John Ransom

It’s the weekend. And nothing says “week-end” more than answering a week of endless inquiries from our readers ;-).

So here’s a glance at the email, hate mail and comments we’ve accumulated over the week:

John wrote: “And get rid of those damn Czars ! They cause more trouble than people ever realize!” in response to Kudlow’s column Cantor's Pro-Growth Call.

Dear John,

Yes. Ever since Peter the Great, the czars have all been downhill. But I mean come on, Peter was Great. What do you expect after that? Peter the Greater?

Ok. So you, like the rest of us have problems with Obama having so many czars. Actually though, when you are Unionizing for America, you need a lot of workers to stand around and drink coffee. Some of them will be czars. So the strategy from that perspective makes sense.

Also, with all the vacation days Obama takes, you have to leave someone in charge.

Plus I understand that Eric Holder and the DoJ just filed suit to get Obama more vacation days.  I say we help him.

Kevin wrote: “The middle class will not exist without unions. Big business just doesn't want to pay good wages or give out benefits so the only way for workers to protect themselves is to unionize” in response to my column UAW Plans Suicide Bombing of Economy.

Dear Kevin,

Actually there has been a big middle class in the US since way before unions existed. That’s why America was called the Land of Opportunity. Is it your theory that waves of immigrants have come to the US over the centuries because they wanted to be exploited by big-time capitalists?  

Fact is that studies show that as union membership declined wages and benefits have stayed the same, at about 70 percent of corporate revenues more or less.

The problem is that studies that claim the contrary don’t take into account the increased benefits that companies pay workers, say our friends at Heritage.  

If you really care about wages in our country- and, oh by the way, human rights- you'll demand that we start enforcing our immigration laws. It's an outrage the the federal government has created an underclass in this country by not enforcing our laws.       


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.
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