John Ransom

Every week there is a new “controversy” manufactured by the Obama administration in order to avoid answering the tough questions on the only question that really matters.

This week’s manufactured controversy doesn’t even rise to the level of controversy, but still, journalists are anxious to slurp up and then vomit back the gossipy gruel being doled out by the White House.

If the administration manufactures much more news, they’ll have to get a waiver from the EPA under the MACT Act for the noxious and toxic emissions they are producing every week. 

On Sunday, vice president Joe Biden suggested that he- and by implication the administration- is OK with gay marriage.

Big deal huh?

I guess maybe the first clue they supported gay marriage would have been when the administration said they weren’t going to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.  



Biden of course implied some sort of misdirection or change of policy by qualifying his statement with the obligatory “of course I’m not speaking for the president” boiler plate that politicians use when they want journalists to follow up with brilliant, edge-of-seat questions like: “But aren’t you taking a position different than the administration!!!”

And yes, journalists really are that dumb.

They need those kinds of hints from their own side, especially with this administration.

I never thought I would live to see an administration with poorer communications skills than George the Younger.

But hey; I was wrong.

Even with a perfectly nuanced and teleprompted delivery, more often than not, Obama gets the message wrong. 

He got it wrong on the Keystone pipeline; he got it wrong on GM; he got it wrong on Trayvon Martin; he got it wrong on Sandra Fluke; he got it wrong on Obamacare; he got it wrong on bin Laden and he’ll get it wrong on something else next week too.

Because as wrong as he’s been on those issues, he’s even more wrong on the economy.


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.
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