All Americans are rich

@laurika (4536)
United States
October 23, 2007 2:10am CST
I was wonder if somebody have experience with this too...if yiu travel somewhere out from america, do you feel like people think how great USA is and if you are turist they think you have much money and trying to take advantage of you??? I am not american, but my fiancee is and I had that feeling when we were living in country out of USA.People just though how much many he has, becuase where he is from....and how great have to be living in USA.Did you ever experience this? And you guys who are not american, do you think similar, or are you realistic?
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18 responses
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Growing up in Scotland it was always my perception that America was a vey wealthy country and people lived in houses made of gold and all that other nonsense. Having lived in the US for 4 years and having travelled extensively across the country that idea had been completely killed as I have seen some areas of extreme poverty.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
24 Oct 07
Tell you the truth I was surpriced too, but maybe it is where we lived right now.This city is really wird and so many poor people, never see it in my life.
• Italy
23 Oct 07
i don't think this,but i'm sure that this is a stereotype. this because people see americans only in television,so they think to know this country,but they only see the best way of this huge country. i travel a lot across usa,and i'm sure that not all american are rich,but however,is the country with the high percentage of rich people.bye
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Yeah you are right they consider this from tv.
• Indonesia
23 Oct 07
The fact is (if I'm allowed to comment), it's not all but most American are rich. I heard from my trainer, he told me 65% of world money are stay in United States. Big comapny had their head quarter in USA. Company like sony (the PS division) are in USA. You know why, because USA have the bigger market in the world. If we talking about stocks : Nasdaq & Dow Jones is number 1 biggest stock exchange in the number. You know why people always said American is free country? I'm still confuse about these statement
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Ok 65% of world money are here in USA, but it doesn't mean the people here have those money in their hands or in banks.Yeah I am sure there are here many actors who are rich, but still how many homeless people USA have and people who don't have health insurance...and so ..
• Philippines
23 Oct 07
In my country, Philippines, there's a lot of American expats here, and American tourists.And people here think the same way too.They think that all Americans are rich.Actually not just Americans, even to those other nationalities, as long as they're whites.There is always a connotation that white men are rich.Well probably because the exchange rate of their money.But I agree that all whites are rich.They can afford to travel because the country that they will visit has less value of currency compared to them, so that is why they can experience of the luxuries in that certain country.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Ok, i have been in many coutries, but I don't think I am rich.But it really probably depend what is being rich for us.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
23 Oct 07
We run the whole spectrum. Dirt poor to very ver rich. I guess it depends on how you define rich. I consider myself relativley poor, yet I own a car, cell phone, computer, we eat, I have a roof over my head. I struggle to keep them but I have them. some one living on the street may consider me to be rich. Also, tourists are also wealthy enough to travle abroad. When you see an american in a foriegn country, they obviously were rich enough to take such a trip where as someone like myself could bener afford such a trip in my current situation. So you would not nessesarily see someone like me abroad. If you travel here from another country, you are more likely to be in "touristy" areas and may not see the porrer areeas in america. The thing with america is that at least the opertunity is there to become rich, despite the notion that the rich get richer and the poor only get poorer, and the dramaticized barriers to succeeding, the opertunity is there.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I guess it really depend on our opinion.I have travel many coutries already and Idon't consider myself as a rich, but somebody might.
@viroop (155)
• China
23 Oct 07
i cant support this statement that all americans are rich and i dont think so because there are also so many poor people in america also if we croos throught the village areas of the amrican we can have a look of the poor people and the home less and helpless .we cant expect that all are rich there are also people likethat
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
That wasn't statement, read my discussion one more time.
@marabdl86 (615)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Yes i know from experience. When i went to go visit fmaily in Jordan all the ones that were distant, just thought we had it great etc. and they spoke to highly of it. It's great to be an American but it is very overrated. You still have to work, or you'll be broke. You still have to pay taxes or your goign to jail. You still have to follow the laws as well AMerica is as good as you make it, and if you're rich be ready to pay taxes out of your butt lol
@laurika (4536)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Exactly, thank for response.
• Philippines
24 Oct 07
im a realistic person but unfortunately here in our country it is a notion that americans are rich. we have what we call "jeepneys" here and when someone saw an american ride a jeepney rather than a taxi or his/her own car, they'll just say "what happen, poor american". and also some take advantage of the turistas. i guess it happen a lot unfortunately;-(
• United States
24 Oct 07
This is the biggest misconception ever. Not all Americans are rich. In fact, majority of us live near poverty level. Only about less than 10% of Americans are rich, most of us are not. I have had people from other countries try to hit me up for money as well, and all I have to say is,"You aren't getting any money off of me."
• China
24 Oct 07
I ever had a foreign teacher who comes from America,during the class we usually do some interesting task,and after we could had lunch with him.He told us many things about his country,his family,I feel the most is he and his big families all work had and live happily.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
24 Oct 07
I live here, I am not rich, so what catagory do I fall under? Actually, I never thought about that before. Other countries, I would like to tell you, we are not all rich. Everyone in our government is rich, but they are quite stingy with the love. When it comes to the money, they draw a line at how "United," we really are, LOL. I do believe that America is the land of opportunity. I also believe that what you put into it, you will get out of it. Americans as a whole(me included) are pretty lazy. We sit back and complain about others coming over and taking our stuff, but they are also coming over and doing the jobs that we refuse to do. In our defense though, I have to say, a lot of the jobs do not pay enough for the work that is expected of you. There are a lot of Americans that work hard, bust their butts and at the end of the day, there is nothing to show for it. Sometimes I think the government may be trying to price us out. But okay, I am going to shut up now, because politics is not my area of expertise and I could be digging a ditch for myself. Peace.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
23 Oct 07
I'm an American and I don't think about how much money anyone has. I also don't try to rip people off. People in America don't necessarily go with the whole haggling system that others use...and I don't know, maybe that's why it seems different. But I think you can't compare All Americans to a few, especially if you've only travelled to touristy places.
• China
23 Oct 07
i don't think all america are rich. they are rich when live here with us together. but most time they are poor in the usa. we are poor here when we are rich somewhere.
@derek_a (10902)
23 Oct 07
I am realistic. I am British and have never been the to U.S.A. But I hear on the news that America has similar problem to us - e.g. this latest property problems that we are also getting. Many people come to live in the U.K. because that will mean riches too - but that is not so either. Nobody goes without food over here, so I would say that wealth is very much to do with a state of mind. A billionaire, down to his last million can think he is poor. Yet someone who suddenly wins half a million on the lottery, can think he is rich.
@drannhh (15206)
• United States
23 Oct 07
People try to take advantage of us right here in the US, so when I travel outside the US I don't expect people to act much differently. But I know what you mean. It is like when I was a little girl and took my first train ride into Chicago. We were a poor farm family with no running water and the toilet outside but there was a dignity that came with the land and although we didn't eat well all of the time we did grow most of our own food, so between the chickens and the goats and the veggie garden we had more food than some. We were taught that there was no shame in having old clothes as long as they were clean and mended. But riding through the "bad" part of that big city on the train we saw into the back yards of the city-poor and that was different. I saw real poverty for the first time, dark and full of despair, where people don't bother to mend their curtains or their clothes and litter piles up in the backyard. That was a side of the city you don't see when you drive in on the freeway and everything looks so pretty and manicured. A lot of dreams come true in the US, but for most it takes a lot of hard work to make that happen, and no, the streets certainly are not paved with gold. Many are not even paved. It entirely depends on where you end up.
@AmbiePam (48646)
• United States
23 Oct 07
Yes, I have experienced that. But I don't know if it is because I'm American, or of I'm just a plain tourist. I'm not sure if they would behave the same way if I were some other nationality. But I have been shocked before when people trying to sell me things have accused me of being stingy because I'm a 'rich' American. That sure made me laugh hard, LOL.
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 07
To me I am realistic and I never take demography and geography elements or factors for live or life's well being to anyone that I met before or for now or going to be in my future friendship, relationship and networking. Any tourist of course has their special financial plan to equilibrates their expenses abroad. The outstanding of it and the contingencies spared. Rich or poor does not reciprocates the origin country that one's belongs to. My personal opinion, one's consider a rich tourist person when they use their interest earnings from any financial institution for their vacationing purposes.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Oct 07
In some places that would be the case, but I don't think not all people who sees American tourists would simply jump in front of them. I've worked and interacted with foreigners, who came from countries like UK and other parts of the Europe. I believe they came from a place better than that of the US, since their monetary value is alot bigger than that of the dollar. And I don't see people crowding them, they are just there walking freely in public and were treated as the same as those locals.