John Ransom

It’s a world where officials in Birmingham warned a pastor he could be arrested for giving out food for free to homeless people because he didn’t have a license-- for charity? And in a related item, Roman authorities arrested a dude in robe and sandals for giving out loaves and fishes.

Wait until they hear about the wine and water stunt he pulled.

That was the world they lived in.

And, honest-to-goodness, if you ever got a chance to see a US Senator up close and personal today, you probably couldn't tell him from a Pharisee the closer you got.

I mean except for the stench.

Senators probably smell a little bit worse than Pharisees did. Hypocrisy kind of rots a person from the inside.

Europe remains a flash point; and the economy produces few jobs; the healthcare system is collapsing; the IRS scandal is growing worse and more ominous.

And Obama, the guy who put the word “hyper” in hypocrisy, does the MH370 routine and disappears in Asia.

Too bad his refuse is still washing back on our shores.

This is the world we live in.

So we can count Ukraine as just another tab that Washington and Wall Street want us to pay on credit-- much later-- at higher interest rates-- because nothing-- and I mean nothing-- must interfere with the operations of the unified combination of markets and politics as our state-sponsored religion.

Not jobs, not laws, not the economy.

Certainly not

A merger with Russia by Ukraine is the only thing that makes sense, even if it has to be a hostile takeover bid. Think of all the cost savings the combined countries will make.

And, think too of the bonuses the Board of Directors will get.

In the 1930s. the world gave us a man like Winston Churchill. Today we have a men like, ugh, John McCain, one of the original Pharisees, and, ugh, Barack Obama, a guy who makes Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter look strong.

McCain would have signed the Declaration of Independence, I’m told, but he was busy being a prisoner of war-- he’s that kind of patriot.

Did he ever tell you about that time he was a prisoner of war?

Yeah, he told me too.

That was a time that we lived in, and it helped create the time we live in now.

So hurry up folks: I don't know about you, but I really, really want to live in a different time.

And as Winston Churchill proved, one man can make a difference at any time, as long as that man has character, courage and common sense.

I’m just looking for one.

And you likely are too.

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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