John Ransom

The problem with our country right now can be summed up in a word: unions.

OK, the problems aren’t exactly unions per se.

They are just one representation of the Coalition of the Whacky that so prominently wears the union label. Democrats made the Coalition into full governing partners when they rode in to Washington town on a rainbow-colored horse in 2006 and 2008 

And Obama has made Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz their standard bearer as head of the DNC.

Democrats can’t live with them but won’t do the right thing by the rest of us in repudiating the whacky either, as even the progressive weekly in Debbie DNC's hometown seems to understand.

When asked about comments by union leader Jimmy Hoffa, Jr.- the one not currently residing in the right rear quarter panel of a Japanese automobile circa 1975- that unions “take these son of bitches out,” in reference to the Tea Party, Wasserman waffled.

Here’s the take from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, an alternative paper in Wasserman Schultz’s district:  

On the third attempt to sucker Wasserman Schultz into standing up for Hoffa, she decided to take it out on Fox News.

"Really Gretchen?" she said. "How many times have you called out the coarse language at Tea Party rallies on this network? Almost never."

On her fourth and final attempt to give her official response, Wasserman Schultz said, "OK, my official response is that I know the American people ... like President Obama understands want us to focus on working together, want us to focus on -- when I went home, my constituents asked me to come back to Washington and help continue to get this economy turned around, that's my official response."

And to answer your questions, no, it didn't make sense on TV either, and no, we still don't know whether people are supposed to "take these son of bitches out."

And therein lies the problem for Democrats.

Should they repudiate or embrace the Coalition of the Whacky? I mean it’s one thing for private Tea Party members to vent some spleen at elected officials at rallies. It’s a whole other thing for someone named Hoffa as head of the Teamsters union to be talking about taking people out.   

As Investor’s Business Daily reported in August when an Ohio contractor “was wounded by gunfire Wednesday by a shadowy man vandalizing his SUV with union threats,” the Teamsters are the most violent union in America. When they make threats, people should listen.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable