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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!"


11:35 PM Jun 18 2018


Controversial issues in the U.S. have continued to be at the forefront of news every day. Currently, there is discontent and some anger among some citizens concerning the breaking up of migrant families who come to the U.S./Mexican border to seek asylum from horrific and dangerous conditions in their homeland.

The topic of immigration has been a controversial issue for many years even though the U.S. has had liberal customs laws compared to some other countries.

Previously, President Trump met with the leader of North Korea to the surprise of many, but with the hope that nuclear tensions can be reduced or eliminated on the Korean peninsula.

After the meeting there is cautious optimism with some people and others feel that the president didn't receive anything in comparison to what the North Koreans received.

The jury is out on this one, and time will tell if the meeting will result in something positive for the long term. 

Finally, there are the trade issues that President Trump has with many countries that have restrictive import laws compared to the US. Many people are hoping that the trade issues will be resolved and not turn into a trade war where nobody wins.

That's it for now, stay tuned for more "Breaking News" in the future.

09:15 PM Apr 21 2018


From my last blog to this one, Breaking News continues almost on a daily basis in the U.S. Officials in key positions in the current White House administration have either stepped down from their positions or have been fired by the president.

Many Americans disagree with many decisions and actions of the president and as a result the legal system has been initiated to challenge some of the executive orders.

The U.S. is governed by a constitution which has checks and balances on the office of the president so that any individual who is elected to the office of the President cannot govern as a King or Dictator.

However, some Americans are questioning whether or not the U.S. is entering into a "Constitutional Crisis" on the behavior of the president. This means a situation where there is a perception that the constitution is unable to resolve a problem or conflict between the president's behavior or action on a particular matter and the limit of authority of the president.

Nevertheless, the mid-term elections will be held in November of this year which the voters will vote on many members of Congress which is currently controlled by the Republican Party with a Republican President. If the Congress is no longer controlled by the Republican Party, it will not be easy for their agenda to prevail in the laws passed.

The difference between the Republican and Democratic Parties is this: The Republican Party is for laws that support business and supposed fiscal responsibility. The Democratic Party is for laws that supposedly support people through programs.

However, the Republican Party has been changed by the current White House Administration to the dismay of traditional republicans.

10:32 PM Feb 20 2018


In the U.S. there is "Breaking News" on a daily basis mostly relating to what is happening in the Trump Administration or former people related to it. "Breaking News" means something is happening of importance; in other words, "News Alert."

As you may already know, there is an intensive on-going investigation to determine if there was tampering into the 2016 U.S. Presidential election by another country to influence the election result against candidate Hillary Clinton. In addition the investigation is determining if there was "collusion" (a secret agreement to do something illegal) between the current U.S. president and another country.

With the major tax revision bill that was passed by the Congress and signed by the President back in December 2017, the next major legislature action is an immigration bill to determine what to do about the children of immigrants who illegally entered into the U.S. with their parents. Their population is over 680,000 and unless there is an extension of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program enacted under the Obama administration, the children may be deported back to Mexico.

This group is known as "Dreamers" and 80% of Americans do not want them to be deported because they came to the U.S. with their parents and was no fault of their own. Nevertheless, other Americans believe that the children and their parents entered the U.S. illegally, therefore, they should be deported because it is not fair to those who abide by the legal method of entering the U.S. This is a very sensitive topic.

Congress has to act to address the DACA program by March 5, 2018 which is the expiration date.

There are more things that are emerging which I'll address in my next blog post.

12:49 AM Jan 06 2018


I hope that 2018 will be a good year that we will accomplish some things that we have been trying to accomplish in previous years. Let's just do it! 

11:01 PM Dec 21 2017


A lot has been happening on the political scene in the U.S. with a major tax bill that has been approved by the Congress today with the vote being right down party lines. Since the Republicans have a majority vote they were able to approve it without any votes from the Democratic Party.

The American public is deeply divided between being for or against the Trump Administration but the 2018 mid-term election will give the Democrats a chance to win some seats in Congress.

President Trump has received his first major legislative victory in the form of the tax code being modified to give corporations and high income people tax breaks with a few tax breaks for lower to middle income people. The belief is that this will be an incentive for companies to hire more people and increase their wages but many believe it will just give companies the opportunity to do other things with the reduced tax obligation.

Nevertheless, the US economy is doing well with low inflation and a low unemployment rate. Time will tell if the tax overhaul will do what the Republicans say it will do.

Pay close attention to the mid-term election results to be held November 6, 2018 which is the middle point of the president's term.

09:48 PM Oct 17 2017


Since my last blog post, there has been Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria that has damaged parts of Florida and devastated Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as well as other islands in the vicinity. Since the residents of these islands are US citizens, there has been a lot of criticism about the lack of help they have received.

Many people have expressed their displeasure with the current White House administration; nevertheless, daily life is basically the same although there are more protests in various locations. Protests are nothing new in the US to things that need to be changed for the betterment of society. 

I personally have lived through the Civil Rights era, the Vietnam War, and the Great Recession of 2008. There is no lack of areas that need urgent improvements but on the other side of the discussion, the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in years and it's evident by so many newer cars regular working people are driving.

Major American businesses are developing a corporate mindset to change their old habits in the treatment of people to include those who were formerly not included. The demographics are changing as American society is changing which can be upsetting to some of the status quo. 

Breaking News reports are a daily occurrence nowadays but time will tell how this period of time is recorded in history. In 2018 Americans will have the opportunity to vote to change the Congress and in 2020 to vote for the next president. One thing is for sure, people will remember the mistakes that are made now and will look for candidates they believe will not make the same mistakes. Stay tuned.

08:22 PM Sep 01 2017


Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to the people of Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas. Nevertheless, the people affected have been pulling together to help each other under trying conditions.

Once the water subsides, watch how swiftly the citizens and government will work to get things back to normal. However, some will not return to "normal" because they have lost everything but their lives and some lost their lives.

One of the cultural characteristics of Americans is tenacity, and severe conditions can bring out the best in them and weak points as well. Nevertheless, even the weak points are identified and addressed in subsequent events. Stay tuned and observe how things are played out.

10:23 PM Aug 05 2017


The political climate in the U.S. continues to revolve around the president with multiple investigations and the health care bill that was to replace Obamacare failing to be passed.

Numerous people in the Trump administration have either been fired or resigned. The American people are mostly divided right down the middle politically either supporting or against the president.

Nevertheless, the U.S. economy is doing well with companies hiring but many positions are not filled for lack of applicants.

In 2016 there was a presidential election in which President Trump was elected. He belongs to the Republican Party and his party controls the Congress which has the House of Representatives (The House) that has 435 seats and the (Senate) which has 100 seats.

However, in 2018 there will be a mid-term election to choose the members of the House and Senate. There is a possibility the voters will vote to change the makeup of Congress and the Republican Party could lose their majority in one or both houses of Congress.

In that case, it will be more difficult for one party to pass legislation in their favor.

Because the presidents' term of office is only 4 years, any undesirable legislation or executive orders from that administration is not necessarily permanent because the next President and Congress can change it.

Play close attention to the results of the mid-term election in November 2018.

01:53 PM Jun 21 2017


The current state of the U.S. political affairs lends itself to a true test of the political system that was designed by "The "Founding Fathers" and amended as per the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. federal government is composed of 3 distinct branches of government,-Legislative (Congress), Executive (the President), and Judicial (Courts). Congress writes the laws; the President approves or disapproves (veto) the law(s) and the Courts make sure that the laws are followed. The laws are written according to the rules of the Constitution.

This is a check and balance system that supposedly ensures that one person cannot take over the government. In the current Trump administration, some of the presidents' executive orders are being challenged in the courts which have prevented the presidential orders from being implemented.

The presidential order banning people from entering the U.S. from certain countries will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final decision. Be on the lookout for this decision in the news.

02:23 AM Apr 20 2017


WobblyJoe, thanks for the insight you have provided into a balance assessment of the racial aspect of American culture. Surely many things were wrong from the beginning, but it is noteworthy to see the things that have been done to make things right. We're not were we want to be as a nation, but thank God that we're not where we once were.

One of the readers recommended for me to write about my experiences growing up in the U.S. and as a result (for those who don't know) I wrote a mini biography of my life in the U.S. in my Culture forum posted on February 21, 2015. Here is the link:http://englishbaby.com/lessons/6488/member_submitted/culture_forum?page=8

Paradizo, if you're ready for some more reading, there you have it. Thanks for your feedback.

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