John Ransom

I got to thinking about how the liberals have taken a hiatus recently. It’s usually scandal induced. So I looked back into my archives and found some fun, old Email, Hate Mail and Comments from Readers, which you now know as Comrade columns.    

Every week I get a response from a reader of this column that goes something like this: "Mr Ransom, I really like your email column but aren't you just encouraging the liberal trolls by paying attention to them?"

The disappearance of posters like Clash-Royal Palm, Bin Leaded and Hal "I'm a Top-Gun Pilot" Donahue speaks for itself.

Another week and another round of comments and answers from my friends, both conservative and progressive.

I see Lilly and Goshawk and Odin and James. And the week wouldn't be complete if bin Leaded didn't resort to name-calling.

I suppose if you are going to write 30,000 words per week on a message board, you are bound to call someone a name sooner or later.   

I'll take a bow now. But not too deep because they'll be back. They're liberals.

In general however, I think it's a good policy to write back to readers. It's just more fun to write to the ones who hate me.

If you like this column, remember to email it to a friend.

And if you don’t read this column, skip down to the end and read the column on Memorial Day.

Quiet Reason wrote: No, Mr. Ransom. Union dues are paid by union members out of their salaries. The fact that their salaries are paid by taxes has nothing to do with it. It is their money--they use it to pay mortgages, loans, or, heaven forbid, union dues. And it is none of the taxpayer's business so long as it does not cost them any more money.  As a former school board member and also a trustee for a private school, I am not a big fan of unions but I am a big fan of getting your facts straight.- in response to my column Obama's Price: $10 Tax for Union Teachers- You Pay

Dear Quiet,

Union dues, and all the other money that goes to public teacher unions, including professional liability insurance and health and other benefits, ultimately come out of taxpayer dollars.

When taxpayer money is used, it’s fair for members of the public to question it because it does cost the taxpayers more. As a former school board member, you should know that. It was your responsibility to be a steward, an advocate, for that money on behalf of the public.  

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.