Sunday, July 13, 2008

Senator McCain Explains Away Phil Gramm

Last Thursday, former Senator Phil Gramm, currently chief economic adviser for the McCain campaign, called America a "nation of whiners" whose economic complaints are mostly "mental." I'm sure most Americans were relieved to know that their economic concerns and hardships could be relieved by a pep talk. Senator McCain had immediate collateral damage to with and said, “Phil Gramm does not speak for me. I strongly disagree." Senator McCain went on to state, "that people who've lost their jobs or are struggling to pay bills aren't suffering from a " 'mental recession.' America is in great difficulty, and we are experiencing economic challenges."

Given that Phil Gramm is a vice president for UBS, and is largely responsible for the so-called "Enron Loophole" along with his wife Wendy Gramm, it is unlikely that he is suffering any economic hardships at this time. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The photo presented with the courtesy of Politgal1 ( is probably worth several thousand words.

It's a shame that Senator McCain has a chief adviser who is so out of touch and contemptuous of the vast majority of Americans. If you are not an affluent American and have concerns about: health insurance; your ability to make your mortgage payment; whether you can pay for the gasoline to drive to work and take your children to school; the increasing price of food; and a host of other concerns, can you really afford to vote for a man whose chief economic adviser is so insensitive to your concerns and issues.

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