What We've Been Up To
America. The Land of the Free. For hundreds of years, immigrants from all corners of the world have flocked here in search of freedom; freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and even freedom to love and marry whom they please. The United States is the glowing symbol of liberty, with promises of equal rights for every citizen, and the opportunity shape your future in any way that you choose. But how much of this is propaganda, and what is the true reality for Americans? Are we really as free as we would like to believe, or has “liberty and justice for all” become just a cliche?
In the US, the average cost to raise a child ranges from a little over $12K to almost $15K each year. That’s a lot of resources for someone not quite tall enough to reach the kitchen sink. Housing accounts for about 30 percent of those costs, but unless you planned on living out in the open wild, you would incur that expense anyway.
Abortion is a major issue in the US. Where you stand on the topic could be the deciding factor in how you choose your friends, which businesses you support, and how you elect candidates to government. For decades, this controversial issue has been the focus of both politicians and activists alike.
Since as early as 1856, several states have been involved in the approval or banning of abortions for mothers in the first trimester, but it wasn’t until 1890 that the American Medical Association (AMA) got involved in the matter. This enabled women to seek legal abortions when birth would endanger their lives.
When it comes to the biggest coffee consumers here in the US, the 18 to 35 year olds have cornered the market. This is partly due to the rise of coffee shops on virtually every corner. Interestingly enough though, the overall consumption of coffee in the United States is down. Back in 1946, we drank on average 2 cups per day. Now the daily average is just under one cup, and it’s not good quality either. Americans would much rather have a convenient cup of coffee than a quality cup made from fresh whole beans.