This Blows My Mind!

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Comments made by a top adviser to Senator John McCain about America being in a "mental recession" are laughable to me.

This article below just BLOWS my mind.  I find if anything right now people are doing the best they can to get by, I know I am.  The fact that this man is alluding to the fact that we're making up financial woes in a way to complain is beyond me.  How in the world can someone look at the statistics and say this?  The price of gas is..well...I don't have to tell you.  The price of food is through the roof.  People are losing their jobs, I've seen this in my own family.  Companies are having to make dramatic cutbacks.  Airlines are jacking up the price of everything, for goodness sake we now have to PAY money just to take our bags!

I actually feel bad for Senator John McCain in this instance, because apparently his camp didn't have anything to do with this..and just so I don't get jumped on here I have not yet decided who I'm voting for in the Presidential election.  The problem, as in many elections is that I like some things both candidates have to say and don't like some things as well. 

Regardless of who takes office next year, I think the person in charge of leading this country needs to be aware that there is a serious economic crunch right now.  I don't think the media is over glorifying it either..we're not making it up that people of all ages are struggling.  Now, I understand this doesn't apply to everyone.  Some who are comfortable enough to survive comfortably may not feel the pinch as much, but they're still paying 4 dollars a gallon for gas and I'm sorry, I don't care who you are or how much money you're going to step up and take notice or at least do a double take.  Perhaps Mr. Gramm doesn't drive!

(CNN) -- Phil Gramm, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain, on Thursday stood by his comment that the country is in a "mental recession," and said he was trying to say the nation's leaders, not its people, were "whiners."

Phil Gramm, left, is an economic adviser for Sen. John McCain. Phil Gramm, left, is an economic adviser for Sen. John McCain.

Democrats blasted Gramm, who advises presumed Republican nominee McCain on economic matters, for saying Americans who have named the economy as a top concern this campaign cycle were "a nation of whiners."

McCain forcefully repudiated the remarks while campaigning in Michigan, which has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

The comments came in a Washington Times interview published Thursday.

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline," said the former Texas senator. "You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession."  Gramm also said the media was responsible for fostering unnecessary anxiety over the state of the economy. "Misery sells newspapers," he said. "Thank God the economy is not as bad as you read in the newspaper every day."

A McCain campaign source said that not only did Gramm not speak to the Washington Times on McCain's behalf, but the campaign also did not know he was doing it -- unlike Gramm's meeting Thursday with the Wall Street Journal, in which McCain staff were present.



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  • by Tommy Location: Greenville on Aug 14, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    What he is saying is negative attitudes, whether they are justified or not, can be contagious. Try thinking before you voice your lack of understanding.
  • by lorraine Location: greenville on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    its time to get the old men out of the white house and get some young blood in there..old people are stuck in their ways and don't like change.. change is good
  • by Wood Location: Washington on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    If we are not whiners and or complainers, what are we? Take any subject you like and I believe you'll find at least three different positions by the people. Example, If you say to the Public "Good Morning America", one third will disagree vehemently, some of the third so much so they want to riot, explode in destruction, etc., one third won't care one way or the other and one third will agree wholeheartedly. Politicians are in the same position, I don't see how any of them ever get elected. When are we gonna stop whining and complaining and go to work doing something about the world situation and the mess we voters have let us get into? This started back in the late 1950's and it took us 50 years to get here, when we decided as a government we could write ourself a check, through welfare, grants, social services, etc. We use to be a proud people - what happened? Thanks.
  • by mark Location: moyock on Jul 20, 2008 at 07:51 AM
    Hello again, Christine. Once again, we find ourselves in agreement. The price of fuel has had a direct impact on the price of everything else! When I first received my driver's license back in 1985, gas was right around $.98 a gallon. I say the same thing over and over. Drill here, drill now, pay less.
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Jul 16, 2008 at 01:23 PM
    I'll bet Gramm doesn't drive either, hes been in congress forever. Last time he paid for gas out of his pocket it was probably only 45 cents per gallon! Anyone who agrees with Phil Gramm has dimentia. I too work two jobs, this is the price I have to pay to continue to do the things I enjoy doing. Sadly an election these days is not the selection of the best person for the job, but, simply a choice of the lesser of two evils. Anyone who thinks we are not in trouble is in even more trouble than the average individual. In closing, I would have to disagree with DS about the article. However, I would have to agree with DS's evaluation of your photo! And since you've started using lighter shades of lipstick-even better!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    I am a reformed Democrat, I used to call myself a Republican but now I use the term Conservative to describe my political affiliation. The reason for my change is that over the years I've witnessed a steady decline in both political parties. They are completely out of touch with your average everyday American. I doubt Mr. Gramm has pumped gas or bought his own groceries in many years. I work for the State and I bring home around 1,800 per month. S415.00 of that goes to pay for my wife's medical coverage. I spend maybe another $200.00 per month for gas alone. So that leaves me with around $600.00 per month for other bills. So yeah, if complaining about $4.00 per gallon gas with oil companies making record profits qualifies as a whiner, then count me in. As for who I'll be voting for, this is the first election that there hasn't been someone I could hold my nose and vote for. So this year I'll be writing in my old High School Drivers Ed teacher. Neither of these clowns deserves my vote.
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Jul 14, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    Apparently this guy is in a mental delusion! He probably doesn't drive. I swear if the price of anything goes up even 10 more cents, I'm not going to make it. I already work a full-time job and a part-time job. What more should I do? Oh yeah, I guess I should get my shrink to up my dosage of antidepressants since all this worry over surviving is JUST IN MY HEAD!!!
  • by DS Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2008 at 07:56 PM
    I'm not too high on your article Christine. However, you are looking nice in your photo.

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