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November 9, 2010
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Greetings Everyone!

This blog is written to introduce you to the culture and daily life of the United States.

Because the American society is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural one,  I will focus on the common items that transcend the many cultures and the experiences that Americans encounter in everyday life.  The society is very diverse, therefore, the blogs I write will not apply to every person, but in a general sense.  Hopefully enough information will be provided to help you imagine that "You Are There!"

 

08:09 PM Aug 23 2016

WobblyJoe

WobblyJoe
United States

"if the government adjusted the incomes to the price increase"- President Nixon tried this in 1971. It was a disaster. It failed completely. There is a cultural bias here against such governmental powers, it wasn't well supported by the people.

12:25 AM Aug 21 2016

englishteacher24/7
United States

Hi Anja, your assessment of the current U.S. presidential campaign is right on. Typically, presidential campaigns are intense between the candidates, however, in this campaign season all the stops were pulled out and this one takes the cake.

Nevertheless, I believe that after the election, things will settle down, although we'll be at a crossroad of things getting better or worse. Time will tell.

Grocery prices have been incrementally inching up over the 2 years since you were here but some food prices have come down such as milk, eggs, and some produce. Many people shop the sales and use coupons.

The demographics of the country are changing rapidly and some people are not accustomed to seeing it change before our very eyes. Keep hope alive and stay tuned.

12:24 AM Aug 19 2016

buttafly

buttafly
Germany

Hello Alston! It's nice to read a comment from your perspective. The two presidential candidates clearly seem to divide America. In an established magazine I read that the campaign has "morphed into a movement". As outsiders we read and hear all kinds of words- vulgar ones, embarrassing ones, angry and dishonest ones..and many, many lies. I truly hope for the American people that who ever wins the election, will not demolish the hope for a better America.

Exactly 2 years ago I spent two weeks in Miami. First thing I noticed was the prices for groceries that have sky-rocketed since my last visit. When I asked if the government adjusted the incomes to the price increase as well, I only looked into frustrated faces. It's clear to see that the trust in the US government is at its lowest since the last decade. Well, it's on all of the US-voters alone to make a difference - especially for the younger generation!

01:47 AM Aug 15 2016

englishteacher24/7
United States

Well AnjaWobblyJoe has summed it up pretty good in a nutshell. Our country is split right down the middle politically and in many other areas. Much of the greatness you mentioned is momentum from the past which is the theme Donald Trump uses to try to recapture it.

Back in the 1980's our Japanese vice president of the company I previously worked for said, "The U.S. is a great country!"

Objectively speaking I can see certain aspects of his point from the perspective that the U.S. is a vast country with a lot of useable land (less than 10% is developed) many natural resources, agricultural technology, research and development, and a host of other areas.

Nevertheless, I would have to take a sober position with WobblyJoe on the current assessment of our country. Previously the U.S. was in the top 10 in many areas but unfortunately we are now in the top of lists that we don't want to be.

We are at a critical point for our country and the politicians can say this, that, and the other. However, the bottom line for the vast majority of Americans is their ability to provide food, clothing, and shelter for their families.

11:53 PM Aug 14 2016

oblaco848

oblaco848
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Thank's, very interesting blog!

08:20 AM Aug 12 2016

buttafly

buttafly
Germany

Hello Wobbly Joe. Thank you for elaborating on this topic. It was interesting and very informative to get an inside view from someone who experiences the whole campaign first-hand. Like I said before, I have always followed parts of the presidential elections. On a linguistic level it is impressive to see the strategy of words, candidates use to get their message across - sometimes clear, sometimes not so clear! What makes this campaign so outstanding is not only the unpredictability but the irrefutable emotionally-charged language that is used. 

Our world experiences one crisis after the other. Whatever the future holds, one thing is certain - this year's presidental election will make history. God bless everyone of us!

12:27 PM Aug 10 2016

WobblyJoe

WobblyJoe
United States

Buttafly- The Donald has been a tabloid staple in the USA since 1980. He's always talked like he does, he's always acted like he does. He has a bombastic, dominate personality. Such people are common in New Jersey, where he's from. We know that. Many New Jersey people "talk tough" because they are tough. New Jersey people are actually both famous and stereotyped for being tough and talking tough. We take that into account when we listen. We know him better than you do, and that also scares many people.

It is pretty great living here, but our greatness is our people. By culture we are friendly, helpful, and law abiding and generally dislike those who are not. Most of us are also pretty impoverished by Western standards. We aren't even in most "top 10" lists anymore.

This is the first generation in our history to be worse off than their parents.

Thats what Trump is talking about. Some here feel our politicians have been adopting European style Socialist economic policies for which the US has neither the culture nor infrastructure in place to support at the same time we have been losing the jobs which formed the basis of our economy, in heavy manufacturing.

The Donald is not a professional politician. He got so far in this election perhaps due to a general disapproval of the professional politicians in our midst. He's a citizen, not a lawyer. Those people I have talked to who support him realize he has shortcomings, but few of our presidents are actually "qualified" for the job. Most expect he will do his best, and figure he can't do any worse than the last few have.

Both candidates offer great risks to us regular people. We are deeply divided here, choosing between perceived risks to our future.

11:44 PM Aug 08 2016

buttafly

buttafly
Germany

Hi Alston,

I do follow the presidential election up to a certain extent. Always have! At first "The Donald" seemed like a breath of fresh air. He was quite entertaining despite his rhetoric flaw. Yeah, for a while he was even funny. Now-with less than a hundred days to go- it's not funny anymore! His tone and tactics are just absurd to me. I know as a German I'm not qualified and it's actually none of my business but when did America stop being anything but great???

04:01 PM Aug 08 2016

englishteacher24/7
United States

The 2016 Presidential campaign is continuing to heat up between Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton. All the stops have been pulled out and surprisingly some Republicans are jumping ship and voting for the candidate for the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, today 50 Republican National Security experts have signed a letter opposing Donald Trump as president. It's a first for Republicans to support a Democratic nominee instead of their own party's nominee.

The upcoming presidential debates should be very interesting (if they happen at all.)

Stay tuned!

01:25 PM Jun 30 2016

englishteacher24/7
United States

You're welcome Amira.

I offer my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives at the airport in Istanbul and pray for those injured in the bombing.

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