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July 14, 2008
Phil Gramm is Right:
Americans Whine in Tune with Democratic Songbook
Former Senator Phil Gramm got it right. Most of our economic woes are a
figment of our whiny imaginations.
And that’s exactly the imagination the mainstream media and the
Democratic leaders in Congress want you to have, because it feeds their
theme of Bush hate, and that everything is Bush’s and the Republicans’
The mainstream media and the Democrats in Congress have been trying to
talk the country into a recession ever since they won control of
Congress in 2006. In fact, the Democrats won on the backs of a slowing
economy and a necessary but unpopular war.
The Democrats promised a “new direction”. Well here it is!
They have whined about the economy being in a recession even though we
have not experienced one negative quarter of GDP growth since they have
had control. It takes two consecutive quarters of negative growth for
most economists to call it a recession. Since that has not happened, the
media and the Democrats have declared a psychological recession.
That fits the description of a figment of their whiny imaginations.
we started to approach $4 per gallon as the average price of gasoline,
the Democrats worked feverishly for someone to blame other than the
inaction of Congress. First, they tried to blame it on the rich oil
companies making too much money. Then they tried to blame it on the oil
company executives. OPEC was the next target of blame with a toothless
resolution to file a lawsuit against them. Then they tried to blame oil
None of these efforts have produced one ounce of substance, let alone
any solutions, just more whiny imaginations. But they have not stopped
Since the progress in Iraq has been undeniable by most reasonable
observers, and Iraq is no longer a major target of their whining and
blame game, Congressman Dennis Kucinich has restarted the “let’s impeach
President Bush” business for getting us into the war in the first place.
far his whiny impeachment tactic has not gotten much traction with the
mainstream media, because Jesse Jackson unintentionally grabbed the
am really not disappointed in the Democratic leaders in Congress. I
should have expected it based on their history. They have offered not
one solution to anything since getting elected on their “new direction”.
But I was disappointed that John McCain threw Sen. Gramm under the bus
for stating the truth. I had hopes that Gramm might be considered for a
cabinet position in a McCain administration, since Gramm has helped
McCain develop his economic proposals.
suppose McCain was trying to not offend the whiners who have been
victimized by the Democrats and mainstream media. McCain's campaign is
badly in need of some excitement, but trying to appease the whiners is
not the ticket, and it only encourages the whiners to whine even more.
The preamble to the Constitution establishes as one of government’s
roles to "promote the general welfare". It does not promise to "provide
for the general welfare".
The Department of Happy is not in the Constitution, so the whiners
should just stop whining.
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