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John McCain’s top economic adviser, Phil Gramm–former Texas senator and good-ol’-doughboy–told the Washington Times this week that America has become “a nation of whiners.” He also said the so-called recession we’re experiencing is “mental” and that the country has “never been more dominant.”
Given that Phil and his wife Wendy, also an economist and former Enron board member, have had a hand in two of the worst financial collapses in recent history–the subprime mortgage crisis and the Enron scandal, respectively–I totally see where he’s coming from. Can’t afford gas? It’s all in your head. Lose your house? Suck it up. Lose your life savings so that a bunch of corporate assholes could get filthy rich, fly private, and expand the square-footage on their Aspen vacation homes? Fuck you.
The McCain campaign quickly distanced itself from Gramm’s comments, issuing this statement:
“Phil Gramm’s comments are not representative of John McCain’s views. John McCain travels the country every day talking to Americans who are hurting, feeling pain at the pump and worrying about how they’ll pay their mortgage.”
Aww, shit, Phil! Guess you can say buh-bye to that Treasury Secretary appointment!
UPDATE: Gramm tries to backpedal. Still sounds like a dipshit.
Last year in Memphis, I stood, squinting into the sun, at the balcony of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned to death. I wasn’t alive to see Dr. King speak, experience his movement, or hear his words firsthand, but I instantly felt myself sobbing. In that very spot, we lost one of the great, brave, unifying voices of our nation’s history–someone who dared to dream and hope, speak loudly with restraint, believe in people’s ability to change the way we think and act. King’s very existence allowed us all to be better than ourselves. In life and in death, King was that change.
Does it really “take a president,” Hillary?