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Political Conversations: Barack Obama, Jack Bauer…and Vicky’s Father

political-conversationsI first wrote the essay below in 2008. In just reviewing it now 2020, it seems almost more applicable today after our 2016 election and the upcoming 2020 election. Enjoy. Cheers, Richard


“He’ll have you be a Communist before you leave this house,” Vicky’s mother said to me as I entered their house for a weekend stay in Paysandu, Uruguay.  She was referring to her husband, who is a member of the Frente Amplio party in Uruguay.  He was also tortured.

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Richard CummingsPolitical Conversations: Barack Obama, Jack Bauer…and Vicky’s Father

Republican/Democrat Extremists: You’re Not Good For the Country!

Richard's Sunday OpinionThis morning, as I sit and watch the Sunday morning talk shows, I have one thought, for both Democrats and Republicans:  Get On Board or Get Out!

Americans want to be strong again and they are absolutely tired of political squabbling.

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Richard CummingsRepublican/Democrat Extremists: You’re Not Good For the Country!
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For Whom I Voted and Why | Presidential Election 2012

2012-presidential-electionEvery 4 years, I write a column about the presidential election and do my best to articulate for whom I am voting and why.

As I look back at my 2008 article, I decided to vote for Barack Obama 4 years ago because he had a better understanding of America’s place in the world.  I remember being slightly incensed that Americans were not more upset that George Bush had undertaken a war under false pretenses, a war that killed more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians who had done nothing to harm us.  At the time, John McCain did not seem to offer a different approach than George Bush.

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Richard CummingsFor Whom I Voted and Why | Presidential Election 2012
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?”

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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?

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Richard CummingsBill Kristol Advice To Romney: Embrace Capitalism, Embrace Bain
Mitt Romney Bain Capital

A Bain in the Arse: Will Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Position Bring Him Down?

Mitt Romney Bain Capital

Mitt in his early days at Bain Capital

A large portion of Mitt Romney’s financial success stems from his role as the former leader of Bain Capital. The Obama campaign is using this against him and Mitt is once again back-pedaling, saying that his involvement with the firm ended long ago. As we hear more about Bain Capital, will this be the issue that brings down Mitt Romney’s presidential bid?

What Does Bain Capital Do That Makes It a Target?

To understand why the Obama campaign is latching on to this issue, we need to take a deeper look at Bain Capital and find out exactly what they do that may discourage voters.

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Richard CummingsA Bain in the Arse: Will Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital Position Bring Him Down?
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

In 2012, 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.

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Richard CummingsObama and Tax Cuts: The “Middle Class” vs The Wealthy
New Obama Campaign Ad: Romney The Outsourcer

New Obama Ad: “Romney The Outsourcer”

New Obama Campaign Ad:  Romney The Outsourcer

Mitt Romney Will Outsource US Jobs?

In anad put out by the 2012 Obama campaign, Mitt Romney is accused of being an “Outsourcer” as his private equity firm, Bain Capital, shipped many jobs overseas.

You can view the full ad below but the premise deserves a consideration.

If you intend to vote for Mitt Romney, which you shouldn’t (yes, we’re allowed opinions at this site and so are you), you must consider his mindset and the type of business he runs, a private equity firm.

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Richard CummingsNew Obama Ad: “Romney The Outsourcer”

State of the Union Speech Video & Reaction | January 2011

On this page, you can view Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech and see the overall reaction to the speech.

In case you missed the State of the Union Speech last night, here is the State of the Union Speech video in its entirety from January 25th, 2011.

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Richard CummingsState of the Union Speech Video & Reaction | January 2011