John Ransom

JimmyGalt wrote: I thought the people on this website were freedom lovers. Guess I was wrong. If I want to hire a prostitute or gamble, it is my business. Stay out of my business. If you have a problem with welfare, that is a completely separate issue.- in response to Barney Frank’s Newest Banking Reform: Illegal Poker and a Ponzi Scheme

Dear Jimmy-

If you want to hire a prostitute or gamble you may do so wherever it is legal. If you think it should be legal everywhere then you can work to have the laws changed.

The story says nothing about actions that are legal. But you have to wonder about a congressman who is taking money from a company that is making money illegally.

Frank is the champion of legalized prostitution and gaming. He wants it legal so that the feds can regulate it, not because he believes in freedom.

MoreFreedom wrote: Ransom does liberty no favor by railing against poker and prostitution. While he charges Frank with peddling influence, he can say the same about most Republican candidates who peddle influence for the military industrial complex and war, and all business regulation by most politicians.- in response to Barney Frank’s Newest Banking Reform: Illegal Poker and a Ponzi Scheme

Dear More-

The military industrial complex? What a dated term.

I suppose by the military industrial complex you mean the people who are busy engaged in the constitutional requirement of providing for the common defense?

I might remind you that the military industrial complex provided freedom for Europe, Japan, South Korea, Iraq and Israel along with poker players, prostitutes, pension managers and message board posters.

You want gambling and prostitution to be legal? Fine; then change the laws. You can start in Iran. I’ll buy the plane ticket. But don’t expect the military industrial complex to bail you out while you enjoy all that Iranian freedom.   

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.