Phil Gramm, one of the three reasons I support McCain’s candidacy (This and this being the others), has stepped down from the campaign over his “nation of whiners” comment. So much for “Straight Talk”. We are a nation of whiners. We whine about $4/gal gas when most of the developed world pays nearly twice that (Italy: $8.07, Netherlands: $8.91, UK: $8.10). We whine about the cost of food yet throw out millions of pounds of it daily. We whine about the costs of medical care, yet we all have our flat screen HDTVs with HBO and Showtime. Never in the course of human history have a group of humans lived such a healthy and leisurely life style. Our water is clean and our food is safe. Instead of losing a third of our population to The Plague, our big health scare was 1200 out of 300 Million getting sick from Tomatoes. The average lower-middle class person today will live longer and more comfortably than a Roman Emperor or Medieval King.
Unfortunately with Phil Gramm gone, the major economic player in the McCain fold is Carly Fiorina. Carly exhibits a level of incompetence that rivals Michael “You’re doing a heckva job Brownie” Brown. Take a look at HP’s stock price while Carly was at the helm:
This is what HP has done under Carly’s successor, Mark Hurd:
In comparison, HP’s two chief rivals (DELL & IBM) lost about half their value in the dot-com crash, not 3/4 the value. Both began their recovery two years before HP fired Carly and began its recovery.
McCain has a lot to offer fiscal conservatives. Unlike the current so-called Republican in the White House, he as a record of opposing massive spending. Tom Delay gave the best endorsement of the primary season when he said: “John McCain has done more to undermine Republican leadership in Congress than anyone I know”. McCain is right on school choice, right on earmarks & spending, and has even come around on the issue of tax cuts. He was one of the few Republicans to oppose Bush’s massive entitlement expansion.
During this campaign, we’ve often said about Obama that “you are known by the company you keep”. That is just as true for Barack and Rev. Wright as it is for McCain and Carly. This party and more importantly this country will be better off with a Democrat in the White House than another 4 years of the same-old same-old Bush incompetence. Incompetence is all that Carly Fiorina brings to the table.