John Ransom

Doctor Roy wrote: You guys remember when I told you that corporations are not persons and money is not free speech? And that Citizens United would come back and bite you all in the behind? And that the only way to stop the shenanigans is to take the money out of getting elected? Well just chalk all this up to your "free speech". This is what you want. So this is what you get. -Cleared of Ethics Charges, Maxine Waters Ready to Write Bank Laws

Dear Comrade Doctor,

You have cause and effect jumbled up as most liberal ground troops do.

Citizens United isn’t the problem.

The problem is a government that has the power to pick winners and losers in our society. That’s the problem.

Do you know why lobbyists aren’t lined up to lobby plumbers? Because plumbers don’t have the ability to pass trillion dollar stimulus bills that go to fund startups owned and operated by rich donors. As long as the government has the ability to spend trillions on favored groups like, say, solar companies or banks or union-controlled auto companies or- gasp! oil companies, you will see people trying to “buy” influence.

As long as the government has the ability to punish disfavored groups like, say, oil companies, coal companies, cement factories and gasp! doctors, passing laws limiting campaign contributions will do no good.

Stop the government from running everything in this country- or just try stopping them from running any ONE thing- and you will see money disappear from politics.  

Cedar Rebellion wrote: I like the "too stinkin' rich" approach along with "you didn't write that you only said the words" and especially "you need to give back" views of the Left. So, why not having a two-step tax system for entertainment? First $100,000 is only taxed at normal rates while all amounts, including future estimated earnings, are taxed at 99%. The extra tax can be distributed by John Ransom based on his compassion model. -Let's Tax Matt Damon

Dear Cedar,

John Ransom

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