I think everyone should try to live in a foreign country with a totally different culture. It was a great experience (except the part with the explosions in my neighborhood... lol)
I don't want to generalize too much, but I think most Americans are clueless about the rest of the world - What you get from the news just doesn't cut it and that's if they even care enough to pay attention... I know I really didn't before I left... And as bad as our economy is now, we are still spoiled compared to the rest of the world.
In Israel, gas was about $6 a gallon, the tax on vehicles is 100% - 150% (A new Mazda 3 would be over $40k, they have 15%+ VAT on everything else, in addition most things need to be imported so many things cost double what they do here in the US. And the median income in the town I lived in was about $1000 a month.
As a result, unless they have a pretty good job (In this case I would say making about 40k+ per year) were the company provides a leased car, most people cannot afford to own a vehicle and have to take the bus/train/walk everywhere they have to go.
A side benefit to that is their obesity rate is much lower than ours - not too many fat people there - that was one thing that I noticed as soon as I got back to the US, I was waiting in the parking lot while my wife ran into Wal-Mart: There are fat people everywhere! lol
With this experience and seeing the direction our government is heading, I have decided to start preparing for the worst. Luckily right after we returned we were able to pay off both of our vehicles, so once we get settled in I'm hoping to start stocking up on things and be able to purchase a few guns... Now the trick is to convince the wife that she doesn't need a new car...