Is Sweden A Socialist Country?

This morning I was investigating whether Sweden is a socialist country.   Why?  Well, having just seen many accusatory commentators on Fox News claiming that we are “becoming a socialist country like Sweden”, I decided to put on my investigative cap and do some research.

The first question that came to my mind was:  Is being like Sweden a bad thing?Read More

Richard CummingsIs Sweden A Socialist Country?

Best Student Loan Consolidation | Get Out of Debt With These Trustworthy Loan Consolidation Programs

best student loan consolidation companiesIn this article, we investigate the Best Student Loan Consolidation and the Best Student Loan Consolidation Companies that enable you to pay off your myriad school loans such as Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, and Federal Perkins Loans.

After the fiscal credit crisis in 2008/2009, banks have more stringent rules regarding offering loans and, for many, it is no longer advantageous to offer student loans.

Thus, when we look at the Best Student Loan Consolidation Companies, our options are far fewer than they would be just one or two years ago. For example, companies such as SallieMae have temporarily suspended their federal consolidation programs due to “severe legislative cuts”.Read More

Richard CummingsBest Student Loan Consolidation | Get Out of Debt With These Trustworthy Loan Consolidation Programs
Obama Tax Cuts: Middle Class and Wealthy

Obama and Tax Cuts: The “Middle Class” vs The Wealthy

Obama Tax Cuts:  Middle Class and Wealthy

Obama Wants Tax Extension for Middle Class

President Obama wants to extend the Bush tax cuts for “middle class” but not the wealthy.

As the end deadline approaches for the Bush era tax cuts, President Obama seeks to continue the tax cuts for the middle class but allow the tax cuts for the rich to lapse.

The definition of middle class in this context is those who make $250,000 a year or less.

Of course, Fox News hates this idea, as they do everything with Obama, and opened their headlines today with “Obama threatens veto of bill combining tax cuts for middle class, top earners“.

And from the more liberal New York Times we read “Obama Pushes Tax Cut Extension That Excludes Wealthiest“.

The real question is what do you think?  Does trickle down economics work?

With these Bush Tax cuts, we clearly saw the rich get richer.  But did any of it trickle down?

Reflecting on the inanity of these tax cuts for the rich, I once wondered why, since less than 2% of Americans would be affected, do people fight a little more taxes on the super-rich?

The misguided answer was that, “Because everybody believes that they will one day be among them.”

Yet, that 2% number stays consistent with very few additions each year.

Clearly, the American dream is alive and well in the minds of most people.  And even more clearly, it’s just that: a dream.


Richard CummingsObama and Tax Cuts: The “Middle Class” vs The Wealthy

How to Sell on a Free Teleseminar

Teleseminars are a great way to sell your product or service or to even offer a limited number of free Strategy Sessions. They key is to know when on the teleseminar call to make the offer.

When to Present Your Offer

What you want to do when you’re trying to sell on free calls is to make your offer somewhere in the middle of the call.  When many people first start out doing teleseminars, they give a whole call of information and content and then they save the offer until the very end. The problem with this strategy is that listeners are thinking, “Oh, okay the good stuff is over; I’m out of here,” and they simply just hang up the phone.

Statistics have shown that over half of the participants can disappear during the last 5 to 7 minutes of the call. So, you want to make your offer in the middle.

Make Sure Callers Stay on the Call

One way to make sure that callers stay on the call is to offer a free gift at the end of the call. You need to make sure the listeners know that they need to be paying attention to every single word that you say, because they don’t really know exactly when/what is going to happen moving forward and exactly when they are going to receive that piece of information that they are waiting for.

For example, tell them at the beginning of the call that you’ve got the freebie to give away, you’ve got the report, you’ve got the articles, you’ve got the video, you’ve got whatever you want to use as a free gift.  And then, when people not on the live call hear that recording of your teleseminar, you want to leave in all of the references to the freebie, but not the free gift information itself, because you want to train people who listen to the calls and replays that they want to get on the future calls live, so that they don’t miss out on future freebies.

Add Value to Your Free Teleseminar

One of the easiest things you can do to get a quick value added item is to ask for questions from everybody who attended the call live.  All you have to do is say, during the call is, “Hey, we covered this, this, this and this, but you still may have questions about this topic. So, go ahead and anybody who sends a question in, in the next 10 minutes, or in the next two hours, once the call is done, I will go ahead and answer your question to the best of our ability, and you’ll get your answer for free.”

It’s like free coaching or consulting, which they will love. So then you only send their answer to their particular question to them. Then record all the answers to all the questions and you add that together with the original recording, and all of a sudden you’ve created a much more valuable product that covers all the questions that you didn’t cover in the free call.

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Countries With The Highest Quality of Life

Income Equality and Standard of Living | Does Income Equality Lead To A Higher Standard of Living?

In this article, we will take a look at countries with high income equality and ask the question:  Does high income equality lead to a better standard of living?

I recently wrote an article about socialism in Sweden.  With Barack Obama trying to implement higher taxes on the rich, the arch-conservative Fox News threatened that we would become the next “socialist Sweden” if this were to happen.

I found this to be a bit of an empty threat given that Sweden always tops the list of countries with the highest standard of living.  In actuality, Sweden is not a socialist state and in many respects exemplifies a more capitalist bent than we have.  What a shocker-Fox News lied!

In writing this article about Sweden, I came across two graphs that are quite telling.Read More

Richard CummingsIncome Equality and Standard of Living | Does Income Equality Lead To A Higher Standard of Living?

Why Television Networks Are Stupid

Today, let’s talk about Why Television Networks Are Stupid.

I am thinking about this as I am waiting for the show 24 to download.  I am downloading 24 from this page.  By the time many of you read this, the link will be dead or say something like “this show is unavailable due to copyright infringement”.

I am downloading 24 because I am Living in Uruguay and they do not air the latest episodes of 24 here.

I download all of the shows that I like–24, Californication, Dexter, Lost, Entourage.  They’re all available.  How?  Basically, people Tivo these programs and then put them on the Internet and try to make money by people clicking on the surrounding ads.  For an example of this, see the website  Did you know that, if you type in “watch lost online”, you will receive over 4 million web pages dedicated to this topic?

So, what do the networks do to combat this?

They employ people to track and shut down all of these sites which, judging by the vast availability of everything, works about as well as an athlete saying he didn’t take steroids when he did.

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Richard CummingsWhy Television Networks Are Stupid