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
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.
And when money we pay teachers with is allocated to purposes that work at odds with the public interest, it’s right that we say something, even if school board members like you are too beholden to unions to be objective about it.
I can’t see anything good coming out of the union’s “crisis fund.” I would go so far to say that teachers who donate to it should have their salary reduced by $20 per year.
Every year we hear that it’s “less than a dollar a month” more for public schools. Or “only $20 more per month on your property tax assessment” and everything will be great. These arguments are often made by people just like you who are former or current school board members.
Since you are a former school board member and brag about it, I want to thank you on behalf of all of your colleagues for screwing up American public education. While the unions bear a great deal complicity in the demise of public education, school boards bear the most responsibility because without the assent of school boards we wouldn’t be where we are today with unions running the education complex in the country.
Americans can accomplish practically anything. What does it say about the terrible job school boards have done when the country hasn’t been able to reform public education after 50 years of trying?
Far from bragging about being a former school board member, you should probably keep quiet about it, Quiet. If liberals like you had put the interest of the community before the interests of the unions, public education wouldn’t be such an embarrassment to the rest of us.
Jlwrote: I say screw the oil companies. They do nothing but poison the waters, and stifle innovation together with their big government friends. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. The article above seems to be defending those criminals. - in response to my column The War on Jobs Continues
Actually oil has done quite a bit for us. It’s allowed a revolution in transport that has transformed our lives. It’s made our lives healthier and on the whole safer.
How do you think all the garbage is picked up? What would you do without ambulances? How do you think fresh produce is transported from the farmer’s field to the grocer at a reasonable cost? How do fire trucks respond to fires? Try building public schools (or anything else) without diesel-powered heavy equipment.
Folks like you would have horse dung blowing through fly-infested streets rather than admit that the use of fossil fuels has, on the whole, made the quality of our life much, much better.
You want examples of organizations that pollute waters and live off cronyism? Try visiting former socialist and communist countries in Eastern Europe and former Russian Soviet Republics. Try visiting Communist China.
Robertwrote: I voted FOR Republicans Ford once, Reagan twice, George HW Bush twice, GW Bush twice yet I'm smart enough now to know I made a terrible mistake. - in response to my column The War on Jobs Continues
You’re full of it. You're even overflowing with it.
You really expect that we are to believe that you voted for Republicans over a period of close to forty years and suddenly, you’ve repented of your ways? Now you sing the praises of Democrat presidents that you refused to vote for?
Listen, I’m glad that liberals come on here and post comments. I think it’s great that people are willing to debate. But you guys appear a lot dumber than you normally do when you act like you’ve converted to Democratism all of a sudden to support Obama.
This is especially true when your rant goes on to say that the reason why you are disgusted is over reckless deficit spending.
Soros needs to give you guys better classes on how to act like former Republicans on message boards. The problem of course is that people really didn't leave the GOP because they wanted to support Obama. They left the GOP becasue the GOP wasn't conservative enough.
Kind of hard to fit that into the "Re-elect Obama" message, huh?
Obama presented a budget with a $1.6 trillion deficit that not one Democrat in the Senate voted for. This is a group of people who voted for Obamacare.
How liberal does it have to be for every Democrat to refuse to support a budget because spending is too high?
I guess Obama answered that question for us.
Chris Fieldwrote: It just hit me that Ransom must be an anti-white racist. He's obviously going after the president for his white, lying roots. - in response to my column Obama, the Poor Loser, Poor Liar.
Yes, you are on to me entirely. You should have a TV show and put my whole anti-white conspiracy up on a chalkboard for everyone to see.
The other day I was on a Tea Party radio show on KTALK in Salt Lake City. A caller called in saying that we were a bunch of racists because the hostess, Candace Salima, called Obama a black man. It turns out that Candace’s husband is a black man.
Kirkwrote: I prefer to look at Hopey the 8th Dwarf as a hypocrite. He demands companies give up private jets paid for by company profits but flies his own private jet all over the world on OPM (other people's money). The real difference is the private jet executives are getting it done while Hopey the Dwarf is flailing around. - in response to my column Obama, the Poor Loser, Poor Liar
Under Hopey, the Democrats should change their symbol from a jackass to a jackass boarding a plane or a jackass playing golf.
When the going gets tough, Obama almost certainly resorts to enlarging his own carbon footprint by flying off on some junket. Or he goes to play golf.
What I don’t get is why environmentalists don’t criticize Obama’s penchant for playing golf.
One would think that since golf courses are huge “wasters” of water and indiscriminately use chemicals to maintain the fairways, that environmentalists would call the president on it.
But I guess the One is entitled his comforts (John 12:3).
Neal from PAwrote: Where are the George Washingtons of the Twenty-first Century? We desperately need men and women in the mold of our “Founding Fathers”. - in response to my column Washington's First Fourth
Yes; yes we do.
Funny thing about history: When the need arises, the man of the hour usually shows up.
That event can be good or bad though depending on if we get a Napoleon or a Washington.
But I would suggest the new Washingtons will come from communities that look an awful lot like Townhall and Townhall Finance.
Lilly wrote: Now we have a discussion of fiscal policy cast in terms that are racially loaded---addiction and pusher. If there were any basis for expecting decency on Townhall I would be appalled at Ransom's tone. – in response to my column The Pusher-in-Chief.
Nothing I write has anything to do with race. It doesn’t even verge on race. There are no hidden code words. Progressives are addicted to taxes and spending and Obama’s the dealer because he’s the leader.
Today there is only one group of organized bigots left in America, and they reside in the Democrat Party.
Everything you guys talk about has to do with identities like race and gender.
I grew up in a progressive Democrat household. And I can tell you that one of the things that pushed me away from the Democrats as I got to be an adult was the Balkanization of political identity that Democrats imposed on the party.
Where I was raised- Chicago, Illinois- they have all these neighborhoods called Andersonville, Wrigleyville, Logan Square, etc. They were neighborhoods that were, for the most part, defined by race or nationality. At the time Chicago was considered one of the most segregated cities in the country. That’s the way the Daley machine wanted it.
And that’s what you guys have done to the Democrats. You’ve segregated everyone. You demand equal- some more equal than others- but separate treatment for groups according to their skin color, their sexual identity, their religious beliefs, etc.
That’s why Obama has had such a difficult time governing. It’s virtually impossible for the Democrats to keep their constituents happy. The Democrats can only really thrive as a minority (as opposed to majority) party.
Goshawk wrote: You stated; "They either weren’t serious then or they aren’t serious now." Kind of open question's that many of us knew the answers to from the beginning. Even before Obama was elected. – in response to my column The Pusher-in-Chief.
I think that the Republicans have missed a big opportunity by not reminding voters at every opportunity that Obama presented a budget with huge deficit spending for 2012 not so long ago. They are allowing him to pretend like he’s a deficit hawk, when in fact, he’s the reason why were at an impasse right now.
Had we elected anyone other than Obama, we wouldn’t be in the budget mess were in now.
The most effective way of getting out of the mess we’re in is to balance the budget right now. If we did that we wouldn’t have to raise the debt ceiling at all.
You want to do something BIG. Try that. If I were president or senator or congressman, that’s what I’d be pushing for. A balanced budget is BIG.
James wrote: The main solution is to increase domestic oil production, halt petroleum exports, and to deregulate EPA and OSHA regulations that make refining costs prohibitive. The U.S. has not built a refinery for nearly 50 years. Our present refineries do not comply with Federal regulations because they were grandfathered in.– in response to my column The Man-Caused Disaster of Hurricane O.
One of the problems with the debate is that people don’t look at energy as the end product: a BTU. Instead they look at the feed stock in creating BTUs.
You can get BTUs from coal, nuclear, solar, natural gas, wood fire, rubbing two sticks together. The universe is full of energy.
But until “alternative” and “renewable” sources of energy start to produce BTUs at the same price that fossil fuels do, you just aren’t going to have a big market for it without legislating demand for it.
Legislating demand is just another way to ration something.
Odin wrote: You zombies probably believe it's just an amazing coincidence that Obama happens to fit the stereotype that white racists like Ransom have denigrated for centuries.– in response to my column The One Becomes The Jerk.
We’re just a bunch of racists, perpetuating stereotypes. That’s why I compared Obama to Ward Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, a stereotypical white male from the late 1950s.
Guys in the KKK really hate that Ward Cleaver guy.
That’s also why I compared Obama to that other white guy, Eddie Haskell, also from Leave it to Beaver. Eddie Haskell has long been associated by white supremacist groups as a front for the Jewish plot to dominate the world.
Or how about when I pulled out the Rove quote that compared Obama to the jerky guy one would find at a country club with a beautiful date on his arm, sneering at everyone.
Just another stereotypical depiction of African Americans by a couple of white racists.
Charles Martel wrote: All Barry needs is an ashtray, the remote control, a paddle game, a magazine (People, Us, or Newsweek), and a chair. Oh, and his dog. ("Grrrrr!") OK, not the dog. -in response to my column The One Becomes The Jerk.
Steve Martin is another white guy I compared Obama to that proves that I’m a racist according to Odin. The fact that I breathe tends to confirm that I’m a racist as well. I’m a racist mostly because I don’t think I’m a racist. The lack of racism is proof-positive today that one is a racist.
Kind of like the absence of evidence that the world is getting hotter is proof that global warming is real.
This is how liberals think. Any questions on why they can’t handle the economy?
Renny wrote: But his "no drama Obama" persona is sure hiking down the road, and it will make him much less attractive to young people this time around. Those that are left because the ones who worked and voted for him in 2008 are unemployed. – in response to my column O'Bummer: The Tax Scam Faileth.
In that regard he reminds me of Jimmy Carter. People who worked with Carter thought he was a jerk too.
More important than the young voters though, I think Obama’s losing the press. I don’t think they’ll be too hostile to him because he does support policies that the press favors. But there won’t be the romance that helped him get elected in 2008.
He won by 8 million votes.
Do you think 4 million people plus 1 have changed their mind?
Osama bin Leaded wrote: Comrade Ransom, you're an idiot and a complete arse, according to mutual acquaintances within the Party machinery. – in response to my column Email, Hate Mail and Comments from Readers.
I was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.
I hate it when the party campaigns as fiscal conservatives and then tries to raise taxes. You seem to be OK with it. I hate when they say they are in favor of school choice and then cuddle up to the union. You seem to be OK with that too. I hate when they sponsor Obamacare-like legislation after talking about Obamacare being unconstitutional. I hate it when they say fees are just backdoor tax increases and then refuse to vote the fees down as they promised they would.
I hate when they screw up a gubernatorial and senate race as badly as they did the last election cycle. Republicans were winning everywhere else except Colorado.
They hate it when I point out these things out, just like you hate it when I point out the fact that you are a progressive.
I’m not the one calling names. My positions are political, not personal.
Quiet Reason wrote: I don't know where Ransom lives, I don't know how many of the people that read this are or or were school board members. All I know is that I volunteered to spend many hours of my life for those six years trying to be part of the solution. To hear jerks like Ransom and others call me names is beyond the pale. Ransom is a coward who doesn't know how a union work in schools.
I know exactly how unions and school boards work together to the detriment of kids.
If I were a coward, I wouldn't be a political activist or a political writer.
My money says you were supported/endorsed or otherwise favored by the union when you were a school board member.
Is it really OK for someone to enjoy support from an organization that later they will have to negotiate with on behalf of citizens?
Tell me please how a school board member can remain on the side of the public when negotiating union contracts after receiving favors from the union, either in cash or in kind to get elected.
Volunteer or not, unions have no business getting involved in elections of the very people elected to supervise and negotiate with the union employees.
That's all for this week.
This Memorial Day weekend there will be thousands of parades, picnics and remembrance events for those who died fighting for the United States.
There will also be sales and bargains for those that choose to spend the holiday traveling or shopping.
Like all holidays, Memorial Day is sometimes at risk of losing its meaning in our commercial society, as shoppers and travelers forget about the sacrifices all of our troops and their families make.
So here’s a gentle reminder while we all enjoy time off from work and get our fill of backyard barbeques.
As you read this hundreds and thousands of men and women in uniform and millions of family members sacrifice comfort, treasure and freedoms so that the rest of us can be free. While we enjoy picnics, they are at war.
Really at war; right now, today, this very minute.
And our service members make sacrifices not just for Americans but also for people around the world, most of whom will never appreciate what they have done for them.
Service members like Petty Officers Peter Cully and Matthew Plungis, shipmates I know, go on deployment, come home, find a job, only to go on deployment again.
Families like the Schaffer family in Colorado Springs endure deployments every year it seems.
Children grow up, raised mostly by mommy or daddy or grandma, while one or both parents fight a war.
Given the strain we put on our service members, it’s not surprising that some of those who serve in the military come back home only to face desperate financial need.
This weekend, then, it is only fitting that we recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedoms. But we should also remember to help those living soldiers, sailors and airmen who continue tosacrifice to protect our freedoms.
USA Cares can help us do just that.
USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post-9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Its mission is to help with basic needs during financial crisis, to assist combat injured Veterans and their families and to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions.
Thanks to USA Cares, corporations have discovered that recognizing the courage and sacrifice of America’s military is actually good for business. USA Cares helps businesses understand that putting on a wristband, waving the flag, or hanging a “support our troops” sign in the window can help boost sales for sure.
But without true service to those who “serve us,” a commercial approach can backfire.
USA Cares shows companies how to support a developing trend that ought to be encouraged amongst more companies.
When companies partner with USA Cares, they know that they are making a positive difference.
Here are some examples:
• Hardees and Carl’s Jr. recently announced a partnership with USA Cares and Homes for Our Troops. To participate, restaurant guests donate $1 in support of both of these military charities. For each $1 donation, guests receive a commemorative “Stars for Troops” cut out to personalize and place on display in the restaurant; in addition, they receive restaurant coupons valued at more than $10 to use toward future purchases.
• Batteries Plus has partnered with the nonprofit USA Cares and its Jobs for Vets Program by launching the “Time to Care” campaign. The company is donating $5 of each regular and lifetime watch battery replacement to USA Cares over the Memorial Day holiday and will accept in-kind donations from customers at its retail locations. They are also contributing $1 for every person who “likes” the Batteries Plus Facebook page and “supports” the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Cause page.
• Upscale retailer Brighton Collectables has designed a yellow ribbon charm to support the troops. With every $25 charm purchase, $20 is directly donated to USA Cares. Over the past three years, Brighton Collectables has supported USACares with over $200,000 from the sale of their “peace” bracelets.
Memorial Day is a great time to celebrate our freedoms and the invaluable contributions made by our Armed Forces.
Remembering the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families is a great way for all of us to say “Thanks” to the troops.
Supporting those businesses that help our troops through USACares is a great thing to do not only on Memorial Day but all year long.
The need is real, as are the soldiers who benefit.
Plus, it gives everyonesomeone to remember on Memorial Day. Millions of someones in fact.