He’s been excoriated for his remarks and even McCain huffed and puffed and distanced himself, but Phil Gramm was right when he said it.
Gramm, who is now a McCain advisor, said Wednesday to the Washington Times that the U.S. is “a nation of whiners.” The WashTimes reported,
“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.
The U.S. is still the richest country in the world, and leaders cultivate in the population a pessimistic perspective so they can be the rescuers and fixers. Politicians love thinking of themselves as messiahs who save the people and take care of them.
And the people, apparently, love to have it so. Impatient, they want quick fixes to any discomfort they feel. Like Israel in the desert, they want more options. Like the Pharisees, they complain when leaders don’t act according to expectations — but keep voting them back into office. What they have is never good enough, they never have enough.
God judges harshly the complainer. Now is not a time of politics, but the hour for repentance.