The folloqwing article was excellent. It places in perspective the actual "whining" that is being portrayed by those in the GOP who always tend to place the shoe on the other foot, when in reality, the "whining" is being done by "Foreclosure Phil," the epitome of whining in The United States. This Op-Ed debunks Phil Gramm's statement that the US is a country of "whiners" and places in perspective who is really doing the whining and why. I wish I could publish the entire article, but it's good enough to follow the link to understand why Gramm is attempting to make ordinary people seem like sniveling ingrates:
Yes, There Has Been A Whole Lot of Whining Going On
July 13, 2008
By Joe Rothstein, Editor
Former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm is on to something when he says a lot of Americans are whiners. I've noticed a lot of whining going on lately myself.
About the time Gramm gave his whining interview, health insurance companies were whining loudly about the prospect of losing some of their Medicare subsidies. Without those subsidies the private companies claim they can't compete as well as an alternative to Medicare. Poor babies.
And, of course, many banks and Wall Street firms that gambled other people's money on risky mortgage investments have been whining for some time now that the government needs to bail them out. In the biggest display of chutzpah so far. Bear Stearns shareholders, confronted with losing everything even whined that the size of their bailout wasn't large enough. Our heart goes out to them.
Boeing did a lot of whining over losing that big Air Force tanker contract to Northrop. Hedge fund managers, many of whom earned hundreds of millions of dollars last year, sent up a virtual Greek chorus when faced with the prospect of having to pay the same rate of taxes on their income as the rest of us. Bring along many tissues to wipe your eyes over that sob story. MUCH MORE, Another must-read article!.
This is a long Op-Ed, and it goes to the core of the situation that is bombarding America. One other quote is worth mentioning, but it's one of many that debunk everything that Phil Graham stated, and the Op-Ed is a treasure trove of GOP malfeasance and their utter contempt for the American public:
All this while family income for most Americans have remained stagnant, more Americans than ever go without health insurance, the nation's infrastructure is showing severe cracks of neglect and the rising cost of education makes it less accessible.
We're paying ridiculous gas and food prices, all courtesy of President Bush allowing Corporate America to rape and plunder our economy - which in my opinion, is an act act of treason. Americans try to understand why Present Bush is allowing the "Corapacy" to destroy our economy, and Congress still enables his criminal administration, too cowed and frightened to uphold their duty to impeach those who have perpetrated crimes and misdemeanors against the American people and the global economy.
We know for a fact there is no oil shortage, that our gas prices and the price of oil are due to Wall Street speculators. Food prices are soaring because of a flawed biofuel program and fuel costs, and no one wins except those who own the corporations that are wrecking havoc on our country. We are heading into another war, one that will decimate a fragile economy, and Congress does nothing to stop a criminal and despot that is bound and determined to destroy what's left of our fragile economy. Yes, people are expressing their concern, and I suppose it could be called "whining", but with Congress refusing to represent the people of the United States, what is left for us to do?
Phil Gramm is representing the "Corapacy" Aand not the people, as he has done throughout his tenure in the Senate, and now as John McCain's financial advisor. Is there a solution to these people that are bound and determined to bankrupt America so they can enhance their own finances - or are we stuck with money-grubbing individuals that seek to destroy the American dream - something they once believed in themselves?
If Phil Gramm represents John McCain's financial beliefs, then it's a no-brainer that everyone in these United States must ensure that he doesn't get elected, because we know he is a warmonger, and with Gramm's financial policies, the US will quickly fall into third-world status and only the extremely wealthy will enjoy "the American Dream," hijacked by fascists and thieves who plunder and steal under the guise of patriotism.