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Old 01-13-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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If you live anywhere in europe congratulations. Upon examination I found that the Euro has appreciated 35% over the last few years. I have been planning a trip to europe for two years now and because of our "fearless" leader's international diplomacy. I have had to save an addition 35% to take the same trip compared to a couple of years ago.
I hope that citizens of the world are taking advantage of an essentially "free" trip to the United States of late because it doesn't look like very many US citizens will be able to afford any sort of international jaunt in the forseeable future.

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Old 01-13-2005, 03:40 PM   #2
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Yeah and also thanks to the drop of value of the US dollar it makes doing business in the US cheaper. Which in turn means that it makes more sense to pay people in the US to the work than in places like say Japan or Germany. So be disgruntled that jobs have come back to the US. Especially since many of the end products will end up in US hands anyways.

Companies such as Siemens AG, Harmon Becker, Toyota, Honda, KIA, ATOFina, etc have begun putting more jobs in the US in the past year than in their home countries.

This is the other side of that coin.
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w00t! We're gonna be another 3rd world manufacturing farm soon!! Wal-Mart's gonna buy all its products from... US!

Seriously, though, it's all cyclical. It comes, it goes... c'est la vie.

While the exchange rate may suck for us 'merkins, it shouldn't stop any of us from traveling and enjoying ourselves. Just tighten the belt a bit and do it, because even having to pay 35% more is better than sitting around and doing nothing. I felt the sting on my last trip, but damn it was worth going into a bit of debt for!
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For the love of god,
Whats all the bischin about ?? The US dollar is what.......3rd strongest currency in the world, thats still fine, I wouldent worry about it. Besides theres tons of places you can still go, if you wanna flex american muscle that is the dollar head over too south america or south east asia and see how far that 35 per will get you, you dont have too go too Europe theres tons of other places too go, take it from us canadians that have even less loot too throw around.
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Old 01-14-2005, 07:54 PM   #5
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The dollar got a lot better today!! wow!!! the euro got 10 cents cheaper and the pound got 11 cents cheaper!
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Also, don't forget that all those Europeans coming over here for a "free" trip are spending their euros in our economy, paying for hotel rooms, restaurant bills, transportation, etc. This is the kind of thing our economy needs. The weak dollar has gone a long way towards propping up our economy...which is far stronger than Europe's and most of Asia. If you want to travel cheaply, hit central/south america or southeast Asia like was mentioned above. Save Europe for next year. Besides...the Tsunami areas need the tourist dollars!
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or go to mexico...get like 10X your bang for the buck there
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The Euro being strong is good for the US. Like said in the other posts, it makes more business come to the US cause it's cheeper to pay in the dollar... It only sucks for the Americans wanting to travel.. If you think of it, it's good for the country.. it will bring more jobs and get our economy moving again, and the only people that are affected is the people who CAN travel (the people who have a job and are living a normal life) I have no problem with a strong euro while I travel around Europe. It's not THAT bad, and trust me, the EU does NOT want a strong euro. They want the Euro and dollar to be par due to their domestic businesses looking to the USA 'cause of the weaker dollar..

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Old 01-19-2005, 01:20 PM   #9
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These excuses sound familiar somehow...

Does this mean americans will stop mocking other countries for their lower currency? Somehow I doubt it. Behold the mighty greenback (now with colour).
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HEY yanks, stop conplaining now you know how it feels to be canadain, we have had to save more and more each year but we still make it over, so buckle up and get to it

sorry but come on suck it up
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mmmmm....I do believe this issue has been resolved more than a month ago, and that's not necessarily the best way to start it back up again....
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^ what she said.

Besides, you guys have the better deal with being able to get work in the UK. So please be kind enough to allow us this gripe about our currency *just recently* (as opposed to always being that way) going into the toilet because of Cowboy George!
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Please keep in mind that there are many benefits to a weaker currency....if you remember........people a few years ago were griping because of all the jobs going overseas such as manufacturing to China, call centers to India, etc....well...having a cheaper currency allows jobs to stay here in the U.S. as goods made here are now much cheaper to the rest of the world, as are certain are services.

Certainly, this hurts a bit traveling to Europe...but Asia is still pretty reasonable. I am not a big George W supporter...but it is not his fault the economy contracted so much in 2000 - especially in the tech sector. Due to the tech economic contraction, governmental tax revenues are way down, which leads to deficits. The deficit is one contributor to a weaker currency...but not the only one, not by a long shot. There really isn't a whole lot a sitting president can do to manage this issue.....it is a result of a multitude of different economic factors. Were a different President in office and say we never went to Iraq....its quite likely spending would be at a similar level, it would just be going different places. That is a whole other debate....but as far as currency goes.......its really not his fault....nor is it entirely a bad thing. Cheers!
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So the plus side is that I get to visit America for cheap, but the downside is that I won't have a job when I go back.

I like to deal with one thing at a time so I don't see any downside to the above.
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sad our dependence on $....we have a long way to go as a species
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You know I think that it would be great if the EUR, USD, AUD and GBP were all 1:1 hell even make the JPY 1:100

Now I'm sure someone is going to retaliate that statement with something about it devastating our economy and we all die or something....

But it sure would make my life easier

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you know I really intended that to go on their
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