John Ransom

Holly Wrote: Why not also name all the other presidents who used this program?- Rand Paul Versus Barack Obama

Dear Comrade Holly,

I’m not sure if you’re asking me why I don’t name them in my column or if you are asking Rand Paul why he doesn’t name them in the lawsuit.

In either case, the answer is the same: The only president who actually can be forced to do something about it now is the president who sits in the Oval Office.

This isn’t a punitive suit seeking damages from the presidents for civil right violations. It’s as suit questioning the constitutionality of section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Or is your question just another form of "Bush did it too"?

Seriously: There are so many things that Obama does that "Bush did it too" I'm surprised that the Democrat Party hasn't started a fan page for Bush on Facebook.

I'm not sure how Democrats tell the two apart.

David3036 wrote: There is an important lesson here in how writers often distort facts or leave out relevant information in order to appeal to the most conservative readers. Sometimes you have to go to another source to balance the Townhall view. Ransom writes, "They did it because they're poor.” He also doesn't tell you that the couple is raising seven other children -- two related by blood and five special needs kids that they fostered and then adopted. If they were in it for the money, they could have continued receiving the foster-care funding and not adopted them.

Sperm, Craigslist, Lesbians, and Welfare; What Could Go Wrong?

Dear Comrade 3036,

This is the story where the Kansas court found a sperm donor liable for child support after two lesbians who had the kid applied for welfare benefits to support him.

John Ransom

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