This Isn't HelpfulI completely understand that when the economy is down, liberals tend to dramatically exaggerate the scale of the problem because they believe it benefits them politically. That reality, however, doesn't make former Senator Phil Gramm's remarks about America being "a nation of whiners" any less stupid:
Gramm stirred up controversy when he called the nation's economic malaise a "mental recession," then added, "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."
Now Gramm says he was "talking about our leaders, not our people:"
Former senator Phil Gramm -- under fire for saying the United States has "become a nation of whiners" -- said in an interview today that he meant the nation's leaders were whiners, not its citizens.
It would have been much better, then, if Gramm had said "we as a nation have whiny leaders." He did not, and no matter what he meant, one would really think that his years of political acumen would have shown him that there are just some things you don't say in public.