2008年7月13日日曜日

マケイン経済顧問 「(米国は)弱虫の国」

フィリップ・グラムは「(米国は)弱虫の国」と言う。
マケインのフィル・グラム経済政策顧問がワシントン・タイムズ紙との
インタビューで、米景気について「心理的な不況」にすぎず、
米国は「われわれは不平や泣き言を口にする弱虫の国になってしまった」等
と発言。不況にあえぐ労働者層の反発を招きかねない発言で、経済問題が苦手
とされるマケインにとって新たな痛手とのこと。

共和党方針は金持ち優先だから、労働者層の環境に配慮することは無い。
選挙のためだけに配慮する。だから、「愚痴をこぼさず働け」と命令する。
経済問題が苦手と言われるだけあって、さすがに程度は低い。
次の規制改革書の内容が思いやられる。


Rachel Maddow slams Mccain adviser Phil Gramm whiner comment


McCain Responds to Phil Gramm Mental Recession Comments


Phil Gramm Derails McCain's Campaign Insulting Voters


---「心理的不況」と側近発言 マケイン氏、否定に懸命---
2008.7.12 09:43
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/080712/amr0807120943003-n1.htm

 米大統領選で共和党候補となるマケイン上院議員の経済政策顧問が米紙とのインタビューで、米景気について「心理的な不況」にすぎず、米国は「弱虫の国になった」などと発言、メディアも大きく取り上げ、マケイン氏は10日、緊急記者会見を開くなど弁明に追われた。
 不況にあえぐ労働者層の反発を招きかねない発言で、経済問題が苦手とされるマケイン氏にとって新たな痛手。民主党候補になるオバマ上院議員は早速、この発言を問題視して追及した。
 発言はマケイン陣営で経済政策を担当するフィル・グラム元上院議員がワシントン・タイムズ紙に語り、10日報じられた。グラム氏は、米景気はメディアが騒ぐほど悪い状態にはなく「心理的な不況といえる」などと指摘した上で「われわれは不平や泣き言を口にする弱虫の国になってしまった」などと嘆いた。(共同)


---「心理的不況」と側近発言 マケイン氏、否定に懸命---
2008年7月12日 09時39分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2008071201000177.html

 【ワシントン11日共同】米大統領選で共和党候補となるマケイン上院議員の経済政策顧問が米紙とのインタビューで、米景気について「心理的な不況」にすぎず、米国は「弱虫の国になった」などと発言、メディアも大きく取り上げ、マケイン氏は10日、緊急記者会見を開くなど弁明に追われた。
 不況にあえぐ労働者層の反発を招きかねない発言で、経済問題が苦手とされるマケイン氏にとって新たな痛手。民主党候補になるオバマ上院議員は早速、この発言を問題視して追及した。
 発言はマケイン陣営で経済政策を担当するフィル・グラム元上院議員がワシントン・タイムズ紙に語り、10日報じられた。グラム氏は、米景気はメディアが騒ぐほど悪い状態にはなく「心理的な不況と言える」などと指摘した上で「われわれは不平や泣き言を口にする弱虫の国になってしまった」などと嘆いた。
 マケイン氏は急きょ開いた記者会見で「グラム氏はわたしの気持ちを代弁していない」などと述べ、火消しに躍起となった。

---Obama mocks 'whiners' comments by McCain adviser---
Ralph Z. Hallow (Contact) and Donald Lambro (Contact)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/jul/10/mccain-camp-distances-itself-whiner-comments/

The McCain campaign distanced itself Thursday from a top adviser's remarks about America becoming "a nation of whiners." Rival Barack Obama ridiculed comments by former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, a top adviser and surrogate for the Republican senator's presidential bid, who told The Washington Times that the media has over-hyped the state of the nation's economic slowdown and created a "mental recession."

During a town hall in Fairfax, Va., Mr. Obama quoted Mr. Gramm extensively and mocked him, prompting the several thousand in the audience to snicker. "He named the U.S., and I quote, 'a nation of whiners.' Whoa," Mr. Obama said. "A nation of whiners?"

The presumptive Democratic nominee said it was as if Mr. Gramm meant, "It's a figment of your imagination, these high gas prices."

"This comes after Senator McCain recently admitted that his energy proposals for the gas tax holiday and drilling will have mainly psychological benefits," Mr. Obama continued as the audience laughed.

"America only has one Dr. Phil ," he said. "When it comes to the economy, we don't need another one. It's not just a figment of your imagination, it's not all in your head."

Top McCain adviser Mark Salter said Mr. Gramm's comments are not representative of Mr. McCain's views.

"McCain travels the country every day talking to American who are hurting, feeling pain at the pump and wondering how they will pay their mortgage," Mr. Salter said.

On Wednesday, Mr. Gramm told editors and reporters at The Washington Times that the news media's reporting on the economic slowdown was wildly exaggerated. The country was not in a recession yet, he said, or in a depression, because it was still growing, albeit more slowly, and unemployment remained relatively low at 5.5 percent.

"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said of polls showing that most Americans were deeply pessimistic about the economy.

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about the loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a boom in U.S. exports and continued growth.


---McCain adviser talks of 'mental recession'---
Patrice Hill (Contact)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/jul/09/mccain-adviser-addresses-mental-recession/

With the economy on the top of voters' minds, Republican presidential candidate John McCain's top economic adviser said the Arizona senator will lay down a detailed program to revive dynamic growth with dramatic tax and spending reforms.

In an interview with the Washington Times, Phil Gramm, a former Texas senator who is now vice chairman of UBS, the giant Swiss bank, said he expects Mr. McCain to inherit a sluggish economy if he wins the presidency, weighed down above all by the conviction of many Americans that economic conditions are the worst in two or three decades and that America is in decline.

"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting 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," he 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.

"We've never been more dominant; we've never had more natural advantages than we have today," he said. "We have benefited greatly" from the globalization of the economy in the last 30 years.

Mr. Gramm said the constant drubbing of the media on the economy's problems is one reason people have lost confidence. Various surveys show that consumer confidence has fallen precipitously this year to the lowest levels in two to three decades, with most analysts attributing that to record high gasoline prices over $4 a gallon and big drops in the value of homes, which are consumers' biggest assets.

"Misery sells newspapers," Mr. Gramm said. "Thank God the economy is not as bad as you read in the newspaper every day."

Mr. McCain's economic program will seek to enliven growth by enabling taxpayers to opt into a new, simplified tax system with two low rates of 10 percent and 25 percent and no itemized deductions, he said.

Mr. McCain would tackle intransigent budget deficits by wrestling down burgeoning benefits programs and aggressively attacking wasteful spending whether it's in the Pentagon's procurement and weapons budget or congressional pork-barrel bills, he said.

A proven "instrument" of bipartisan reform and change in many areas, Mr. McCain would seek out Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to fashion a bipartisan reform of Social Security.

Mr. Gramm said a bipartisan deal might include raising the retirement age to 70 over 30 years, indexing the benefits of wealthier retirees to inflation rather than the more generous wage rate, and creating a private account program for younger workers.

Mr. McCain, a Republican with a proven record of voting for spending cuts, will renew efforts to balance the budget through spending reforms, he said. "It will be popular with the public but hated in Washington."

Mr. McCain also will pursue immigration reforms that would start with effective border enforcement but include a possible doubling of legal immigration, including no limits on scientific and technical workers and a generous sized guest worker program, he said.

"The American story is a story of immigration," he said. "I would be the last person who would say immigrants are not important to America." Mr. Gramm noted that Albert Einstein was one prominent immigrant who might have been excluded under an anti-immigration regime.

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