John Ransom

Don wrote: Just how many vacation days did President George W. Bush take during his reign? - Obama on Vacation: The $28,429,533.47 Man

Dear Comrade Don,

George W. Bush took vacations either at his own home in Texas or at his parents’ place in Kennebunkport. That’s not the same thing as flying off to South Africa on safari or touring Brazil or hanging at Martha’s Vineyard.

It’d be nice to see the Obamas go back to Illinois, back to Hyde Park for a vacation, and hey, it would lower their carbon footprint too.

But when exactly have liberals been a "do-as-I-do" kind of people?

The most consistent feature of liberal legislation is that it exempts them and their lobbyists, unions and corporate pals from the effects of the social engineering they foist on the rest of us. 

Bush at least had the sense to hang up his golf bags and not play golf after 9/11. 

Obama, on the other hand, avoids Chicago.

Perhaps that’s because he helped make Chicago the toilet that it’s become.

Whatever else you can say about Chicago, it’s a city that has been forged and refined by Democrats, like Obama.

When I was growing up there, the city at least functioned.

Today it’s just a shooting gallery.

And why not?

Cook County produces wonderful legislators like Jan Schakowsky (D-Socialist) whose husband was convicted of bank fraud, and failure to withhold taxes; and – I think there is more shame in this- was honored in 2000 by the Democratic Socialists of America with the Debs Award with the note: “Your work and your life honors the memory of Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington and continues their legacy of struggle for social justice. For your dedication to the fight for a just society, the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award on this 5th day of May, 2000.”

I guess bank fraud and socialism do go together. If you understand how one works, you probably have a great understanding of the other too.

Anyway, I wouldn’t want to go back and live in Chicago no matter how big a mansion I owned, especially if, like Obama, I lived in Hyde Park.

And it’s not likely I’d ever go back unless I went there to clean it up.

None of that for Obama however.

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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