/ Moving from United Kingdom to USA. Is it worth it?
I've traveled to 5 continents and know how lucky we are here in the USA. But having said that, unless you're very wealthy, our quality of life lags behind much of the developed world.
As others have pointed out on this thread, the problem is wealth inequality and the widening income gap. One percent of the US population controls about 24 percent of the national wealth, a number not seen since the late 1920s. Middle-class wages have been stagnant for at least a decade, if not longer.
Frankly, the mood in this country is downright scary. Many Americans are terrified of losing what little they already have. They've jumped onto the Tea Party bandwagon, even though this populist movement is manipulated & control by powerful business elites, who clearly do not represent the best interests of working Americans.
Despite the rhetoric of change & hope, President Obama has done little, if anything, to improve the lives of ordinary Americans. In fact, he's moved from the center to the right, and has allowed the Republicans to frame the debate on the economy, e.g., the current nonsense regarding the debt ceiling. Sure, the national debt is a concern in the long-term
, but right now what is needed is job creation
, a fact sadly lost on Republicans and most Democrats.
So, if I were an educated & skilled worker looking for someplace new to live, the USA would be the last place on my list.