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Lipstick On His Collar!

The Republican contenders for the White House, masquerading as “Mavericks” need to be assessed warts and all. This is not CNN.

From “Quotes of the day”

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election. – Bill Vaughan.

Where to begin?

The campaign for the election of the President of the United States this year couldn’t  provide more of a contrast when compared with the usual jousts between competing candidates. You know what I am referrring to. The quadrennial bunfights for a bed in the White House fought in the public arena by competing millions of negative ad dollars which ho hum the  international community, while elevating and salivating to fever pitch half of the people who are registered and franchised, the half that is, who bother to vote. But not this time, not in this historic contest, this time things are different, this time the eyes of the world are fixed squarely on the star spangled banner and its fortunes. The stakes for everyone, including allies of the United States, have never been higher.

Domestic Terrorism

This time the Republican contenders for the White House, masquerading as “Mavericks?” need to be assessed fearlessly and factually.  From the outset John McCain has attempted to intimidate the mainstream media, and has enjoyed some success. His refusal to go on “Larry King Live” two weeks ago, had a flow on effect which resulted in cowering MSNBC to such a degree they demoted two prime time TV hosts in response to McCain’s demand. However the publicity playing field is gradually changing. At present a reported 67 % of all Americans are turning to bloggers for more reliable information and comment. With many of the decisions from the White House impacting on countries other than the US and not always positively, it should come as no surprise when foreigners express the need to comment or challenge the raison d’etre of American policy as it relates to their particular part of the world.

With that in mind and the job of winning the election for Barack Obama, with only 53 days  remaining until November 4th, it is time to take the gloves off concerning the dangers for America presented by the McCain + Palin ticket.


It is no exaggeration to suggest that the outcome of this election could decide America’s future well into the first half of the 21st century and beyond. Presently it feels like 53 days to armhageddon due to the torrent of McCain + Palin lies and smear sluicing out of an endless, defamatory muck pile in lieu of actual Republican issue positions. If in fact they have any at all. We should note that all “approved by John McCain” advertisements and campaign strategies are the brainchild of the notorious, still at large Bush cohort, Karl Rove. Rove, a paid political thug now employed part time by mainstream media as a political consultant. Birds of a feather? In America it seems ( very sick) that no matter who you are, or what you do, if you have some level of public name recognition you are a “Celebrity”. There are no exceptions, but there are classes. Repentant serial killers who claim to have found God are popular. They get book offers as well. Former Mafia assassins, with the proviso they are not carrying, when interviewed, Drug addiction survivors who say they aren’t into wholesale and Obese people who shrink from elephant size to wafers on TV in10 days also qualify. Everyone it seems is after that elusive 15 mins.

The Company McCain Keeps

Karl Rove desperately needs his candidate the”Maverick”McCain to take the White House. As a former Chief of Staff, (chief henchman) to George W Bush, Karl the horrible, realises his days would be numbered without his pal W’s, protection or possible pardon. Deep in the labyrinths of his devious political persona Rove fears the real possibility of a one star rated jail cell which patiently awaits him. All the more likely once the rule of law is again respected, dutifully administered and applied by a new Attorney General in an Obama administration. That you can bet on. When that happy day arrives I would enjoy seeing people like Rove forced to pay a monthly incarceration fee (asset assessed, of course) to cover the public cost of being jailed and fed. It’s a good thing I am not a member of the Judiciary. Hang em high! Clint Eastwood would.

An Honourable Effort

After witnessing eight years of Republican terror it never ceases to amaze that many voters in the US still seem blind to the fact that their country has been the victim of a  treasonous political attack. In some ways I suppose it is easy to understand. Party loyalty, like love, can be blind. And as the famous American Dale Carnegie wrote and taught so successfully during the 1930’s,”A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still”. Which in my opinion is why political canvassing in parts of still KKK America, yes they still exist, is a most unfunny way to spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon. These Obama volunteers deserve, if only one existed, the political equivalent of the Medal of Honour. Perhaps if Barack makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – Who knows? He might dish a few out in the Rose garden.

We are not going to let it Happen

I’ve often wondered if people really knew what some of their elected Republican representatives got up to with corrupt deals, would they reconsider often long held views about supporting them. I have an awful feeling the answer in many cases would still be no. The old story of it’s my party, right or wrong examples another strong reason why it is absolutely imperative for Barack Obama win the White House. His incumbency would herald the end of the Republican’s reign of terror and end once and for all the idea endorsed by McCain that going to war is the first option. McCain’s attitude and approach would signal the beginning of the end of America as a superpower and destroy what is left of US credibility around the world. Instantly it would become a less safe and secure place. Of that, there is absolutely no question.

Executive Treason

The seeds of emerging treason were sown with the election to the Presidency of a basically unknown political quantity in Governor Bush of Texas and his secretive crony Dick Cheney in 2000. An incumbency which in only two terms has been more damaging to the United States than the horror of 9/11. Bush and cohorts  have ripped the heart and soul out of America, made the US an international pariah in many parts of the world and  sent more than 4000 young Americans to early graves in the process of slaughtering in the name of so called democracy, more than one million Iraqi men, women and children  since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Approval for which, was given as a result of George W Bush lying to Congress and later to the rest of the world at the UN.

Impeachment would be too good for Bush. To add insult to injury some of Bush and McCain’s Republican friends have lined their pockets in the process. Where was John McCain while this was happening? He was in it right in it up to his neck, acting his macho part and supporting the butcher, George Bush, all the way the way to Baghdad.

Barack Obama was not so easily fooled

Senator Obama’s was the barely heard voice of reason, speaking out against an unnecessary war and its unknown costs and consequences. Yet it was apparent that after 9/11 people wanted blood, and in an understandably bitter climate, selling vengeance against a muslim country (a country with a lot of oil wells and a dictator in charge) was a no brainer for Bush. (pardon the pun). Two years ago he admitted on the Oprah show that he knew there were no WMD’s  in Iraq and that he had lied “to rid the world of the dictator Saddam Hussein?”. John McCain voted for the war.

In fifty three days on November 4th 2008, America risks the frightening prospect of seeing  the unqualified, academically challenged, age challenged, knowledge challenged, work ethic challenged, temperament challenged, ego inflated, disingenuous, warmongering, reckless, Republican, John McCain elected as President. A notorious hothead McCain has a reputation for having a roving eye and a foul mouth. This man is even more dangerous than George W Bush. Anyone who acted as McCain did and voted for Bush’s ideas 90% of the time, needs to be certified. Had Bush proposed using part of America’s massive stockpile of atomic weapons, on Iraq, North Korea, Syria or Iran, McCain would have given him 100% support. Such action would trigger the beginnings of a nuclear armhageddon. What can one do to avoid that? The answer is clear. Vote 1 Obama on November 4, and tell your neighborhood to do the same for their family and their country.

The Enemy Within

Unlike the attack of 9/11 the next bout of treachery within America’s borders may not originate from foreign activity. If it does come it will be executed by the enemy within. The enemy is recognised, it has a name and it has a face. If elected it will be the face of President John McCain. His plan to gain the White House for his corporate masters is designed to maintain the Republican Party’s hold on the Presidency and the Vice Presidency, through McCain and a much younger Sarah Palin acting as the legislative agents of corporate America and the country’s gigantic military industrial complex. The prospect of more wars being an absolute economic necessity to continue generating profit for these groups. Eisenhower warned of this emerging threat to American democracy during his Presidency. It is no accident that his highly respected daughter Susan Eisenhower, a Republican all her life, has left the Party and become an Independent voter supporting and campaigning for Barack Obama.

The Real McCain 3 min 18 secs

John McCain. A man who built a career promulgated by a POW experience and an image reinvention as needs required, with the help of his father’s naval rank and his father- in law’s wealth. The classic prodigal son, McCain is now exposed as a man of little principle and a serial liar. In public he wraps himself in the flag and carries the pretense of being a devout christian while his personal behavior is completely at odds with his contrived public image. There is nothing new or original about these con artists is there? “Now hear this John McCain” The rose colored glasses are off now. More and more people including former friends now see you for what you really  are. And it ain’t a pretty sight.

John McCain in the campaign MSNBC 6 mins

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin, a former small town mayor and Governor of Alaska for 18 months. Wow! Sarah is McCain’s running mate in training wheels, an agent of distraction in his arrogant, smoke and mirrors attempt to lie and con his way to the White House. Ms Palin is virtually unknown to the American people, the media, the national political scene or to just about anyone outside of the state of Alaska. One thing we do know is that Alaska’s Polar bears and wolves definitely wouldn’t vote for her. Her plan is to learn how to be the President in waiting in only 53 days. She’s not worried she says. McCain met with her just twice before he selected her as his running mate. She had not been vetted thoroughly before the announcement. It appears she is ambitious, nothing wrong with that, providing it is healthily founded. She is tough, she has extreme, extending to nut case views about matters involving religion, the cause of global warming, sex education in schools and she wants to overturn Roe Vs Wade. She also engages in slaughtering wild life for sport, not food and she supports McCain’s policy of drill, drill ,drill for oil in the wildlife reserves of Alaska and offshore. If John McCain is elected and dies in office, this cunning, unqualified mooseburger loving woman could become President of the United States and yet she is a virtual stranger. They don’t write novels with plots as ridiculous as this.

How could this happen?

Justices of the Supreme Court, Department Secretaries, Heads of Agencies such as Homeland Security, the CIA and the FBI have to face extensive background vetting and examination by agencies and Senate select committees prior to surviving a majority vote of 60% in the Senate to have their appointment confirmed. How could someone like Palin get potentially within a heartbeat of the Presidency simply on the the say so of an old man with a roving eye. This is all wrong. And dangerously wrong at that. Clearly Palin is a person who knows how to use feminine charm for personal gain. A renowned playboy McCain at 72 would be a groveling fool around her. The signs are already there. Hurried media inquiries in Alaska over the past two weeks reveal that Palin has a track record of intimidation, vindictive behaviour, of telling lies about public matters and of buying loyalty. All the hallmarks of a classic right wing extremist. If she makes it to Washington, look out!

Who will guard and protect America

Aided and abetted by Bush & Cheney, the original architects of the current state of affairs, McCain and Palin represent the clear and present danger best described in Tom Clancy’s works of fiction. The critical difference being, this is fact. The danger is real. America has bred it’s own dogs of war. In 2001 the first of these barbarians entered the gates of the Capitol through the arrival of Bush & Cheney. After ravishing the US over the past eight years, their anointed Republican successors McCain & Palin are readying to storm the barricades again to attack America’s Laws, the Constitution and its ways of  governing. Only Barack Obama and Joe Biden stand in their way, hopefully supported by you – the American voter. Will you cast your vote if it means saving your country? Will you work like never before to register new voters to support the Obama + Biden ticket?

Lipstick on your Collar * Connie Francis * 2 min 16 secs

Let’s go and win this thing!

On behalf of Obama supporters around the world who by law are ineligible to vote or donate, we can but hope and offer just three wonderful words of support. Yes you can!

Go Obama for President / Yes we can!



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  1. I think we need more of this: “After ravishing the US over the past eight years, their anointed Republican successors McCain & Palin are readying to storm the barricades again to attack America’s Laws, the Constitution and its ways of governing. Only Barack Obama and Joe Biden stand in their way, hopefully supported by you – the American voter. Will you cast your vote if it means saving your country? Will you work like never before to register new voters to support the Obama + Biden ticket? ” we need big headlines that warn the nation of the consequences of their votes. Extrapolate the McCain/Palin effect for 8 years. Give us a story about what the world will look like with them at the lead!

    Posted by jeannie scown | September 13, 2008, 2:21 am
  2. Send this to everybody you know!!! the youtubes are excellent archival documents of lies, incompetence, bad politicians, and bad people.

    Posted by dayna Navaro | September 13, 2008, 9:23 am
  3. I have been a Dem since FDR–I could not agree with you more John-I do not believe I have seen such a critical election–good article John, keep writing we need your voice–Virginia Johnston–Gainesville, FL

    Posted by Virginia Johnston | September 13, 2008, 8:05 pm
  4. Ah! John! You’ve done it again!

    It is time all the major media networks called you in & let you loose. What a vision…

    YES WE CAN (& no I can’t vote either!)


    Posted by Helen South | September 13, 2008, 10:38 pm
  5. Great article John! Thank you thank you thank you! Now our job is to pass it along, educate others, and hope that they will read beyond what they see on the mainstream media

    Posted by Nina | September 14, 2008, 2:25 am
  6. Maybe this country should consider changing its name to United Stupids of America if once again we’re in a position where the entire world hates us because of the adminisrative stupidity of a few. I can not understand why, other than ignorance, the reason this intelligent black man could not be elected president. Are the republicans voting for McCain solely because they want to be true to the party? He is nothing more than four more years of stupid leadership by a person who is out of touch with reality. People who vote for him deserve misery for their children and relations who are dying for a war created by a power hungry dictator want to be. Thanks for democracy.

    Posted by je | September 14, 2008, 6:02 am
  7. I love the article, Obama should use the video’s of McCain own words during his campaign and also have large pictures of
    McCain / Bush along with foreclosure signs to remind people of the truth on the economy. I am a strong democrat and believe in change for the future of America. I am actively involved in Obama 4 change. Please continue to send emails to educate us about Republicains.

    Posted by LISA ROUMAIN | September 14, 2008, 9:11 am
  8. Hi John!!

    I’m a woman for Barack/Biden and CHANGE and YES, WE CAN; I’m so sorry I can’t vote, but anyway I can help. Since this campaign started I’ve been very disappointed and concerned, listening to all our candidates (including Hillary) that McCain is a very good guy, he’s a hero, a good friend, over and over again; My question is, why do they do that?; they want to show like a kindness? Do they really believe McCain is a hero? a good friend etc etc? I really don’t.

    To go to overseas countries with the mission to invade, make wars and kill the poor and innocent people doesn’t make you a hero. If you were inprisioned for 6 years for bombing cities, it doesn’t make you a hero either. I guess we don’t understand the meaning of being a hero. I’m noticing that our candidates are giving to many points to McCain that he doesn’t deserve.
    He can be a very old man, but it doesn’t make him wise. He doesn’t have any piece of good judgment, and he isn’t thankful; you can’t count one time, that he has said something about Obama, how smart , intelligent, skillful and good a person Obama is; or at least his very loyal friend Biden. By the way – I found Biden’s words sayng that Hillary could be a better pick than him; to be unacceptable.This kind of humble politics could hurt the campaign.

    Another question, I have in my mind since that base has been manipulated with the philosophical – religious concept of being PRO-LIFE or PRO-CHOICE. I do respect people (whatever their motive is) that do not accept abortion, they are PRO-LIFE, OK; but if these people like Maccain or Maccsame or better Maccworse& Palin are so PRO-life, I see as a very big contradiction that they on the other hand, do not respect other’s lives, sending troops to invade Iraq -as God’s command?- to kill and to be killed; These lives are not worthy on the list of PRO-life? Do you understand that? but our candidates they are not saying anything about this question.

    I know and I’m pretty sure McCain’s vp. pick was only to get women confused, and he didn’t care about Palin’s qualifications. She is for me a DICK CHENEY WITH LIPSTICK ; She pretends – only pretends – that she knows about foreign policy, and about every thing she has been asked. She doesn’t know anything but how to lie, pretend and spread smears ;by the way, did she go any time to college, or university? But to be an america president, seems not to require too much. If you are an actor, or cowboy, or crazy mother of five, it qualifies much better, than being high educated, wise, and young.


    Posted by Piedad Sanchez | September 14, 2008, 10:14 am
  9. I can’t agree with you more john. I haven’t been so mad ever or wanted to migrate to a foreign country until now and I’m a 60 year old disabled veteran white woman who also served my country at a horrible time for women in the 70’s. In NW Florida we no longer have free press, the VA healthcare for women is abysmal, forget benefits, social security won’t pay the bills and the TV news lies daily along with our local papers.

    I’m ashamed to call John McCain a veteran because my conditions were similar to his POW experience and I know I can’t run for office. Where is John McCain’s psychiatric release papers?

    I have never been so ashamed at being American or a woman in America. Have women stopped all logic or rational thought that they clamor to the Sarah Palin’s? We will see if our women know anything about their own fight for freedom that NOW distorted in recent years to our shame. Maybe women don’t take responsibility anymore. I feel like I fell into Alice in the Looking glass.

    If the past shenanigans happen this election I’m out of Florida, (got my vote lost twice under Brother Bush where the post office became a big absentee ballot loser.). Now the press is hyping the Texas losses to the hurricane and we get worse tropical storms but there was a news blackout in our hour of need. And don’t get me started on why there is no gas in our area at all today except for shell oil. Am I paranoid or is someone out to get us?

    Posted by Diane Chamberlain | September 14, 2008, 12:51 pm
  10. Posted by Diane Chamberlain | September 14, 2008, 12:52 pm
  11. My Response to “Values Voter Summit”
    of the Family Research Council
    On C-SPAN2, 9/12/08

    For Senator Joe Biden & Senator Barack Obama Presidential Campaign:

    The moral high ground belongs to Barack Obama, it is time to lift it from the lying deceiver’s & place it where it belongs.

    National health insurance, improving education, & fighting poverty represent real pro life & right to life. It is time to take away Sarah Palin’s false pro-life and right to life, cultural identity campaign.

    It is time to take away Sarah Palin’s false pro-life and right to life, cultural identity.

    They specifically stated that it is a struggle of worldviews. Therefore, when it comes to pro-life and right to life, let us look at the worldview of invading & occupying sovereign defenseless foreign countries that are not an immediate direct threat to American.

    Not only did the Republican executive branch of government with the support of John McCain and the verbal support now of Sarah Palin support aggressive military interventions in all Mideast Muslim countries. McCain chant on video: “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”

    In addition to destroying the country’s infrastructure, bombs and missiles were armed with depleted uranium, which contaminates the human body and causes cancer and genetic defects that cause birth defects that are beyond imagination. Depleted uranium has a half-life of 4½ billion years; this is equivalent to genetic genocide.

    Christians, look at what Jesus says concerning how you are to deal with your enemies and so-called evil; “overcome evil with good.” We cannot use evil tools, means or methods to overcome evil, because we will only multiply exponentially evil.

    Modern weaponry of mass destruction has extremely limited applications because in nearly every situation where it is used it will be causing death and destruction and will be multiplying evil. The overturning of Roe V. Wade, while still following the foreign-policy strategies of McCain and Palin would be the worst possible vote from a world & American viewpoint for pro-life and right to life for all sacred human lives here on Earth.

    We need these pro-life and right to life changes now, and Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the only two candidates that have the wisdom to make those changes in the near future for America.

    All this talk about Sarah Palin and her cultural identity-marketing prowess by the Conservative Right & the Evangelical’s is nothing but the packaging and creation of false perceptions.

    We must have righteous intentions toward all human beings in every country throughout our world. We must think, speak and act in accordance with righteous and just principles because those resources can defeat injustice, defeat hatred that it spawns, and the death destruction in poverty that is the result of not following the principles.

    A lot of the problems with other countries happen because they are fearful that United States may attack them, it was true of the Soviet Union after World War II is true of air ran and other countries today. Those countries have no defense against our elected leaders who can destroy them, their country, & their future; therefore, we must stand up and say, ENOUGH!

    If you want a future for your children and their descendants in America, you will be pro-life and right to life for every human being on planet Earth.

    The Bush Doctrine bypasses all laws & allows a president of the United States to conduct any military action they want to, for nearly any nefarious excuse. (Google the Bush Doctrine)

    Senator Joe Biden and Senator Barack Obama are the true America & worldwide pro-life and right to life candidates, both for the living as well as for those who are yet to be born.

    Wisdom Principled Empowerment Communications
    Darrell Udelhoven

    Posted by Darrell Udelhoven | September 14, 2008, 10:51 pm
  12. We need more people like you John, we need more democrats to come out and stick for Senator Barrack Obama against the vicious lies and attack from John McCain/Sara Palin gang. I really wonder how do they come about with the polls shown an ABC station during ” meet the press” with John McCain leading in most of the polls.This is scary. Are the American people so stupid? Is it that they are so racist, stupid, ignorant or what is it? How can people think of voting against their own interests?

    C’mon Democrats, we have to win this election. Obama/Biden is our only hope. To all those Democrats who decide to vote for McCain/Palin, obviously something is wrong with you. You are either a racist, stupid, ignorant, just do not care about yourself and your family, easily brainwashed or just a psycho.

    This is America and we are in the 21st century and if any Democrat is going to vote for McCain because of Race, you are not an American. The republicans I expect no better from them, they are stupid from eversince. (Thank goodness there are a few smart ones )

    Posted by PATRICIA D | September 15, 2008, 3:09 am
  13. I know I am going off subject here, but I haven’t heard anyone mention it.

    Why is it everyone bashed Michele for saying for the first time she was really proud to be an American (some attempted even to delete the word “really”–and she had a right to believe that way considering the history of American slavery and inequality of blacks and whites) YET it was okay when McCain said he fell in love with America AFTER his capture????

    Posted by us yankee | September 15, 2008, 3:32 am
  14. About “Lipstick on His Collar”

    I am so grateful for this article as it comes to reassure me that I am not crazy and the only one with those thoughts!
    People, my mantra is “Yes, we CAN, Yes, we MUST!!!!!”
    Let’s elect Barack Obama as our president!

    Posted by Celia | September 15, 2008, 8:00 am
  15. John, keep doing what you are doing, informing Americans about the truth. I think McCain/Palin, when McCain was looking for a VP, he picked the name Palin because it rhymes with McCain talking about two peas in a pod! Keep the truth coming.

    Thanks. Oh yes we can! We Democrats will win this election.The republicans are forgetting We Americans are not stupid like they would want us to believe – they say it, “tell them lies and when we get to the White House we’ll change our mind”. Not this time, not again).

    Posted by Deborah Ifrene | September 15, 2008, 8:36 am
  16. This was a letter I was trying to send to Msmbc but I don’t think it went through.

    Dear Rachel
    I do not know how else to get this message to Senator Obama. And it my hope you will please air this so he hears it, or somehow get it to him. I know the Republicans are using every lie and scandal within their power to knock you out of this race, It could happen. But please Senator Obama their are people real people Americans that need you. I am one of those people, My husband lost his Job as well as I. We have been barley hanging on avoiding our lights being shut off, or kick out of apartment. We can’t find jobs and our future is hanging by threads.

    We lost our health ins our pride and our American dream, we have no were to turn and feel hopeless, Your the only thing we have left to hang unto for our children sake. we have not been able to work as much as we did on your campaign and we can no longer give money. But we can still walk and talk and that we are doing. You see Senator Obama your all we have left Please don’t give up or give in. It really hit home even through the many nights of going bed hungry and given our kids what we had to eat, losing our car, going to have our lights turn off, and worst yet may end up homeless after working 20 years this was our return for all the hard work. But the real wake up call was. went my husband had a bad tooth ache and could not find one place or one dentist to help us without INS or money. which forced my husband to take pillars and extract his own tooth nearly passing out from the pain and blood. Your all people like us have left. Please don’t forget us. No matter what happens just remember ” Yes we can”
    Deborah Hobson

    Posted by Deborah Hobson | September 15, 2008, 9:12 pm
  17. John, Oh, John, Where have you been all my life…of this campaign…? Thank you for your clear and specific insights into John MCcain. We needed that. It’s a filling in of the blanks for our gut feelings that he is not the with four more years of the last eight.
    Awesome! Just Awesome! Please continue, in these last 54 days, to provide the truth and your insight as to how we can get the truth in the hands of thousands of voters.
    With sincere thanks and appreciation,

    Linda Senior, Jacksonville, FL

    Posted by Linda Senior | September 15, 2008, 11:59 pm
  18. I hope Americans will be able to see reality from fiction. We are not watching a hollywood movie. This is our lives in jeopardy. Please Americans, wake up and smell the coffee. We can not and must not go through this for another 4 years. Please Vote OBAMA I know WE CAN. God Bless us all.

    Posted by Frederico de Souza | September 16, 2008, 1:17 am

    By Sam Vasciano

    Phil Gramm: vice-chairman of UBS Investment Bank, a financial services company based in Switzerland. As a lobbyist for this Swiss Bank UBS, Gramm pressured The US Congress to ease it’s restrictions on predatory lending tactics by mortgage brokers. For his efforts, Gramm received $750,000 from UBS in a one year period starting in 2007.

    Phil Gramm was John McCain’s presidential campaign co-chair and his most senior economic adviser from summer 2007 to July 18, 2008 when Gramm stepped down from his position with the McCain campaign; however, he quite often still accompanies John McCain during the campaign, and continues to be an unofficial adviser on economic and financial matters. (A private, non-public, basement campaign advisor is still an advisor)!
    Between 1995 and 2000 Phil Gramm, who was the chairman of the U .S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, received $1,000,914 in campaign contributions from the Securities & Investment Industry. Later in his Senate career, Gramm spearheaded efforts to pass banking laws, including the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which altered the depression-era Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Laws which separated banking, insurance and brokerage activities. Some of these vital provisions which prohibited a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
    So while advising the McCain campaign, Gramm was being paid by UBS to lobby Congress about the U.S. mortgage crisis. During this time, “the mortgage industry pressed Congress to roll back strong state rules that sought to stem the rise of predatory tactics used by lenders and=2 0brokers to place homeowners in high-cost mortgages.” According to Politico.com, Gramm had input on McCain’s March 26, 2008 policy speech on the mortgage crisis.
    In a July 9, 2008 interview explaining McCain’s plans in reforming the U.S. economy, Gramm downplayed the idea that the nation was in a recession, stating, “You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,” and “We have sort of become a nation of whiners, you just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline.” Although McCain claims he doesn’t believe we are a nation of whiners, he continuously claims the economy is still sound. Gramm’s comments immediately became a campaign issue. McCain’s opponent, Senator Barack Obama, said, “America already has one Dr. Phil. We don’t need another one when it comes to the economy. … This economic downturn is not in your head.” McCain strongly denounced Gramm’s comments. Gramm later attempted to clarify his comment, explaining that he had used the word “whiners” to describe the nation’s politicians rather than the public, stating “the whiners are the leaders.” In the same interview, Gramm stated, “I’m not going to retract any of it. Every word I said was true.” I understand since those are Mr. Gramm beliefs there is no need to retract. However in McCain’s campaign spe ech on 09/15/2008, even after numerous investment houses have just folded and many more on the brink, while the stock market fell today by more than 500 points, McCain still continues to echo his friend’s failed economy policy that, “NEVERTHLESS THE ECONOMY IS STILL FUNDAMENTALLY STRONG”. Does John McCain understand what this means? Whose economy is McCain referring to?

    Banking Deregulation and the 2008 Mortgage Crisis
    In his Senate career, Phil Gramm spearheaded efforts to change banking restriction laws, including the landmark Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which served to reduce government regulations in existence since the Great Depression separating banking, insurance and brokerage activities. Years later, critics of Gramm point out that this same legislation has been pivotal in encouraging the corporate practices that led to the 2008 mortgage crises. Provisions which prohibit a bank holding company from owning other financial companies were repealed in 1999 by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.
    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act, Pub. L. No. 106-102, 113 Stat. 1338 (November 12, 1999), is an Act of the United States Congress which repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, opening up competition among banks, securities companies and insurance companies. The Glass-Steagall Act prohibited a bank from offering investment , commercial banking, and insurance services. The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the United States and included banking reforms, some of which were designed to control speculation. So me provisions such as Regulation Q that allowed the Federal Reserve to regulate interest rates in savings accounts were repealed by the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 which is a US Federal Statute Law which gave the Federal Reserve greater control over non-member banks. Its main purpose was to force all banks to abide by the Fed’s rules. It also allowed banks to merge. Its secondary purpose was to allow credit unions and savings and loans to offer checkable deposits. The law also removed the power of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors under the Glass-Steagall Act and Regulation Q to set the interest rates of savings accounts.


    Phil Gramm’s Involvement in “Enron Loophole” Legislation
    Phil Gramm was one of five co-sponsors of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. One provision of the bill was referred to as the “Enron loophole” because the House Agriculture Committee drafted it and it was later applied to Enron. Some critics blame the provision for permitting the Enron scandal to occur. At the time, Gramm’s wife was on the Enron’s board of directors.
    As a senator, Gramm often called for reductions in corporate taxes and less government spending on programs for the poor and middle-class. He employed his “Dicky Flatt Test” to determine if federal programs were worthwhile. (Richard “Dicky” Flatt owns a family run printing business started by his father and mother in Mexia, Texas, and is a longtime Gramm supporter). In Gramm’s eyes, Flatt embodied the travails that a typical Texas independent small businessman faced in the realm of taxation and government spending. Flatt agrees with many of the political opinions of Gramm on less corporate taxation.
    This is the policy which John McCain subscribes to and Sarah Palin now espouses. Gramm still travels around with McCain and advises him. Why isn’t anyone talking about this. Perhaps the Democrats are speaking but they ne ed to speak louder and make it clearer to the people why McCain’s advisors and policies got us in this mess and tell them why Gramm is so dangerous to the American economy and why McCain doesn’t get it!!

    Sam Vasciano

    Compromise over Community Reinvestment Act crucial to repeal of Glass-Steagall
    Kuttner, Robert (2007-09-24). “The Bubble Economy”. The American Prospect.
    Ekelund, Robert; Thornton, Mark (2008-09-04). “More Awful Truths About Republicans “. Ludwig von Mises Institute. Retrieved on 2008-09-07.
    Community Reinvestment Act Amendments in the Gramm-Leach Act,

    Posted by WE MUST WIN, LOSING IS NOT AN OPTION | September 16, 2008, 8:46 am
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