It didn’t take long to figure out that John McCain is totally out-of-touch with reality on a number of fronts. This is especially true when it comes to the economic woes facing our nation. Senator McCain, who admits he knows little about the economic issue, has been depending on Dr. Phil Gramm, who was co-chair of the McCain campaign, to advise him on economic policy matters. Gramm has been setting economic policy for the campaign. Recently, this key advisor called the United States “a nation of whiners” who are in a “mental recession.” While Gramm’s remarks were just plain dumb, I fear this echoes what many top Republicans in Washington really believe about the American people. Many of them don’t even know how to pump gas, much less how it feels to pay over $4 a gallon for that gas. I doubt if any of McCain’s top advisors could even tell us what a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread costs in the stores. It’s hard for them to understand what the American people are going through because of the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration.
So far all we have heard from McCain on the economy is a replay of what we have been hearing from the Bush Administration over the past seven years. As a result of the misguided economic policies of the Bush White House, the American economy is in great peril and our people are experiencing enormous economic challenges. We are in an economic recession and the fallout from Gramm’s comments will just make things worse. Gramm, a former U.S. Senator from Texas and now a vice chairman of the Swiss bank UBS, made his remarks in an interview with The Washington Times. Gramm says he has a doctorate in economics, but I have to wonder if he made it to all of his classes. On the other hand, maybe he went to too many. In any event, what he said about the state of our nation’s economy is either the most arrogant thing I have heard lately or the dumbest.
It’s high time we had a President who doesn’t deny our problems or blame the American people for them, but who will take responsibility and provide the leadership necessary to solve them. The economy is one of the two top issues for voters this year. In fact, it may be the most important issue in the presidential campaign. Interestingly, Gramm was in line for a top cabinet post in a McCain White House, but he now has been thrown under the bus by his close friend, John McCain. Karen Finney, the Democratic National Committee’s communications director, had this to say:
What John McCain, George Bush, and Phil Gramm just don’t understand is that the American people aren’t whining about the state of the economy; they are suffering under the weight of it — the weight of eight years of Bush-onomics that John McCain and Phil Gramm have vowed to continue. How dare John McCain and his advisers so callously dismiss the challenges the American people face? No wonder voters feel John McCain is out of touch. He and his campaign don’t even understand the everyday issues Americans are dealing with.
If Gramm was the only bad apple in the McCain barrel, the threat to our nation if the GOP nominee became President, wouldn’t be as serious. But when you consider that Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and a host of powerful Washington lobbyists are running the show for McCain, it’s downright scary. While Gramm has removed himself from the campaign – at least on paper – his influence on McCain remains, according to reliable sources in Washington.
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