Yes, I'm in Central Europe (Poland), but that is very much the definition of a Post Soviet economy. One that happens to be doing very well.
I'm also not saying that everything is better than it would be in the US, but there are a lot of positive things and it won't necessarily have the impact that you suggested on visitors. And I can say similar for other surrounding countries that I have visited since I've been over here. There's also places in the US that you wouldn't want to live in (and I've lived in a few of those).
I grew up just outside of Detroit in the 80's and spent 5 years living in Flint before moving to Chicago and then DC.
And definitely a lot of my savings is the cost of living difference between DC and Krakow. As I am comparing one large city of cultural opportunities and significance to another. And not the cost of living in a tiny town to a major metro area.
Could I afford a car if I wanted to? Yes. But it would not be worth it? No, as it's way easier to get around on mass transit than it would be to try and drive and find a place to park. If I need a car for a short period, I can rent it.
On the other hand, when I left DC in 2009, there weren't very many jobs out there, and I had a good opportunity where I went. I didn't plan to stay there long term, but after living there for a while, I decided at least for the time being to stay there, and not "oh, how good did I have it in the US".
As to the people that have pointed out the Midwest being a great place to live in the states, absolutely. I never said there are not good places to live and work in the US, what I responded to was the post where they said if any Americans go to Eastern Europe, they will necessarily come back with an appreciation of how good they have it in the US.