The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sinking Ship

As I come out of seven weeks of cold, respiratory infection and pneumonia, I'm horrified to read about what is going on back in my native land of the USA. I try to stray away from politics on this blog to stay out of trouble, but as this is really about the USA and not a criticism of Vietnam, I'll include my thoughts:

While I enjoy my life here as a freelance writer in this communist country, I like to know that if things go sour some day, I can always come back and resume life in the freedom and prosperity God has blessed us with in America. Increasingly with each day however, I worry--and deep down I know--that America is not the same country I left before Obama took over. In fact, as Vietnam becomes increasingly capitalism and the people here gain new freedoms, America is degrading into a socialist state--perhaps worse.

As I read the headlines today on Fox, that Obama intends to regulate executive salaries across Wall Street, regardless of whether they received a government bailout or not, it sends cold shivers up my spine. Is this the beginning of the end? Are they actually putting a cap on the American dream? Mark my words--in months, maybe weeks, we will soon receive a list from this administration, mandating salary ranges for any number of industries and professions. Eventually they will come after all of us.

As a writer, my income is a pittance. But I accept this. I chose to trade I high salary for a unique lifestyle in an exotic location. As a freelancer and entrepreneur, regardless of my income, I recognize and appreciate the hard work these executives put in to get where they are. God bless them. I don't want to take away what they have. In fact, I hope that if one day I choose to move into another field or I higher paying position, that I might attain a comparable level of financial success. With todays news however, I can't help but wonder if it would be much easier to do it here in a communist country than my own native land.

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