Not Feeling Phil
I guess the days of compassionate conservatives are over.
On Friday Senator Phil Gramm quit as an economic adviser of the McCain campaign over comments he said on July 9.
“You’ve heard of mental depression, this is a mental recession,” he said. “We may have a recession, we haven’t had one yet. We have sort of become a nation of whiners, you just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline.”
Not a cool thing to say when most of the nation is facing gas with prices ranging from four to five dollars a gallon, high food prices and a shrinking value of the dollar which has made many Americans plan a “staycation’ this summer while Europeans and others travel here to take advantage of the declining value of the American dollar.
McCain let it be known that he strongly disagreed with his economic adviser and joked that if he became president Gramm would best be suited as his ambassador to Belarus. Which may suit Gramm since the American dollar is still strong against the rouble.
It’s apparent that what worked for the Republican party eight years ago isn’t necessarily holding water with many people today. In the past two elections you had blue collar workers worrying about inheritance taxes and gay marriage, in one case putting the needs of the rich over their own and in another case inserting their beliefs into others personal lives. Contrary to the political spin, only a small percentage of people were really in danger of an inheritance tax, not the middle class, and already there are gay and lesbian Americans who already live as spouses, sharing households and creating families and withholding a legal partnership (which is what marriage is) from then isn’t going to stop them from living that way. But as this election looms ahead people are weighing whether to put gas in the car or food on the table (some can’t really do both) so the plight of others may not factor into their how they vote.
Gramm felt that he became a lightning rod for Democrats taking the focus off the real problems that America is facing right now. In playing economic adviser, if Gramm doesn’t really understand what the average American is facing then he needs to be taken off the McCain team.
I guess Pres. Bush just found another golf partner.