The 2020 Presidential Election: For Whom I Voted and Why

donald-trump-2020-electionEvery year since 2008, I’ve written a for whom I voted and why piece (2008, 2012, 2016).

I confess — this year I’m completely baffled.

I don’t understand how it’s possible that any reasonable person could consider voting for Donald Trump — there’s just so many things to completely exclude him as a viable candidate.

I’m at such a loss as to why we even need to articulate these things; we’ve had four years where they have plainly revealed themselves.

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Richard MasThe 2020 Presidential Election: For Whom I Voted and Why
Countries With The Highest Quality of Life

Income Equality and Standard of Living | Are you Better Off if Your Neighbors Aren’t?

income-inequality-standard-of-livingIn this article, we will take a look at countries with high income equality AND inequality and ask the question:  Between these two, which leads to a better standard of living for the whole?

I recently wrote an article about socialism in Sweden.  With Joe Biden promising higher taxes on those making over $400,000 if he wins the presidency, the arch-conservative Fox News threatened that we would become the next “socialist Sweden” if this were to happen.

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Richard CummingsIncome Equality and Standard of Living | Are you Better Off if Your Neighbors Aren’t?

Second Stimulus Proposal – the HEALS ACT- In Danger of Collapse

senate-second-stimulus-HEALS-mitch-mconnellWhile Americans continue to wonder when they’ll receive their second stimulus check, the Republican-filled Senate continues to argue over the details of their new stimulus package called The HEALS Act.

If you are wondering about how much a second stimulus check would be, the answer is that it would be roughly the same amount as the first stimulus check from the CARES Act, which was $1,200 for all qualifying Americans.

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Richard CummingsSecond Stimulus Proposal – the HEALS ACT- In Danger of Collapse

Trump: “Very Generous” Second Stimulus Check [Watch Video]

trump-very-generous-second-stimulus-postIn an interview yesterday, President Donald Trump said that there will be a very generous second stimulus check of 2020 forthcoming.

What we don’t know is this: was he telling the truth and when would a second stimulus happen?

There are several factors that may indicate he was not telling the complete truth.

(We now know the truth.  Yes, Donald Trump was, like always, exaggerating.  See below what the “very generous” check will be.)

Firstly, his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin continues to opine that a second stimulus should be more jobs-focused rather than a direct check to the American people.

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Richard CummingsTrump: “Very Generous” Second Stimulus Check [Watch Video]

Is Sweden A Socialist Country?

beauty-of-socialist-swedenThis 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?

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Richard CummingsIs Sweden A Socialist Country?
Donald Trump election reaction

The Instructive Election of Donald Trump

donald-trump-election-2016Election Day 2016: I am so proud to be an American today!

It is seldom that I realize we have so much opportunity — opportunity to learn and become a better nation.

Based on our collective decisions last night, I realize these new roads await.

What are these new roads and opportunities?

Let’s get started:

I now realize that many people still have not learned that lying is wrong.  We elected a new President who lies 91% of the time and tells the truth 4% of the time.  Clearly, so many still don’t know that lying is not a good thing.  And, now, when we try to teach our children that lying is not a good thing, we will have so many examples to readily share.

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How Has 9/11 Changed Your Life?

september-11-changed-your-lifeHow has 9/11/changed your life? I’ll tell you how 9/11 has changed my life.

Driving home late last night, I noticed many flags along the road at half-mast.  Hmmm, why is this?  Then I remembered the significance.

Today is the anniversary of 9/11.  

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Richard CummingsHow Has 9/11 Changed Your Life?

The Economy: A Definitive Answer?

economy-how-it-worksAfter being a country for nearly 250 years, and seeing examples throughout history, is there not yet a definitive answer for the U.S. as to what makes the economy work?

I ask this on the heels of viewing  Christiane Amanpour on CNN on a recent Sunday morning. On the episode, we had the same old tired rhetoric with the stodgy Republican saying “cut taxes” and the uncomfortable Democrat saying “create government programs”. I often just turn these programs off now because it is the same “solution” each week with similar words coming out of the partisan mouth of the week.

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Richard CummingsThe Economy: A Definitive Answer?

Hillary’s Hypocrisy

hillary-clinton-hypocriticalDid Hillary Clinton fail in her Presidential bids because people found her hypocritical? I wrote this piece back in 2008 when she was running against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.

We all know what happened in 2008 … and then again in 2016, when we witnessed the instructive election of Donald Trump.

Some people find Hillary dislikable, others disingenuous, and still others hypocritical.

These were my thoughts back in 2008. Let me know what you think.

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