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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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Richard CummingsThe Instructive Election of Donald Trump
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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?
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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?
Countries With The Highest Quality of Life

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

income-inequality-standard-of-livingIn this article, we will take a look at countries with high income equality AND high income 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 Bernie Sanders threatening higher taxes 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 | Does Income Equality Lead To A Higher Standard of Living?
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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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Richard CummingsHillary’s Hypocrisy
Stewart O'Reilly Debate Watch Online

Video: Watch the Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Debate Online Here!

Stewart O'Reilly Debate Watch Online

Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Face Off

The debate between The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News took place on October 6th, 2012. You can watch the full debate below.

The debate, known as the The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium, 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.

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Richard CummingsVideo: Watch the Jon Stewart Bill O’Reilly Debate Online Here!
For Whom I Voted: 2008 Presidential Election

The 2008 Presidential Election: For Whom I Voted and Why?

For Whom I Voted: 2008 Presidential Election Every four years, I write about a For Whom I Voted and Why piece. This is the essay I wrote for the 2008 Presidential Election.


I usually never discuss who I vote for.  There is a reason for that:  As a Republican-leaning independent, I would normally vote Republican.  Having lived in San Francisco for many years, you could not have a rational discussion with anyone if you voted Republican-they are all Democrats or Green Party.  And San Franciscans, though open-minded about a lot of things, are not politically open-minded.

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Richard CummingsThe 2008 Presidential Election: For Whom I Voted and Why?