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Gramm Quits McCain Campaign

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Posted on Jul 18, 2008
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“Mental” fallout: Phil Gramm, shown here at John McCain’s right, made the recession remark in a Washington Times interview earlier this month.

The backlash following Phil Gramm’s comments about the “mental recession” he believed Americans were bringing upon themselves through negative thinking has evidently caused the former Texas senator to leave his position as a top adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign. Gramm announced late Friday afternoon that he exiting from Team McCain’s inner circle.


The Washington Post:

Phil Gramm, a top adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, is resigning from the role as campaign co-chairman after his comments that the United States had become a “nation of whiners” who constantly complain about the state of the economy.

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By cyrena, July 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Nrobi writes: (and I was about to)

•  “…Have no doubt, that former Sen. Phil Gramm, will be among the more active and able participants of the McCain campaign. Although, now it will be behind the scenes and under cover of Darkness.  Just like the rest of the Neo-Con cabal that elected the shrub and Darth Vader….”

This is a repeat of Hillary’s guy when he supposedly ‘retired’ from the campaign after doing his personal corporate business with the Columbians, on a deal that Hillary ‘allegedly’ disapproved. (She only disapproved while campaigning). I can’t even remember the dudes’ name, but it doesn’t matter. You all know who I’m talking about. The one that basically ran the entire campaign for her. He ‘retired’ but didn’t go anywhere. Well, he retreated from visible space.

Louise, thanks for the link to Moyers and the suggestion about the row houses. Yeah, I think they need to actually earn their salaries. Imagine that.

And I emphatically agree that it is NOT ‘we the people’ who are responsible for this mess. This ‘mess’ is actually a long planned HEIST - CRIMINAL THEFT of the largest magnitude, to rip us off.

Of that, I am convinced.

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By webbedouin, July 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

I would like to nominate Phil Gramm for Poster Boy of Mental Recession Awareness.

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By ripley, July 19, 2008 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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I think Gramm is leaving to produce more porn - or to spend more time watching it.

Odd that the party that screams about being all for ‘Family Values ’ and is a close friend of McCains should be an investor of a failed porn movie . $ 15,000. in a movie called ‘Truck Stop Women’ including   portraying a naked Nixon. ( that is way sick !)

not to mention his ties to Enron.


yeah - and they say libs have no family values ? lmao.

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By RickinSF, July 19, 2008 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

“Phil Gramm would lie on credit even when he could tell the truth for free.”


I don’t remember who said that, but it describes Phil better than anything else.

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By Louise, July 19, 2008 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Last night on Bill Moyers Journal:

BILL MOYERS: “Do you think Washington really knows what’s going on?”

WILLIAM GREIDER: “The short answer is, no, - it’s a very nice life in Washington. You get used to certain protective qualities.”

” - Who understands - where we are? The guys in Washington? The politicians and their governing policy advisors? Or the dimwitted public? I would say the public.”

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The people aren’t dumb, or uninformed. The politicians are!

No one could see the end result of Gramms sneaking around in the dark. But what about when they made “usery” legal back in the eighties? No one could see the end result of that either. I suggest, had the citizens been informed of what the politicians were doing they could have. That’s not the problem. The problem is, our elected officials cant!

When the drug and insurance industries lobbied to take over the medical industry, those who knew this was happening screamed in protest. That so many didn’t is the direct result of our elected officials inability to understand what they were doing!

We could list atrocity after atrocity that has come as a result of elected officials stupidity. Go back as far as you can remember and start a list. I challenge anyone to prove WE THE PEOPLE created these messes! We didn’t! THEY DID!

So what’s the solution? Well for starters we need laws providing housing for congress when they’re in D.C.

Think about it.

We build a few hundred “congressional” row houses. Provide absolute minimum housing that gives the residents safe shelter but no excess luxury.

They each have to pay for the housing, and provide any service needed. They each will be required by law to live there while working, and leave when not. If they want to entertain, they’ll have to invite their co-conspirators home for a weekend.

Inflated housing in DC will drop back into the reality zone. People will run for office because they want to serve, not because they want to move into the exclusive bubble. And we’ll have the opportunity to corner our elected officials at home, on a regular basis.

Today they live in relative luxury. They go home only when they have to. They stay where the party is! The fun bubble they live in leads to the whacky ideas they come up with. They never think ahead to the consequence’

Nothing blinds people to reality quicker than excess wealth. When one moves constantly in those circles, one begins to forget there is a world beyond the bubble. If the comfort they enjoy away from home becomes too comfortable, they come home less and less.

These folks have really bad work habits. They must schedule their time better. No more empty chambers, or opening and closing the chamber with more regularity than going potty. They must show up in the morning and work till the end of the day.

Except for the occasional hearing, they should be on the floor doing the business they were elected to do. Lump together all the time they aren’t there, apply that time to floor time, and they could get most of what they need to do, done, in half the time!

If lobbyests want to entertain them, they’ll have to travel to their home district. The local press will cover everything, cause they don’t have to provide 24/7 entertainment/news, like the big guys.

Being elected to work [and live] in Washington D.C. has just become to comfortable, to much fun, to many perks and not enough accountability.

***

BILL MOYERS: Both parties have been complicit in tipping the balance of power to capital, right?

WILLIAM GREIDER: I’m afraid so. - if you go back over the last 20-25 years, it was always portrayed as a cause of conservative Republicans - But I think a majority of the Democrats were in collusion virtually every step of the way, and sometimes they led the way.”

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07182008/transcript4.html

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By bat guano, July 19, 2008 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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If I could borrow all the money I wanted from China, like our government does, I wouldn’t be in a mental recession either.

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By nrobi, July 19, 2008 at 6:29 am Link to this comment

Noting the nature of the offense, Dr. Phil Gramm, is among the most obscene of the Neo-Cons to open their mouths and insert their foots.  Have no doubt, that former Sen. Phil Gramm, will be among the more active and able participants of the McCain campaign. Although, now it will be behind the scenes and under cover of Darkness.  Just like the rest of the Neo-Con cabal that elected the shrub and Darth Vader.
I find it appalling that he even tried to back-pedal on his statement, when clearly the words were chosen carefully and stated without equivocation.  Sen. Gramm, was and is one of the most vocal proponents of the rights of the extremely wealthy to keep all their money, without taxes, and the others of our country to subsidize the rich with all of the welfare possible.  Mr. Gramm, has been one of the leading proponents of the current crisis in the banking industry, that of the sub-crime sub-prime loan scandal which is about to ruin the economy of our great nation.
Then, Mr. Gramm, has the cojones, to stand up and say that Americans are a nation of whiners and that we should look on the bright side of the street and see that the economy has never been better and that the foreclosures of middle and lower income housing are nothing more than a blip in the market.
Should we believe the word of a avowed Neo-Con, who during his tenure in the Senate voted overwhelmingly for corporate welfare, i.e., tax breaks for the wealthiest in the nation, for tax breaks for companies that have outsourced our jobs, and for the rights of the wealthiest in our nation to keep everything they make without regard to the greater good and without so much as a protest of helping the disabled and poorest in our nation? Should I take the words of a man such as this at face value?  I propose that if done your mind is clearly self-deceptive and need therapy of the highest order to hear the true nature of the words of the Neo-Cons.  Not even GHW Bush, was this bad, the shrub on the other hand has surrounded himself and Mr. McCain has surrounded himself with the worst kind of person. One’s who are clearly deceptive and worse than that, showing their true colors in that they cannot for the life of them, talk about the people of our country without disparaging the middle and lower income classes.  The backbone of our economy is not the middle and working classes of this country anymore, but the jobs have been outsourced to India and China, those countries without protection for their workers and without the constraints of our laws, and our unions.
Nowhere is this more than evident than in industries where the worker was unionized and protected, with pensions and health benefits after retirement. Steel, auto manufacturing, almost all manual labour jobs, and those industries where the worker was forced by dint of overwork and underpay to protect himself through collective bargaining and collective power.
Now the unions are but a whimper of what they once were, there are no more of the powerful unions that once stood up for the rights of the worker, the union heads are now in cahoots with the owners of the companies to lessen the rights of the worker, decrease the health and pension benefits of the worker, all the while the union bosses are reaping the benefits of selling out their members, given that they have a mere fraction of the power that they once did.
This has happened because of people like Mr. Gramm, Mr. McCain, and others of the ilk, who would like nothing better than to see the good ol’ days of wage slavery, workers having to work for mere pittances of the salaries of their fathers, the union members, and clear and obscene profits, that are outrageous in their taking, because of confiscatory taxes on the worker, while leaving the wealthiest of our nation to enjoy the benefits of the hard work of others.

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By troublesum, July 19, 2008 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

Now, if the two candidates themselves would follow the lead of their surrogates and get out of the campaign…

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By skulz fontaine, July 19, 2008 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

Ah those pesky Bushistas. McLunatic and his pet Mini-Mac Joe, Dr. Phil ‘whiny’ Gramm, and gosh it’s just Bushistas in subtle shades of treason. The fascists will never relent from their rape of Amerika. Dr. Phil likes that rape motif. Yes he does. So does McLunatic and his pet. Rape and war profiteering and Phil Gramm is going bye bye. Bye bye Dr. Phil! For the love what little is left holy in Amerika, please sit down and be quiet.
And as we drift just a mite off topic, is the good Rev. Jesse suffering a case of “self-loathing Negroism?” Wow, talk about pot…kettle…get it? Sorry, it was begging to be said. And how about Justin Raimondo calling Barack Obama the “mulatto messiah.”
Amerika it would seem, is a house so divided it simply can’t stand…itself!

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By Purple Girl, July 19, 2008 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

Mac has been given every Criminal in Cheney’s arsenal. This ‘announcement’ is just another lie,Phil will be working the scam back in the Shadows with the rest of Cheney’s minions. In fact this was probably planned so he could head the 527 attacks.
The media once again has focused on the BS reason for his departure, but has failed to repeatedly point out his connection to the undermining of Our country’s economy for decades!

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