for what we have is our duty and no one owes us a damn thing.
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