Posts Tagged ‘Gramm’
McBush and snooty Gramm
Senator John McCain has spent a week trying to tell people that he feels their economic pain. So it was more than a little unhelpful when one of his top economic advisers was quoted as saying that the United States was only in a “mental recession” and that it had become a “nation of whiners.”
The adviser, former Senator Phil Gramm, Republican of Texas, tried to clarify his remarks Thursday by saying he had been referring only to some of the nation’s leaders.
But it was too late to keep from complicating things for McCain, who has been trying to strike a more empathetic tone after sometimes struggling to maintain a balance between displaying optimism about the nation’s future and demonstrating an understanding of Americans’ economic hardships.
Senator Barack Obama, noting that McCain had previously said an expansion of offshore oil drilling might have a “psychological” benefit for the country, seized on Gramm’s remarks, made in an interview with The Washington Times.
“You know, America already has one Dr. Phil,” Obama said at a campaign stop in Fairfax, Virginia, referring to a talk show host. “When it comes to the economy, we don’t need another.”
McCain’s offered one of his patent leather, too lame, too late excuses for Gramm, of course.
Well, I’m proud of family members who walked away from the Republican Party during this Bush League disaster. One of those – after 50 years of being a loyal Republican.
When the topic comes up, when we discuss fiscal responsibility, when we reflect on traditional conservative standards of defending our nation’s endowment of natural beauty, defending our nation with a strong military – but, not invading other nations to benefit a narrow class of investors, there is only the sad admission that there is no Republican Party anymore.
Just mean-spirited Christian Crusaders and the greedy Oil Mafia.