Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Want some cheese with that whine?

So I'm sure you've heard of McCain's advisor Gramm by now, and his "whiner" remarks. If not, I'll fill you in: (quotes taken from in the Houston Chronicle)

"Gramm attracted the attention when he told the Times: "You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession." He noted that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," Gramm said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said."

I agree with him. I think he hit it right on the head, and I'm sorry if they are offended by it. Hey, sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get moving, ya know what I mean?

But SuperObama stepped in, assuring people that their woes weren't all in their heads:

"It's not just a figment of your imagination," Obama said at a town-hall event focused on helping women advance economically. "Let's be clear. This economic downturn is not in your head."

"It isn't whining to ask government to step in and give families some relief," he said, drawing a standing ovation from the nearly 3,000 people in a high school gymnasium. "And I think it's time we had a president who doesn't deny our problems or blame the American people for them but takes responsibility and provides the leadership to solve them."

I like how he twisted the words. He is THE master of twisting words in his favor. A 'mental recession' doesn't mean that houses didn't get forclosed on. I think it more meant that people believing that Bush was to blame for all of it instead of taking responsibility for themselves was a 'mental recession'. Just like Boortz, Herman Cain and Clark Howard said during their meeting on the economy -there's a difference between a national recession and a personal one. We as a country are not in a recession, but many people are experiencing a personal recession.

Sure, people need a hand up from time to time, and things DO happen, but it IS whining when you don't do a darn thing for yourself, and always expect other people to bail you out for your bad choices. Guess what "gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!!" is? W-H-I-N-I-N-G.

Obama is right, we DO have a problem, but it's not with the economy or the government or Bush - we have a problem with people feeling entitled to things that they can't afford in the first place. When Obama's in office, it will no longer be quite as big of an accomplishment to have a college education or to own a house because he believes these are rights that everyone should be entitled to. And where will it end? Graduate school? Doctorates? Mansions? House boats? Vacation homes? It won't. Once you give people something, then they want more. People won't be happy with a college education, they'll want Doctorates handed to them. And a house won't be enough either, they'll want to be entitled to a vacation home too, afterall, it's not fair that some people can have them and they can't.

And why shouldn't we blame people for their foreclosures? They signed into an agreement that they couldn't afford in the first place, didn't bother to read the fine print or whatever and thought it was okay because they lending bank said it was okay. Granted, there were the people who thought they could afford it, but something happened and they lost their job. Okay, but how about having some back-up savings in case something like that happens? It's not the government's fault that they didn't plan ahead.

So Obama is going to solve people's problems for them by taking their money away from them and providing them with 'rights' that they should be entitled to. He must really think the U.S. is stupid and can't handle their own money, otherwise, why would he think it was best to take their money away from them? "Oh you can't handle being an adult, so give me your money and I'll tell you how is the best way to spend it". It astounds me that people would vote for a guy that insults their intelligence.

My Mom has a good idea - take out all of your money from the bank once Obama gets in and hide it under your mattress. Otherwise, we're not going to have any left. Now THAT would be something to whine about... but hopefully we will be pro-active enough now not to make that happen.

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