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Vive La Difference

Dear CC: I just learned that everyone in Europe

gets six weeks off and full health benefits. I've been in my job five years and

still get two weeks and have to pitch in for insurance. Why do Euros have it so


They also eat salad for dessert. Wouldn't you rather have a

Snickers? Don't even think about comparing your lot to some mademoiselle's in Marseilles. They have

guaranteed jobs for life, lovers on the side, and they never get fat. We have

chronic indigestion, 10,000-person downsizings to please Wall Street, and

nobody's getting laid enough. But we're Americans, damn it, and we wouldn't

want it any other way.

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