Rarely has a less charismatic man run for President than Phil Gramm. From my home state of Iowa, I observed the sheer animal magnetism that was Phil Gramm. He seemingly lived full-time at the Sam’s Club just off I-235 in West Des Moines, dining on free samples in late 1995. Sadly, he was edged out in the hearts of Iowans by the more lovable personality that is Bob Dole, all despite Gramm’s last minute campaign tactic of referring to Dole in the 1st person oh the inanity!
The people of America failing to see him as the Harlequin Romance figure he thought he had become, Phil retired from the Senate in 2002, determined to enrich himself at the expense of average Americans everywhere. And boy did he.
Going to work as a highly compensated "Vice Chairman" of UBS he lobbied Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis where he pressured his old buddies to bypass and overrule state laws that sought to stem predatory tactics used by lenders and brokers to place homeowners in high-cost mortgages. Like UBS provided.
When not helping screw over average people, Gramm helped create McCain’s March 26, 2008 policy speech on the mortgage crisis. In fact, since the Summer of 2007, Gramm has been McCain’s most prominent and important economic adviser.
At a recent meeting with the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Republican presidential candidate John McCain admitted he "doesn’t really understand economics" and then pointed to his adviser and former Senate colleague, Phil Gramm – whom he had brought with him to the meeting – as the expert he turns to on the subject
Well, the man McCain turns to just said this about the slumping and wheezing American economy:
"You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven’t had one yet."
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said.
Yes, the economy is down because we’re all whiners…not winners like Phil Gramm.
And when Phil Gramm’s policies led to you losing your home…well, you’re a whiner.
When you return from your latest tour in Iraq and you find your house is gone…you’re not a hero anymore, you’re just another whiner.
Yes, Phil Gramm, truly an American hero.
And if you’re wondering why this gets no attention — while the media still brings up Reverend Wright — you’re a whiner.
Maybe McCain and Gramm can get Jeff Foxworthy to put together a list for them?