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McCain Adviser Calls Americans "Nation of Whiners" then Resigns

Friday after hours Senator Phil Gramm resigned from his position as co-Chair of the McCain campaign.

Former Sen. Phil Gramm is stepping down from his post as national co-chair for John McCain a week after creating headaches for the campaign by calling Americans "whiners" and saying the country was only experiencing a "mental recession."

In a statement issued tonight, after the national news broadcasts, Gramm, a former Texas senator-turned-investment banker, said he didn't want to be a distraction.

"It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country," said Gramm, who has been one of McCain's economic advisers. "That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain's ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country's problems, it hurts the country."

No, Phil you major-league putz -- what's clear is that you're an idiot, and a detriment to the already-idiotic campaign staff that surrounds chubby cheek.

But note how the Republicans still can't just come clean and say the guy blew it:

Gramm's decison comes after word that, in his weekend column, Robert Novak was to report that the Gramm and McCain had talked subsequent to the ill-time remarks and that he'd stay on as a surrogate and adviser.

But McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said earlier today that Gramm would no longer represent the campaign.

Gramm's move tonight appears to be a move to clarify his status. But when asked whether this meant he'd no longer advise or represent McCain, Bounds only said that it was Gramm's decision to step down from his co-chair post.

How's that for "straight talk" folks?

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McCain Adviser Calls Americans "Nation of Whiners"
Published July 10, 2008 12:22pm

Every once in a while a high-ranking Republican lets their hatred of everyday Americans slip out into the open.

In an interview with the Washington Times, McCain's top economic adviser Phil Gramm tells America to suck it up and stop complaining about the 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. "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.

What arrogance. Some Americans are losing their homes, all ordinary Americans are struggling with the high cost of gasoline and the inflationary pressure that is put on food and other every day items, but arrogant Republican assholes like McCain and Gramm could care less.

And note the stupidity that is also exhibited by Gramm - who is McCain's chief economic adviser.

"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"

The export "boom" - which Gramm cites as the primary support under our flailing economy, is actually fed by the declining value of the U.S. dollar, which makes American goods cheaper overseas.

The failure of the Bush administration to support the value of the US dollar is being spun by Gramm, McBush's chief economic adviser, as being a good thing. The fact is that the failing dollar is indeed the "primary reason" (Gramm's words) for the major export boom. Our asses (and assets) are being kicked worldwide, and Gramm finds good news in that the world is selling off US dollars in favor of other currencies.

Enough is enough. It's time to get these idiots out of Washington.

Update: Obama and McBush weigh in... first, Barack Obama's reaction:

Democrat Barack Obama Thursday gleefully pounced on a comment by a top backer of his Republican White House foe John McCain that Americans were a "nation of whiners" spooked by a "mental recession."[...]

"Senator Phil Gramm, a top economic advisor to Senator McCain, just recently said that this is merely 'a mental recession,'" Obama said during a campaign appearance in Virgina.

"Senator Gramm then deemed the United States, and I quote, 'a nation of whiners,'" Obama said.

"Well, you know, America already has one Dr. Phil," Obama said, referring to a tough-talking television talk show host and psychologist.

"When it comes to the economy, we don't need another," he said.

"I think it's time we had a president who doesn't deny our problems or blame the American people for them, but takes responsibility and provides the leadership to solve them. That's the kind of president I will be."

and John McBush's reaction (same link):

"I don't agree with Senator Gramm," the Arizona senator said while campaigning in the economically struggling Midwest.

"I believe that the person here in Michigan that just lost his job isn't suffering from a mental recession," McCain said.

"I believe the mother here in Michigan and around America that is trying to get enough money to educate her children isn't whining.

"Phil Gramm does not speak for me, I speak for me. So I strongly disagree," he said, joking that the former senator could be in line for a job as ambassador to Belarus if he won the election.

"Though I'm not sure the citizens of Minsk would welcome that," McCain added.

Fire him, McCain, if you're serious about your disdain for Gramm's remarks. But John McBush won't do that. The fact is that John McBush is just like the rest of the Republican liars who put themselves, their party, and their religion above the American people and the U.S. Constitution.

Update after Gramm's resignation: -- Well, McSame couldn't fire him, but stood around and kicked the dirt untiil Gramm resigned. I guess Gramm is just too powerful a man for John McCain to fire, so we had to wait until Novak asked why Gramm was hiding deep in the shadows and out of sight.

A stunning piece of mis-management from the latest Republican blunderboy.... Senator John McBush.


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Comments (10)

Denise:

Maybe you didn't see the latest Pew Poll?

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/09/AR2008070902281.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Baby Boomers Got the Blues
Viewing Life Through Morose-Colored Glasses

By Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 10, 2008; Page C01

The baby boomers -- that prominent group of middle-agers whose massive numbers invite never-ending dissection and speculation -- have once again spoken. What they have said is, " Waaaaaahhh."

This is according to a social and demographic trends survey released recently by the Pew Research Center. The survey measured the pessimism, dissatisfaction and general curmudgeonliness of 2,413 adults in various generations.

The results validate any member of the Greatest Generation who ever looked at his or her offspring and sadly thought, "soft." Simply put, boomers are a bunch of . . . whiners.

Ryan:

It must be easy for a multi-millionaire like Sen. Gramm to call me a "whiner" for working my ass off day in and day out, barely making my mortgage payment, and spending a quarter of my check on gas. What a pompous ass. This is the guy McSame taps to be his economic advisor. Sheesh.

bryanD:

Gramm is farting orally because he was instrumental in allowing commodity futures to be traded with only 5%-15% collateral in the first place, which was just begging for mischief in the market. And all at the behest of Enron. And his wife, former head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Phill Gramm is farting his jets for take-off. From McCain'08 back to Dickey Flatt Air Field of the Mind.

Allen:

Yep, we are a nation of whiners, according to the party of family values. What a joke Gramm is. Poor McSame is also getting a double whammy because one of his state party leaders got caught by his wife, in bed with a college student from Troy College.

Just watching these pompous idiots screw up is fun. And to think some people will be charged with having McDS. I have seen CDS, BDS, ODS, and now McDS. Can hardly wait for the next one!

HughS:

bryanD

"Gramm is farting orally because he was instrumental in allowing commodity futures to be traded with only 5%-15% collateral in the first place, which was just begging for mischief in the market. And all at the behest of Enron."

That flatulence originates in your head.

Margin requirements for commodity futures contracts have been set at the 5-15% maintenance level (that's the correct terminology, genius) since the late 1970's. For example, in 1979 the margin requirement for one CBOT Corn contract was $750.00. That amount represented approximately 7.5% of the total value of the contract. Other commodity futures contracts required similar maintenance margin levels.

Margin deposits can be changed by exchanges, exchange members, associated members and regulators at their sole discretion; they do not require CFTC guidance. The Hunt silver crash (1980, well before the Wendy Gramm/Enron conspiracy that consumes the grassy knoll that is your limited and ignorant take of futures trading) is a good example of this. Look it up, read some, and get informed before you start ranting about something you obviously know nothing about. Enron did not invent this game, at least not in reality.

Lee Ward:

Perhaps the confusion lies in that Wendy Gramm is a former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairperson who later joined the board of Enron.

I wonder how many favors she did for Kenny and "the boys" while at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that earned her that fat payoff?

Trivia contest! See if you can spot Wendy in this photograph, lol.

Wendy Gramm is Phil Gramm's wife.

And you owe Bryan a big apology, Hugh... feel free to make it here and now.

The legislation reducing government oversight of energy trading was muscled through Congress -- without a Senate committee hearing -- with the aid of U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas. Gramm was chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which had jurisdiction over the legislation he co-sponsored, but he chose to bypass his committee, and the bill was quietly tacked onto a "must-pass" appropriations bill late in the session.

Gramm's wife, Wendy Gramm, also aided Enron's rise to power. As chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, she pushed through a key regulatory exemption on Jan. 14, 1993, just as she was about to leave office. Five weeks later, she joined Enron's board of directors, where she served on the board's audit committee and had access to key financial information about the company.

Nothing to see here, move along. Just the usual slimy Republican bullshit...

HughS:

No apology will be forthcoming, Lee.

Read my comment again. Bryan opined on matters that he knew nothing of: margin requirements for futures trading contracts. He made a blatantly false statement:

"Gramm is farting orally because he was instrumental in allowing commodity futures to be traded with only 5%-15% collateral in the first place, which was just begging for mischief in the market."

I corrected his error.

Move along, nothing to see here but abject ignorance and arrogance.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Seems to me as if we're arguing over nits... Clearly Phil Gram and his wife the Bush/Ken Lay handlicker paved the way for for companies like Enron to steal money from the cookie jars of grandmothers all over the nation...

and Republican handlickers are quick to come to their defense.

What does it say abut John McCain, who admits to severely lacking knowledge on economic matters, when he places his trust in a guy like Gramm, who's now been shown to be, just like his wife, deep in the pockets of people who do not have everyday Americans in mind?

Move along indeed, nothing to see here but Republican scum, and their air-headed apologists.


We're not arguing over nits. We're arguing over what bryanD said. Here is what he said:

"Gramm is farting orally because he was instrumental in allowing commodity futures to be traded with only 5%-15% collateral in the first place, which was just begging for mischief in the market. And all at the behest of Enron. And his wife, former head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Phill Gramm is farting his jets for take-off. From McCain'08 back to Dickey Flatt Air Field of the Mind.

3. Posted by bryanD | July 11, 2008 9:46 PM"

The first sentence (including its conclusion) is FALSE. The second sentence is FALSE. The third sentence is only true in fact, but does not support of the statements and conclusions in the first two sentences.

My first comment clearly pointed to that error.

Lee, if you want to hang Enron on Bush, Gramm(s) and Lay's collusion and conspiracy, have at it. I'm not going to show up at Blue and argue that point with you.

But I will dispute bryan's obvious misstatement of fact and understanding of the historical and present practices of commodities futures markets. To attribute lower margin requirements (bryan doesn't even know the terminology, to say nothing of his factual error) to Gramm and Enron (he even quantifies it with a "5-15%" assertion) and then draw the conclusion that it invites market mischief is hilariously wrong.

It is reminiscent of this exchange:

"Bluto: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

Otter (Tim Matheson): [whispering] Germans?

Boon (Peter Riegert): Forget it, he's rolling."

Bryan was on a roll and got called on it.

reallytrue:

Okay, guys, I'm not a whiner, either - but hey thats you and me; look around you - we have an entire Democratic Party, including their leaders, who are pepetual whiners; did you see Nancy Pelosi on Tv, whining up a storm -

Quite frankly, I don't think the guy should have resigned, nor do I think McCain should've fired him - he should have stood up and said
"there are lots of whiners in this Nation - they are called 'the Democratic party'"
and everyone (who matters) can have a good laugh and get on to important issues.


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