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?
Stewart O'Reilly Debate Watch Online

Watch Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Debate Online Here!

You can watch the debate between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly online right here.

Stewart O'Reilly Debate Watch Online

Jon Stewart Bill O'Reilly Face Off

The debate, which took place last night, features The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News.  This was initially a pay-per-view for charity but there were many technical problems with the streaming of the debate so they have put the Bill O’Reilly Jon Stewart debate online for free viewing.

You can watch the full debate between Stewart and O’Reilly below:

The Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Debate:  Full Video


The full video can also be view on YouTube here.

Richard CummingsWatch Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Debate Online Here!
Romney Obama Debate

Romney Crushes Obama In First Debate: A Ready Romney Had Obama Fooled!

Romney Obama Debate

Romney Fooled Obama!

In the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney won by a landslide, bringing an unexpected energy and vitality while Barack Obama, who clearly underestimated Romney, appeared listless and exhausted.

The First Presidential Debate:  Obama Fooled

I experienced the debate from two perspectives:  the first part I heard on the radio in the car and, by the second half, I had arrived home and watched the rest of it on TV.

While in the car, listening on NPR, I thought I may be missing some of Barack’s nuances because I could not see him.  I assumed, and hoped, that he was actually doing better in front of the TV because, on the radio, he had the effect of a sedative.

Once in front of the TV, he appeared in person just as his voice portrayed on the radio:  listless and exhausted.

In reading about the debate pre-debate, many people thought Obama would drive home the final nail in the Romney campaign coffin.  However, those really in the know, suggested that Obama, while a very moving speaker, is not a great debater because he often comes across as arrogant and someone who does not suffer fools easily.  And, clearly, he would place Mitt in that category.

The fool in the room, though, was Barack, who entered this debate unprepared, unpleasantly edgy, subdued, and presumptuous of a victory in November that now will be more difficult to attain.

The First Presidential Debate:  Romney Ready

Many people who have seen Mitt Romney in his element–the boardroom–have until now been flummoxed by Romney the candidate, a person they haven’t been able to recognize as one in the same, until last night.

They have said that boardroom Mitt is energetic, persuasive, detailed, and positive.  And, last night  they say, we saw boardroom Mitt.

It could not have gone better for the Romney campaign.

How do we know this?  The news media, who the Republicans think are a bunch of liberally commies, even acknowledged Romney as the winner.

Romney won by bringing a positive, optimistic, and ready attitude.  If people tuned into find the kind of hope Barack offered in 2008, they got it from  Romney last night in 2012.

And the issues?  What about issues? How did Romney the Ready handle the issues?

Romney the Ready handled the issues just fine, with facts at the ready, which made the issues a non-issue.  Today, nobody is talking about the issues, which are the same as they were before the debate.

It’s all about how the candidates came across.

And, in this first presidential debate, Romney came across as knowledgeable, energetic, and hopeful while Barack just came across as, well, cross.




Richard CummingsRomney Crushes Obama In First Debate: A Ready Romney Had Obama Fooled!
Paul Ryan at the Republican Convention

Introducing Paul Ryan…

Paul Ryan at the Republican Convention

Paul Ryan at the Republican Convention

For many, last night was their first glimpse of the possible future Vice-President of the United States, congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

If you wondered when the bashing of Obama was going to come, you need wait no longer.  Paul Ryan embraced every chance to denounce the last 4 years of the Obama administration.  In one of his memorable lines, Ryan states:

“The man assumed office almost four years ago — isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?”

Certainly, the detractors are already saying that Paul Ryan’s speech contained many half-truths but there is no denying that he fired up the Republican crowd in Tampa Bay. And, with a reference to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, he may have just swayed some of the youth vote.

You can watch the full video of the Paul Ryan’s convention speech below and read an objective depiction of Paul Ryan on Wikipedia here.

Paul Ryan’s Full Speech at the Republican Convention: Video

Richard CummingsIntroducing Paul Ryan…
Bill Kristol Romney Campaign Advice

Bill Kristol Advice To Romney: Embrace Capitalism, Embrace Bain

Bill Kristol Romney Campaign Advice

Fox's Bill Kristol Advice Is Romney's Best Strategy

On Fox Morning News yesterday, Bill Kristol gave advice to the Romney campaign that they should heed: embrace your record at Bain and embrace capitalism.

Doesn’t anyone see the irony that Mitt Romney is running from, and sometimes on, his supposed greatest triumph:  business experience.   How do you back track from your strength and yet somehow use this as the foundation of your campaign?

I recently wrote a piece called A Bain in the Arse, questioning Bain Capital and the business they undertake.   With people asking all of these questions about Bain, Mitt Romney finds himself embracing Bain sometimes and dismissing it at other times.  “Well, I was there then but not then…”

He wants everyone to know that he was there until 1999, when Bain had many great successes.  He doesn’t want everyone to know that he was there when Bain succeeded by outsourcing jobs to foreign companies.

I think we can all agree that Mitt Romney knew of Bain’s outsourcing and probably supported it.  He is currently fighting this battle–“I wasn’t there then”–but it’s a losing battle.

Yesterday, on Fox News, commentator Bill Kristol advised the Romney camp to stop backpedaling on this issue.  As you see in the video below, he makes the following recommendation: embrace your successes at Bain and release your tax records now:

Bill Kristol hits on the best potential Romney strategy. Be up front about your business successes and make capitalism a core idea of this contest.

As Americans, we all march to the beat of Capitalism without giving enough thought to what it really means. We say, “Capitalism is what makes America great.” However, outsourcing jobs to other countries, which we all know is the real thing that Mitt is backpedaling from, could reasonably be described as the heart of capitalism: The prize goes to the company that does the best job at the best price.

As voters, this may be a great differentiating point of the election: Are you a true capitalist?

Richard CummingsBill Kristol Advice To Romney: Embrace Capitalism, Embrace Bain
The Newsroom Review

HBO’s The Newsroom: Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

The Newsroom Review

Can You Say Why America Is the Greatest Country In the World?

HBO’s new series The Newsroom is must-see TV for anybody who cares about the fate of America.

The American dialog has devolved into corporate sponsored puppetry.  The news that you see on television, all sponsored in one form or another by corporate America, rarely ask the tough questions.

Now, in a scintillating news series by HBO–The Newsroom–we get to go behind the scenes of a cable news organization struggling to present the real news.

The lead protagonist is cable news anchor named Will McAvoy, portrayed by Jeff Daniels. For years, Will McAvoy has been the beloved anchor, presenting the news just as the corporate sponsors would have it. His lovable persona, befitting more a late night talk show host, has been purchased by the corporations, but a passion lurks within that soon bluntly surfaces.

In the first episode of the series, as he sits in some televised roundtable with predictable political dribble, Will reaches his boiling point as a soroityish , sophomore college student from the audience asks: “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”

Will attempts to give his typically, light-hearted non-threatening response, but the moderator won’t let him off the hook. At this point, Will envisions someone in the audience, who we later find out is his former girlfriend/newsroom producer, holding up a sign that says “It’s not…but it can be”. He then boils over.

Watch The Newsroom Episode 1

Do you want to see Will’s response? HBO has made available episode one of The Newsroom, which I have linked below. Watch the first 10 minutes to see Will’s response and find out whay America may not be the greatest country in the world…but could be again:

Watch Epidsode 1 of The Newsroom

Richard CummingsHBO’s The Newsroom: Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
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