John McCain apologized for something Phil Gramm said today,
Barack Obama ridiculed a John McCain economic adviser Thursday who said the United States has become a “nation of whiners” suffering from a “mental recession,” as McCain distanced himself from the remarks.
Phil Gramm, who now is the No. 2 at the Swiss bank UBS, told The Washington Times the U.S. has benefited from globalization but most Americans are misguided by constant reports that the economy is at its worst in 30 years.
“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” Gramm, a former Texas senator, told the newspaper, adding that the presumptive Republican nominee will face an uphill battle fighting those perceptions.
“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.
First, I agree with Gramm, I have believed all along we have talked ourselves into this economic slowdown. Or, more accurately, we as a country have allowed the Democratic Party and the MSM to talk us into the slowdown.
Further I am disgusted with McCain falling over himself to apologize. He should have stood up and, clarify if he wants, but say that Gramm was fundamentally correct. America is in better shape than we believe and the fact that with all of the things going on, from recovering from the economic hits of 9/11, hurricane Katrina, etc to the slowdown in the housing market, to record gas prices, the American economy is still growing, inflation is stable, and only about 5% of Americans are unemployed. In my mind this means George Bush has developed a fairly resilient economy. Naturally he won’t get credit for it. But McCain has done what I have complained about before, instead of standing up and saying this, he pisses his pants and runs out and apologizes. This is a malady of the entire GOP leadership.
Off the soapbox though. There was a quote by Obama in response to Gramm's remarks that so far has not gotten any notice but is probably more a window into his beliefs than most other things he has said so far.
“Let’s be clear, when people are struggling with the rising costs of everything from gas to groceries, when we’ve lost 438,000 jobs over the past six months, when the typical family has lost $1,000 in income … since George Bush took office … this economic downturn is not in your heads.
“It isn’t whining to ask government to step in and give families some relief.”
Now I don’t want to be accused of taking his comment out of context, but this last statement, that the government will help, should scare us. He isn’t advocating fixing the problem that he thinks exists, his visceral reaction is that the government will take care of it for us. This is on top of his fellow Democratic Congressmen making comments recently about nationalizing the oil industry, Democratic leaders calling for the return of the Fairness Doctrine, and Obama himself wanting to nationalize health care.
The reality is that people better be paying attention to what the Democrats are saying this year. Listen to them and cast your vote by what you hear not based on past party loyalty. The current Democratic Party leadership of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barrack Obama are closer to socialists than people want to believe. They have the definite mindset that the government is there to take care of us. If you work for a living, you could be in a rough time with these people in control of your money.