We are a “nation of whiners and we are in a mental recession and not a real recession” said Phil Gramm, an economic advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign.
And guess what? John McCain seems to agree. In an interview with Fox News in April, the candidate himself said he thinks the recession is all in our minds, "A lot of our problems today, as you know are psychological—the confidence, the trust, the uncertainty about our economic future, the ability to keep our home." According to this post on the Democratic Underground.
I just have one question for the both of them. What planet are you two living on?
When Gramm’s quote hit the airwaves in the Washington Times this week, McCain tried to distance himself from his committee co-chair, claiming that Gramm doesn’t speak for him. McCain’s track record shows that he has relied on Gramm’s advise for a number of years. This is some of what Gramm told Washington Times this week:
“You’ve heard of mental depressions; this is a mental recession....We have sort of become a nation of whiners....You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline....We’ve never been more dominant; we’ve never had more natural advantages than we have today.... We have benefited greatly" from the globalization of the economy in the last 30 years.”
When millions of hard working families are constantly going into debt because of this economy, and there are still nearly 47 million Americans without health insurance, and gas is at an average of $4.11 a gallon, it should be clear that the economic pain isn’t just in our heads.
So, why do Gramm and McCain think we’re whining? Maybe they aren’t being affected by this downturn. According to a recent phone interview, McCain seems to think that some of these economic issues don’t matterHe doesn’t remember the last time he has pumped his own gas and how much it costs. . McCain is promoting a gas tax holiday for drivers because he claims to understand “Americans are hurting.” It will provide “a little psychological boost,” McCain said of his plan.
If McCain cannot see a problem that America has, how can he fix it?
Watch Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama’s response: