John Ransom

Quiet Reason wrote: Mr. Ransom, As "Finance Editor" I thought you might devote your columns to, well, finance. It would also be refreshing if your column had some analysis and data in it to back up your positions. Not to mention some basic editing (Joe the "Plummer?”). All presidents travel, it is part of the job to represent US interests internationally. One thing you might have discovered is that the current president is not traveling more than Bush. FactCheck reports "in his first two years, Bush took 148 trips compared to Obama's 126. – in response to Obama: I want to be known as the Junket President

Dear Quiet,

Sorry. I don’t have a copy editor. But I did make several edits to your comments, including correcting some spacing issues and punctuation. Really: You should have someone go over you posts before hitting the enter button.

Finance is a one man operation and we operate 7 days a week. I proof as best as I can, but I’ll never copy edit my own stuff perfectly.  

An article about Obama taking a vacation to Bali instead of helping the Super Committee make budget cuts certainly is about finance. I will admit that much of the humor is rather gratuitous. But it’s there to make a point.

Your president is more concerned with sending his luggage to Bali than he is in creating jobs, cutting the deficit or even raising taxes.

I know it’s confusing to liberals because you have a liberal president who hasn’t been involved in creating a budget, ever. But the way it works is that generally the president presents budget ideas that attract at least a vote by his own party.

He has yet to do that this year. It’s now November.  

I know this is confusing to your president because he’s never had to do this before. But it’s only fair that conservatives pointed out Obama’s strange penchant for exercising leadership by voting “present” when he was in the Illinois legislature.    

This is a guy who voted “present” on budget issues 45 times in the Illinois legislature. He even voted present on a bill that he himself sponsored.

He was AWOL during the debt ceiling negotiations this year and it took us to the brink of disaster as a country while he vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard.

If liberals want to occupy something, why don’t they start with the leadership vacuum that Obama’s left on the budget and the deficit? 

This is a guy who lacks substance, leadership ability, ideas, execution, warmth, charm.

Admit it: The country elected him because he wasn’t a white guy.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.