I'm writing this because I just want everyone to know what's going on in the world. This is not a troll post. If you read this entire post (not knowing what I'm going to tell you) and you don't think it's important, I feel really sorry for you.
During my first month here, I was at McDonalds with some Chinese co-workers. At one point, a middle-aged couple came in and had this heart-to-heart conversation with the young boy working behind the counter. It was all in Chinese of course so I asked my colleagues what they said.
Basically, it was the boy's parents, and they were saying: "Son, we don't want you to work here anymore. We've bought you a car, we've bought you a house, and we'll give you everything you need, you don't have to work any more."
His parents are so rich, they just bought him a house, and have enough money he doesn't need to work. This is not uncommon now, in any tier 1 or tier 2 city.
This in China, now. It is no longer chicken-filled streets, people on bicycles and those funny little pointy hats. Every day, I go to work, I see endless streams of Audis, BMWs, Porsches, Land Rover SUVs, Jaguars. I've seen at least 5 Lambos.
This is Shenyang, a relatively unknown tier 2 city in northeastern China.
How did China become so rich? Unfair trade. You see, when a Chinese person wants to buy a foreign product, they have to pay tax. Wanna buy a Ford F150? Gotta pay 100% extra money in tax, that extra money going to the Chinese government. It's to "protect" their local ****. Has America been doing this? No.
Do you know the real reason why Facebook and Twitter and all other big websites like this are blocked in China? Not because of politics or anything like that. It's because of money. Those websites make big money and they want to keep that money for themselves. So, they have Baidu (Google copy) Renren (Facebook) Taobao (Ebay) Ganji (Craigslist) and it goes on and on and on.
Basically, China is like a black hole of money, they have sold the west cheap junk for two decades -- cheap junk that was NOT tariffed like they do to us -- and became rich off of that. And that money isn't coming back.
And by the way, there's approximately 300 million young people over here studying to be engineers, lawyers, doctors, and so on, and they study about 12 hours per day. And many have every intention of coming to America to earn more money.
The west is pretty much sunk and most of you don't even realize it yet.